"SAINTS OF GOD, REJOICE AND SING!"
"Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness" (Ps. 30:4)
INTRO.: A song which encourages the saints to sing to the Lord and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness is "Saints of God, Rejoice and Sing!" The text was written and the tune (Rejoice and Sing) was composed both by Austin Taylor who was born on Oct. 14, 1881, in Morgantown, KY, and died in 1973 at Uvalde, TX. In 1890 he moved with his parents, who had been baptized in 1868 at Cane Ridge, KY, to Sherman, TX, where he began his music career as a singing school teacher and song writer. His first song book, The Gospel Messenger, was published in 1905. After his marriage in 1908, he made his home first at Mineral Wells and then at Uvalde, TX. During his lifetime, he composed about two hundred gospel songs, published some 25 song books, and edited many others for the Firm Foundation Co. Probably his two best-known songs are "Closer to Thee" and "Do All in the Name of the Lord," with "Home on the Banks of the River" running close behind. His hymn "Saints of God, Rejoice and Sing!" was copyrighted in 1927 and first published in 1928. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson; and the 1938/1944 New Wonderful Songs edited by Thomas S. Cobb.
The song gives several reasons why God’s saints can rejoice and sing.
I. Stanza 1 says that we can rejoice and sing because God cares for us
"Saints of God, rejoice and sing! From the heart rejoice and sing!
Through the storms and strife, and the cares of life, Rejoice, rejoice, and sing!"
A. The saints of God are those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus: 1 Cor. 1:1-2
B. These saints are to sing and make melody to the Lord from their hearts: Eph. 5:19
C. One motivation for this singing is that through the storms and strife, they can cast all their cares on Him: 1 Pet. 5:7
II. Stanza 2 says that we can rejoice and sing because God is love
"God is love–rejoice and sing! Look above–rejoice and sing!
Heaven’s King extol; from a trusting soul Rejoice, rejoice, and sing!"
A. The Bible teaches that God is love: 1 Jn. 4:8
B. Because He loves us, we can look above for help in life: Ps. 121:1-2
C. Therefore, our trusting souls should extol heaven’s King: Ps. 145:1
III. Stanza 3 says that we can rejoice and sing because God sent His Son
"Praise the Lord with glad acclaim; Shout His worth and praise His name.
To the new born King, let your praises ring; Rejoice, rejoice, and sing!"
A. The saints should praise the Lord: Ps. 111:1
B. There are many ways to praise God, but one way is to shout His worth: Ps. 47:1-2
C. One thing that God has done to bring about such praising and shouting is sending His Son to be our King and Savior: Lk. 2:11-14
IV. Stanza 4 says that we can rejoice and sing becasue God gives cheer both morning and evening
"Let the morning give you cheer, And the evening bring no fear;
For the God above is a God of love: Rejoice, rejoice, and sing!"
A. The morning should give cheer to God’s saints: Ps. 5:3
B. Also, the evening should bring no fear for God’s saints: Ps. 141:1
C. We can praise God morning and evening because whether day or night we can address Him as our Father in heaven above: Matt. 6:9
CONCL.: This is a relatively short song, and short songs are sometimes easy to overlook. This song has not been included in any of our more recent hymnbooks, and such songs are often easily forgotten. This might be considered by some just a "children’s song," although no book that I’ve seen has put it in that category. There are many possible reasons to ignore this song, but in a world where many things happen to discourage God’s people, it is good to have a song that tells us, "Saints of God, Rejoice and Sing!"