I set my coffee mug down on the table by my chair, sat down and pulled my computer to my lap. I said, “Alexa, play Abiding Radio.” I have it set on “instrumental” right now. I love beautifully orchestrated sacred music.
The first song I heard was “As morning gilds the skies, my heart ,awakening, cries, ‘May Jesus Christ be praised!'” As I listened, I did an instant time travel back to when I was about eight or nine years old.
The music director at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis had decided to start a children’s choir. Oh, my heart! I was so excited! I loved to sing, and I think I may have been first in line to audition!
Glory! I was accepted into the choir, and under the director’s able leadership, we tackled some pretty hard music. This hymn was one that I clearly remember. He went over the words with us, making sure we knew exactly what the song meant. And by the way, that’s a really good thing to do when your kids are memorizing scripture. Helps them “get it” faster when they fully understand what the words mean.
That hymn was a paean of praise, and I have loved it ever since. Here’s a beautiful version for your enjoyment: