When during the Passover Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, broke the bread, and shared with them the cup of grape juice as the new testaments of the Gospel, the time spent was actually a form of devotional worship of God. Now it was time to leave the upper room for Gethsemane. “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives.” KJV, Matthew 26:30.
At the close of our devotional time, when it is time to leave our sacred place of worship to take up the duties before us, we also should sing a hymn. I really can’t think of a better way to go into the workplace, classroom, hospital bedside, or wherever our duties call us than with a song of grace and praise on our lips.
“Song is one of the most effective means of impressing spiritual truth upon the heart. Often by the words of sacred songs the springs of penitence and faith have been unsealed…. Church members, young and old, should be educated to go forth to proclaim this last message to the world. If they go in humility, angels of God will go with them, teaching them how to lift up the voice in prayer, how to raise the voice in song, and how to proclaim the gospel message for this time.” (Ellen White, My Life Today, 238.)
Choose your hymns wisely. Meditate and memorize the words so that you can sing these hymns throughout the day. As you bring the hymns into your life choices and practice, you will be more successful in completing your tasks with cheerfulness and patience when confronted with obstacles and challenges. Your relationships with co-workers will improve. God will bless you as He did Joseph, Daniel, and a host of others who found themselves in less than ideal circumstances.
You will be prepared for the worship service on Sabbath with the congregation. And more importantly, you will be prepared to worship God in Heaven, in this life and the life to come.