For the last several months, we can rarely get in the car without one or more children requesting, “Come, Children, Join to Sing” CD. This CD (Performed by the Herbster cousins) has been a special blessing to our family. In one particular outing, our 2-year old kept requesting the same song over and over. In a 15-minute trip, we repeated it about five times! The repetition caused me to contemplate a little more on the words than a passing “sing-through”.
Come, Christians, join to sing
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
This hymn opens with a call to worship our King. The hymnwriter admonishes us all to worship with our heart and our voice before the throne of God. Psalm 95:6 says, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
The second verse reminds us that Christ is “our Guide and Friend; To us He’ll condescend.” What a comfort and blessing this truth is! He came down to earth to suffer and die for us that we may live!
The poignant third verses states:
Praise yet our Christ again,
Life shall not end the strain;
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
Again, praise our Christ–but think about this, Christians, our praise will not end at the conclusion of our life! Rather, forevermore we will be singing of “His goodness on heaven’s blissful shore.”
As another hymnwriter wrote-“What a day (what an eternity!) of rejoicing that will be when we see Christ.”
I am thankful my children sing this hymn. What a humble reminder of what joy can be ours when we take time to reflect and rejoice in our King, our Guide, our Friend–our Christ, Lord and Savior!
Come, Christian, join to sing, Alleluia Amen!