Excerpt from New Hymn and Tune Book: An Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church
That music has from the earliest period of time been regarded as one of the greatest means of ascribing adoration and praise to Almighty God, is a truth which must be obvious to the ... mind of every intelligent Christian.
When at the fiat of Infinite Wisdom a universe sprang into existence; when the proud waves of the deep were stayed, and the earth wore a rich mantle of verdure, fresh from the hand of its Creator; when the music of a thousand streams mingled with the melody of birds and ¿owers, the volume of inspira tion tells us the morning stars sang together for joy. It was not the carol of a little twinkling star at one corner of the universe, nor a choir or quartette of the asteroids, but a grand chorus of God's heavens singing out, in concert with nature, praise and glory to him who gave them birth!
When from the land of their captivity the children of Israel passed over the Red Sea on dry land, and beheld their enemies engulfed beneath its returning waters, a choral anthem, composed by Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, was then sung by the multitude, being in number six hundred thousand. David, the sweet singer of Israel, called 11 on the ¿oods to clap their hands, and the hills to shout together for joy. An then in the ecstasy of his soul he exclaims, 0 come, let us sing unto the Lord let us make a joyful noise unto the God of our salvation. Again he bursts forth in strains like these Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord and again, Let the people praise thee, O God. Let all the people praise thee.
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