“You have to be able to hum it” ~ MJ
Psalm 126 – Speaking
to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. —Ephesians 5:19
know why bees hum? It’s because they can’t remember the words!
that old joke reminds me of a serious story I read about a man awaiting heart
bypass surgery. He was aware that people die during surgery. As he thought
about all that could go wrong, he felt very much alone.
orderly walked into his room to take him to surgery. As the young man began to
push his gurney along the corridor, the patient heard him humming an ancient
Irish hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” It prompted his memories of lush green fields
and the ancient stone ruins of Ireland, the land of his birth. The hymn flooded
his soul like a fresh breath of home. When the orderly finished with that song,
he hummed Horatio Spafford’s hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.”
stopped outside the surgical suite, the man thanked him for the hymns. “God has
used you this day,” he said, “to remove my fears and restore my soul.” “How
so?” the orderly asked in surprise. “Your ‘hums’ brought God to me,” the man
has done great things for us” (Ps. 126:3). He has filled our heart with song.
He may even use our “hums” to restore someone’s soul. — David H. Roper
my vision, O Lord of my heart—
all else to me, save that Thou art;
best thought, by day or by night—
sleeping, Thy presence my light. —Irish hymn
and Windus, Ltd., London.
flows freely from the choir of the redeemed.