Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice!
This song, sung to the tune “Old Hundredth” – to which the Doxology is often sung – has some wonderful lyrics, which resonate with the church universal.
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him and rejoice.
All people that dwell on the earth should sing to the Lord with a cheerful voice. I love singing, and especially praising God. I find it interesting that the way I sing very much depends on the song – I put on a more “contemporary” voice for the modern praise and worship songs, and a stronger, more traditional voice for the older hymns. Personally, I love singing the old hymns, and always do so with a “cheerful” voice – whether old or new, coming to praise God through music is something that I love and always brings cheer to my heart.
O enter then his gates with praise,
Approach with joy his courts unto;
Praise, laud and bless his name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? The Lord our God is good,
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.
Praise, laud (meaning: extol, or praise highly) and bless his name always, for the Lord is good. It’s important to praise God always – and this is something that I try to do in my life – to praise God always, no matter what I’m doing. Packing boxes and getting ready to move? Praise God! Cleaning the dishes? Praise God! Finishing off assignments for College? Praise God! No matter what you do in life, use it as an opportunity to praise God always.