Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Power of a Song

Ira David Sankey

Reknowned soloist and song-leader Ira Sankey worked with the great evangelist D.L. Moody in his evangelistic crusades. He knew the power of a gospel song. He wrote in his book, Sankey's Story of the Gospel Hymns, "I have known a hymn to do God's work in a soul when every other instrumentality has failed. I could not enumerate the times God has rescued and saved my soul from darkness, discouragement and weariness by the singing of a hymn, generally by bringing one to my own heart and causing me to sing it to myself." I echo Sankey's sentiments. God has ministered to my spirit countless times in powerful ways through an old hymn. Just tonight I sat at the piano and played several hymns. God brought a measure of peace to my troubled soul through the tunes and lyrics of these classic pieces of music.

I have found over these 60 years that one of the best devotional tools, for me, is a well-worn hymn book. Be blessed today as you recall the words to your favorite hymn or gospel song!

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