What is a hymn?

It is singing the praises and glorifying God. If you praise God and glorify Him and do

not sing, you utter no hymn. If you praise and glorify anything which does not pertain to

the praise and the glory of God — though in singing you praise and glorify, you utter no

hymn. A hymn contains these three things: song, praises and glory to our God.

Hence, praising and glorifying God in a song is called a hymn.

Hymns’ singing is a representative of how your heart feels: –

happiness, sorrow, thankfulness, spiritual battle, etc.

Refer back to Col 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one

another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the


We are encouraged to sing with our hearts, not just our mouths and voice. God does not

take into the importance of whether we’ve beautiful voice or sing in-tune to the music.

What’s more important to Him is how we sing hymns, is it from our hearts? Even though

we have beautiful voice and sing great but if the heart is not in it, we are only making


We should sing as audible as we can. Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play

skillfully with a loud noise.

Psalm 66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye


In Psalm 33:3, noise here means audible and in Psalm 66:1 it means hymn

What’s the difference between the noise mentioned in Psalm 33:3 and Amos 5:23? Sing

with our hearts to please God.

Amos 5:23

Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy


Eph 5:19

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making

melody in your heart to the Lord;

Hallelujah! God do listen to our hymns singing!

Let us follow what Apostle Paul had taught us in Colossian 3:16 and never underestimate

the importance of hymns singing i.e. For teaching & admonishing and thanksgiving to

God, and never forgets… God hears our hymns singing from our hearts.



The Importance of singing Hymns

By Sam

The church has always emphasize the importance of singing hymns in to the church

members, young and old alike. We have heard a lot about it from the ministers as well as

the hymnal leaders and choirmaster, but why, why do we sing hymns in church? Why do

we form choirs? Why do we teach the small children hymns during REU? Why do we

have hymnal sessions teaching hymns to the church members every Saturdays?

There are some would say that singing hymns would provide the church members an

opportunity to become actively involved. Others might wonder that it is an activity that

clears away social and community differences and creates a sense of unity and harmony.

Both of these statements hold true to some extent, but the importance of hymns singing

are much more than that.

Let us learn what Apostle Paul had to say: – Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you

richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and

spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Here Apostle Paul mentioned a few things: –

Teaching and admonishing reprove the word of Christ with one another richly in

wisdom through psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

 Singing them gracefully in our hearts to the Lord.

Hymns’ singing is for teaching and admonish. When we look at our hymn book, we

would see each and every hymn is related to at least one verse in the Bible, i.e. every

hymn is related to the words of Christ. As we know, Bible teaches us how to be good

stewards to our Master, our Lord Jesus Christ and also acts as a mirror, some sort of

measurement of our faith and our actions. Hence, when we sing hymns, we are actually

constantly reminding ourselves of God’s teachings and to know whether we have been

walking on the correct path that God wants us to tread. Just like a sermon accompanying

with music.

It is found that humans can only absorbed 20% of what they hear from sermons. By

comparing with a combination of the words and melody, hymns’ singing is a stronger

edifying tool. Hymns are repeated frequently, which is an important factor of

memorization, adding together the music and rhymed verses, making the hymns much

more digestible and stick to the mind longer.

Hymns’ singing is an act of Thanksgiving to God. The book of Psalms filled with

thanksgiving. See: – Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will

magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 75:1 To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. Unto thee, O

God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy

wondrous works declare.

Psalm 92:1 A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto

the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.



 What Makes a Hymn “Great hymns of the Faith”? by Roger Bergs

By Sola Scriptura Ministries International

In the ongoing debate and discussions over musical style in many churches, defenders of tradition in worship will often refer to their canon of congregational songs as “the great hymns of the faith.” While every tradition (and every traditionalist) will identify certain songs of praise in this category, all too often “great hymns of the faith” is a thinly-veiled synonym for “the songs that I happen to like.” Their criticism of the subjectivity of the proponents of contemporary worship songs is being answered by a similar subjectivity of their own.

But do any objective standards exist to help us evaluate congregational songs? What is it that makes “great hymns of the faith” great? Let’s take a case example to point us in the right direction.

Crown Him with Many Crowns is a hymn with twelve stanzas in its original form. The text was written by two Anglican ministers—Godfrey Thring (1823–1903) and Matthew Bridges (1800–94)—in the mid 19th-century. The tune Diademata was written specifically for this text by George Elvey (1816–93), an organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

It is a hymn that has achieved widespread popularity in traditions ranging from Anglican to Baptist. It is a hymn that would comfortably fit into the category “great hymns of the faith” in the estimation of most of those who would use such a term.

But what makes it “great”? Let me answer it in a roundabout way:

Do you know the difference between a contradiction and a paradox? In a contradiction, two opposing ideas are present, and at least one of those ideas must be false. It is impossible for both to be true simultaneously. In a paradox, on the other hand, two seemingly contradictory ideas are put forth, and we must wrestle with how it is possible for both to be true simultaneously. A paradox is a literary technique that is useful in pointing our hearts and minds to deeper truths that escape the grasp of common speech.

Faithful believers assert that the Christian faith is free of contradictions, but contains plenty of paradoxes. For example, we describe Christ’s nature as “fully human and fully divine”, and not half-and-half. Or we wrestle with the competing ideas of God’s total sovereignty and human responsibility for our sin. Even the very idea of the Trinity (one God in three persons) can seem paradoxical until we consider it more deeply.

In poetry, there is a device called a chiasmus that works like this: [idea or word A] followed by [idea or word B]; then [B] followed by [A].  A simple example from Julius Caesar: “Hail, Caesar! Caesar, hail!”

The textual brilliance of the hymn Crown Him with Many Crowns lies in the poets’ use of the chiasmus to articulate paradoxes in the Christian faith. So for example:

Crown Him the Son of God, before the worlds began,
And ye who tread where He hath trod, crown Him the Son of Man;


Crown Him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise.

The most compelling line in the whole hymn runs:

Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

The hymn is filled with reasons to praise our victorious Saviour. The triumphant nature of the tune that colours this text is a perfect fit. And when such a tune forces us to articulate such a paradoxical yet crucial truth—all in one breath—we have a near-perfect unity of poetry, theology and music that must elevate this hymn to be one of the “great hymns of the faith”. It is not just a nice song that many people like. And this unity of poetry, theology and music parallels the unity of mind, spirit and body that must form any worship that we can offer with any integrity.