a. Because this form of worship is pleasing to
God, and is, therefore, elevating and inspiring.
6. Because it lifts the soul of the believer
heavenward by hallowing the affections and sub¬
jugating the will.
c. Because these divine hymns and songs often
make us, for the time being, forgetful of all earthly
cares, sorrows, and fears, by strengthening our faith
in God, and filling us with the hope of blessed¬
ness in this world and that which is to come.
d. These divine songs and hymns often fill
our hearts with divine love, and lift our souls up
to the very bosom of Him who is the fountain
The great king" of Israel—that warrior who
never lost a battle; that musical king, whose
melodious harp and voice did cast out evil spirits;
that poetical king, whose songs, and hymns, and
odes were inspired by the breath of heaven—
experienced the truths we have uttered when he
" Thou shalt increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
I also will praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth,
O, my God!
I will praise thee with the harp, O, thou holy one of
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee,
And my soul, which thou hast redeemed."
—Psalm bad, 21-23.