“Songs of Salvation”

"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb…" (Rev. 15:3)

     INTRO.: A hymn which mentions the wonderful songs being sung by the saints above is "Songs of Salvation," often known by its first line "In Heaven They’re Singing (#259 in Hymns for Worship Revised). The text was written and the tune was composed both by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1987). It was copyrighted in 1937 and first published in his book Songs of Salvation. Teddlie was a gospel preacher associated with churches of Christ and a prolific hymn writer. Among his best known hymns are "Heaven Holds All to Me," perhaps his most famous; "Worthy Art Thou," a great hymn of praise to Christ; and "The Lord’s Supper" or "When We Meet in Sweet Communion," an often used song to prepare a congregation for the Lord’s supper. Some of his other hymns include "Cast All Your Burdens on Jesus," "Don’t Wait Too Long," "In the Service of My King" or "To the Harvest Fields," "O God of Infinite Mercy," "Singing Redemption’s Song" or "Angels Are Singing," "The Depth of God’s Love" or "Oh the Depth and the Riches," "Time Enough Yet," "We Shall Meet Some Day," "What Mighty Power," and "What Will Your Answer Be?" or "Some Day You’ll Stand at the Bar."

     Teddlie also provided tunes for words of others, such as "Fountain Of Love" by Kate Ulmer, "Oft When the Twilight" by Newton W. Allphin,"  "Into Our Hands" by Mrs. Ruth Carruth Johnson, and "The Master’s Touch" by Mrs. Walla Calvert Smith, among others.  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Songs of Salvation" appeared in the 1938 Spiritual Melodies, the 1943 Standard Gospel Songs, and the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 all edited by Teddlie; and the 1978 Hymns of Praise edited by Reuel Lemmons.  Today it may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 Church Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; and the 1999 Into Our Hands Songs for the Church edited by Leland R. Fleming; in addition to Hymns for Worship and the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     The song helps to set our affections on things above where the righteous will sing forever.

I. Stanza 1 talks about the place of this singing
"In heaven they’re singing a wonderful song,
A theme that shall never grow old;
And glorified millions are singing it now
In that beautiful city of gold."
 A. The Bible often refers to heaven as the place where the Christian hopes to be after this life is over: 1 Pet. 1:3-5
 B. The theme that will be sung there will never grow old because the inhabitants will have eternal life: 1 Jn. 2:25
 C. Glorified millions are pictured as singing it even now in that beautiful city of gold: Rev. 5:8-10

II. Stanza 2 talks about the beauty of this singing
"We read of its beauty, but somehow, we know,
Its glory has never been told;
But think of the rapturous singing up there
In that beautiful city of gold."
 A. The Bible, using highly figurative language that appeals to our finite knowledge of things on earth, tells us of the wondrous beauty of that city of gold: Rev. 21:10-21
 B. However, we know that in actuality its glory has never been told because the terms depicting its beauty are merely signs or symbols: Rev. 1:1
 C. Yet we do read of the rapturous singing that will characterize this city of gold: Rev. 14:2-3

III. Stanza 3 talks about the participants of this singing
"What music we’ll hear when the ransomed of earth
Shall enter that heavenly fold,
When all redeemed singers shall join in that song
In that beautiful city of gold."
 A. The ransomed are those who choose by their obedience to His will to receive the results of the ransom that Jesus paid by giving His life: Matt. 20:28
 B. These will be the ones who have received redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Eph. 1:7
 C. And these are the ones, having their robes washed and made white, who will enter that heavenly fold and join in that sing: Rev. 7:9-15

     CONCL.: The chorus continues to focus our attention on that beautiful city of gold that God has prepared for His people.
"They’re singing the songs of salvation,
A story that never grows old;
And glorified millions are singing it now
In that beautiful city of gold."
One of the joys of assembling together with the church here on earth to sing songs of praise to God is that it is a foretaste of that future time for which all Christians hope when we shall gather with the redeemed of all ages to join with them and the angels above in that eternal home to sing forever the "Songs of Salvation."


2 thoughts on ““Songs of Salvation”

  1. I have always loved this beautiful song and have had it on my mind most of the day. I really had forgotten that Tillit Teddlie wrote it. I knew him very well and attended his grave side service here in Greenville, TX. In years back he served as our pulpit minister in Sulphur Springs, TX and taught singing lessons. My wife and I visited him in his later years here in Greenville. He was still writting hymns and shared some of his latest works with us. Tillit was an inspiring Souldier of CHRIST, Our Lord and Savior.

    It was a real pleasure to have known Tillit S Teddlie. Byrd McCracken Greenville, TX.


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