“O Come, Let Us Sing”

“O COME, LET US SING”
“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Heb. 13:14)

     INTRO.: A song which looks forward to that continuing city which we seek to come is “O Come, Let Us Sing.” The text was written and the tune was composed both by Albert Fredericks. I have not been able to find any further information about this author-composer. The song is listed as copyright 1931 by the Gospel Advocate Publishing Co. It appears that many of the songs owned by the Gospel Advocate Publishing Co. during this time were actually renewals or assignments from other publishing companies, but I do not know if that is true of this one or not. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, “O Come, Let Us Sing” appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song looks forward to the mansion fair in the home over there.

I. Stanza 1 points out that it will be a place of rest
“O come, let us sing of the rest by and by,
When life and its labors are o’er,
Of that home where they know not a tear or a sigh,
Where sorrows will come no more.”
 A. The rest that those who die in the Lord enjoy is a foretaste of the rest by and by: Rev. 14:13
 B. This rest for the righteous begins when life and its labors are over at death: Ps. 116:15
 C. Thus, like the patriarchs, they can seek a homeland prepared by God: Heb. 11:13-16

II. Stanza 2 points out that it will be a place of eternal life
“For soon all the hardships of life will be past,
All suffering and sickness and pain,
Temptations and trials be ended at last,
And life everlasting we’ll gain.”
 A. Soon all the hardships of life will be past when we die: Heb. 9:27
 B. At that time, when we reach that home in heaven, all suffering, sickness, pain, temptations, and trials will be ended: Rev. 21:1-4
 C. Then, in the world to come, we shall gain everlasting life: Mk. 10:29-30

III. Stanza 3 points out that it will be a place where we shall see the King
“The King in His glory and beauty we’ll see;
We’ll dwell in the city of gold.
No more to go out, evermore we will be
Secure in the heavenly fold.”
 A. We shall see our King in His glory and beauty when He comes to take us home: 1 Jn. 3:1-3
 B. Then we shall dwell in the city of gold: Rev. 21:18
 C. And we shall no more go out but will be evermore secure in the heavenly fold, having the right to the tree of life: Rev. 22:14-15

     CONCL.: The chorus exhorts us to sing of our hope for that place where we shall be at rest.
“O come, let us sing
Of the home over there;
We’ll soon be at rest over there,
At home in the mansion fair.”
Yes, we have responsibilities in this life that should occupy our minds here in this world as to how we can fulfill them consistent with God’s word. However, as those who are to set their affections on things above and not on this earth, we should certainly keep our minds focused on the ultimate goal of eternal life in heaven. Therefore, Christians will constantly be thinking of heaven and encouraging each other, saying of that eternal home, “O Come, Let Us Sing.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s