A Song of the Heart

Last night I awoke to an unusual dream. A 40 to 50 person choir practiced an unfamiliar hymn within a large, cathedral like space under the direction of a stunningly “fair” director, who embodied meekness, confidence, and great competence. In conjunction with a subsequent meeting, a significantly larger number spontaneously joined the choir to sing. Unflustered, the director led this seemingly random body comprising a broad range of experience and talent in a spectacular way. With the most exquisite voice I have ever heard, all responded to her profound intent of heart and passion to create a truly incredible worship experience.

Upon waking, I pondered several scriptures (highlights added):

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12)

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 (Ephesians 5:19–20)

For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing. For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness. For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God. And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such. (Moroni 7:6–9)

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30)

And as I have prayed among you even so shall ye pray in my church, among my people who do repent and are baptized in my name. Behold I am the light; I have set an example for you. (3 Nephi 18:16)

I have always wondered about those prayers said by the Lord that couldn’t be written (see: 3 Nephi 17:15–17). What did it sound like when He who truly “perfected praise” sang hymns to the Father? How did that affect those around Him?

One Reply to “A Song of the Heart”

  1. This evening I am reminded of sitting in the congregation of the Presbyterian church in Colombia SC and hearing one of my favorite hymns. I looked about the sanctuary while these words were sung, fully expecting to see angels participating; it was a profoundly spiritual experience:

    3 Your sure provisions gracious God
    attend me all my days;
    oh, may your house be my abode,
    and all my work be praise.
    Here would I find a settled rest,
    while others go and come;
    no more a stranger, nor a guest,
    but like a child at home.

    (see: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need)

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