From: Bob Williams
... with hearts and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices ...
Do we thank God with our whole being for the “wondrous things” He has done? Do we only, or even, thank Him over meals, at church or on Thanksgiving? Do we, or the world, rejoice in what God has done for us? Do we know or care what He has done for us?
This great Reformation-era hymn lifts up our spirits as we focus on and thank God for the blessings, that in grace, He bestows on us. This hymn was penned in 1663 and set to music that was written in 1647, yet the call to praise and thank God is no less important today as it was then. The issue is, do we do this, or even believe we should do this? Without faith and a thankful heart, singing songs like this is empty noise, mouthing words without meaning.
Recent studies reflect that more and more people, especially younger people, are unchurched, with relatively few having and reading the Bible. This would bring into question where they get any information about God and what He has done for them. Most likely not from television, probably not from the Internet, and definitely not from the school system, including most colleges and universities.
That’s one reason I’m thankful to the Winona Post for having “a matter of faith” column. Otherwise many would never know that the Apostle Paul encourages believers in Ephesians 5:19-20 with: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s not just for Sunday and Thanksgiving; it’s an attitude of heart-felt gratitude. Paul further encourages us to: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice,” (Phil. 4:4). Paul even tells us in Galatians 5:22 where joy, the root word in rejoice, comes from: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith, meekness, temperance.”
The only way to access these blessings and to “rejoice” is to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that His death on the cross was totally sufficient to pay for your sin debt (Col. 2:14). Then you can rejoice in the fact that you are: “... blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,” where “to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace,” (Eph. 1:3-7).
So heartily sing this, and similar songs, “making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks” for the ... countless gifts of love, and still are ours today.