Each month, when we conduct a devotional at the local nursing home, one of my favorite things to do is to watch the residents as they sing. None of them have a hymnal in front of them, but they can still remember every word of the songs. Even those who struggle to carry on a conversation can still mouth the words of those beautiful hymns which were impressed upon their memories during the earlier parts of their lives.
Several years ago, we had a close friend and christian sister who developed Alzheimer’s. Her loving husband did not want her to be placed in a nursing home, so he cared for her at their home. Before she died, she got to a point that she did not know who or where she was. She no longer knew her husband.
Each Sunday morning, the man would dress his wife, apply her makeup, and then bring her with him to church. They had faithfully attended church together for 60 or more years. During those last few weeks, the lady sat in stony silence, unable to even acknowledge the greetings of others.
But when the singing began, the silence ended. This precious lady had long been known for her beautiful alto voice. Through singing, the beloved sister praised her creator until the end.
I read an article today about why we worship God through singing. The author masterfully pointed up several biblical reasons as to why God wants us to sing. But personally, I believe that there is at least one more besides those he enumerated.
If we praise God regularly and often in song while our minds are young and impressionable, then we will remember him when our minds become old and forgetful. There may come a time when we cannot remember our own name, but through singing we may always remember His.
“17 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” (Psalm 7:17) ESV
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