Praising the Lord in Song
Hymns are a way to praise, worship and give thanks to God our Father. Their lyrics inspire us, and they help put words on our lips and hearts during our conversations with Him.
Following are some of the favourite songs from members of the Communications Ministry. May the words and music inspire you.
If they do not sound familiar, click on the links to hear them on YouTube!
Choice of Verity Alison Low
Sing Praises to the Living God [ LISTEN ]
Author: Sebastian Temple
"Sing Praises to the Living God” is my favourite hymn because it tells us simply that God is always here for us, no matter what the circumstances.
That he is the one constant in our lives is expressed clearly and vividly in the following verse: “Though sun and moon may pass away, His Word will ever stay. His power is forevermore, Glory Alleluia!”
This song is of great sentimental value to me. Growing up, the choir would always sing this hymn during weekday masses that I would attend regularly with my late grandma. After not having heard it for some years, I was delighted to hear it at mass one day; the very first time I brought my non-Catholic husband to church! We later selected it as the entrance hymn for our wedding mass.
Choice of Stacey Rodrigues
Testify to Love [ LISTEN ]
A song I always turn to is “Testify to Love” by Avalon. It’s not a hymn but more a praise and worship song - a reminder and a pledge that no matter what happens in my life, I should testify to love.
One of the lines in the song “I’ll be your witness in the silences when words are not enough” is a tall order that I challenge myself to fulfill.
Whenever I need to be reminded to come back to the basics of love and God, I’ll choose this one from my playlist.
Choice of Celine Fook
GLORIA [ LISTEN ]
Gloria - Mass of the Sacred Heart By Timothy R. Smith
In the YouTube video, sung by OLPS Cantate Domino Choir
This hymn is sung at mass every Sunday (except during the season of Lent) and it reminds me of God’s mercy and sacrifice for his people. It is both a hymn of praise and a song of reverence, as it reminds us of the gift that God has given us.
It is my favourite hymn because of the following lines,
“You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
You take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.”
A child is so precious to any parent and yet, God gave us his only son for the forgiveness of our sins.
The hymn prompts me to reflect on my actions every week: am I contributing to the sins of the world through my actions, and therefore having to "trouble God" to take the sin away, or am I choosing not to sin despite the temptations like Jesus.
Personally, singing this hymn is a simple way to praise God. It is easy to remember as it is sung at mass every week (except during Lent), and the words are very straightforward, e.g. “we praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory.”
There are also many ways of singing this hymn, which makes it interesting and fun!
Do you have a favourite Christian song or hymn?
Article by OLPS Communications Ministry
The views and recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the priests of the parish or the Catholic Church of Singapore.