"SINGING REDEMPTION’S SONG"
"By His own blood…having obtained eternal redemption for us" (Heb. 9.12)
INTRO.: A song which praises Jesus Christ for having obtained eternal redemption for us by His own blood is "Singing Redemption’s Song" (#514 in Hymns for Worship Revised, and #442 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written and the tune was composed both by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1987). The song is dated 1923. I have not been able to find any further information about its background. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1938/1944 (New) Wonderful Songs edited by Thomas S. Cobb; the 1943 Standard Gospel Songs and the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 both edited by Teddlie; the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Worship both edited by Reuel Lemmons; and the 1963 Abiding Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch. Today it may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church and the 1990 Songs of the Church 21st C. Ed. both edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 (Church) Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; in addition to Hymns for Worship, Sacred Selections, and the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.
The song expresses the joy and adoration of the saints of all ages for the redemption that is in Christ.
I. Stanza 1 says that angels are singing redemption’s song
"Angels are singing redemption’s sweet song, Wonderful theme, glorious theme!
Shout the glad message and join in the throng, Singing redemption’s song!"
A. Even the angels sing songs of praise to Christ for providing redemption for mankind: Rev. 5.11-12
B. Here on earth the saints can shout the glad message that God is light: 1 Jn. 1.5
C. Thus, believers now can join with the throngs above to give glory to God: Lk. 2.13-14
II. Stanza 2 says that heaven resounds with redemption’s song
"Over and over the melodies ring, Wonderful theme, glorious theme!
Heaven resounds with the tribute they bring, Singing redemption’s song!"
A. Over and over the melodies ring because those who have victory continue to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb: Rev. 15.2-4
B. Heaven is the place where God’s throne is located : Rev. 4.1-2 C. It is where He hears the tribute of praise that the righteous bring to Him: Rev. 4. 8-11
III. Stanza 3 says that we shall join with the angels in redemption’s song
"Joy beyond measure awaits us up there, Wonderful theme, glorious theme!
Soon we shall join with the angels so fair, Singing redemption’s sweet song."
A. As we look forward to that time when we can dwell in the presence of God, we understand that joy beyond measure awaits us up there: Ps. 16.11
B. Therefore, we know that, given the fact that our days upon earth are limited, soon we shall depart and be with Christ: Phil. 1.23
C. Then, when we reach the heavenly realms, we shall join with the angels so fair as they worship Christ: Heb. 1.6 (Both Hymns for Worship and Sacred Selections have "angels up there;" however, most other books read, "angels so fair." The problem is compounded by the fact that Teddlie’s own 1943 Standard Gospel Hymns reads "up there," and I assume that Sacred Selections probably took the song from this book and Hymns for Worship copied it out of Sacred Selections, whereas Teddlie’s 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 reads "so fair")
CONCL.: The chorus repeats the main theme of thanksgiving for redemption.
"Sing the sweet story–redemption’s sweet song; Over and over the chorus prolong.
Shout the glad message and join with the throng.
Ever we’ll sing praise to the King, Singing redemption’s song."
This song has an exuberance that his hard to ignore. When we consider how degraded all of us were in our sins and what Christ has made possible for us by His death upon the cross, it should be our highest aim, both here and in eternity, to be "Singing Redemption’s Song."