Part 1 of why we sing hymns HERE.
God’s people have been singing hymns for a long time. It’s not a new thing.
The hymn to God has been around even longer than the oldest hymns we typically sing during a corporate worship service.
EXODUS 14:30 – 15:1:
Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses. Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
The exodus, the redemption of Israel, was one of the greatest, most powerful acts of God in the history of the world. What was the response of Israel, having just experienced this miracle? A song of worship. The most fitting response to their freedom from bondage was to sing a hymn to God, who triumphed gloriously.
Jesus Christ, being greater than Moses (Hebrews 3-4), leads us through a second exodus. The waters of death are separated for us that we might walk in the reality of the resurrection-life. For us who have experienced God’s redemption through Jesus, the most fitting response is a hymn of worship!