THE rapturous charm of music! What power in its spirit-chords of subduing
harmony to soften, melt, enchain! Truly there is wonderful power in music. It
calls the religious devotee to worship, the patriot to his country’s altar,
the philanthropist to his generous work. It elevates, empowers, and strengthens.
Who does not know the softening power of music, especially the music of the
human voice is the most perfect musical instrument ever made, and well it might
be, for it had the most skilful Maker. The voice should be cultivated to sing
the tones of love to man and God, to sing the beautiful songs of Zion. At the
altar of God it should pour forth melodious praise. How sweet it makes the
worship of God to have the reverent emotions poured out in song! Children should
be taught to sing; for what is sweeter than the songs of innocent childhood, so
refining, so refreshing, so suggestive of heaven?
sweetens the cup of bitterness, softens the hand of want, lightens the burden of
life, makes the heart courageous and the soul cheerfully devout. Into the soul
of childhood and youth it pours a tide of redeeming influence. The “sweet
singer of Israel” wedded his sincerest prayers to melody and wafted them
upward on the night air from his throbbing heart. In the soul that has been
touched and made tender by pain, music finds a place where it may murmur its
is healthful. There is no better cure for bad humors. We know of nothing more
genial and heart-warming than to hear the whole family joining in a hymn or
song. They will love each other and their home better for it. The hymn sung by a
mother to her little boy may in after-days be a voice that will recall him from
ruin. No family can afford to do without music. When rightly used, its effects,
physical, intellectual, and moral, are good, very good, and only good.
Almighty hath made man to sing songs of praise to him throughout all eternity.
Yes, there will be music in heaven.