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Hymn: When All of God’s Singers Get Home

by PastorMinton on March 18th, 2016

When All of God’s Singers Get Home

Author: Luther G. Presley (1937); Virgil O. Stamps (chorus)
Typical Tune: Virgil O. Stamps

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HYMN BACKGROUND

Presley is most well-known for writing the hymn “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Most of his hymns are only published in a handful of hymnals because of their recent writings. “When All of God’s Singers Get Home” is only in two hymnals. Both of these hymnals were published in the late 1940s to late 1950s.

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LYRICS

1 What a song of delight in that city so bright
will be wafted ‘neath heaven’s fair dome,
how the ransomed will raise happy songs in His praise,
when all of God’s singers get home.

Chorus
When all of God’s singers get home,
Where never a sorrow will come;
There’ll be “no place like home,”
When all of God’s singers get home.

2 As we sing here on earth songs of sadness or mirth,
’tis a foretaste of rapture to come;
but our joy can’t compare with the glory up there,
when all of God’s singers get home
Chorus

3 Having overcome sin, “Hallelujah, Amen”
will be heard in that land o’er the foam,
ev’ry heart will be light and each face will be bright,
when all of God’s singers get home.
Chorus

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COMMENTARY

Beginning with Psalm 100:2, “Come before His presence with thanksgiving,” Presley crafts a simple hymn that reminds us of the joys of Heaven. As stated above, this hymn has only been published in two hymnals. I grew up with one of these hymnals, Sacred Selections for the Church. While this hymnal has many hymns that don’t say much, the hymns that have substance are about Heaven.

This isn’t a deep hymn. It is a hymn that reminds us of our place in the worship service. We, as the communion of saints, are to be singing God’s praises. Many churches, in an effort to fill their seats, reserve this duty for the praise band. They want to make every worship service into a rock concert or a Gaither Homecoming video (as in the above video).

But it is the Christian’s duty to sing in worship. This is one of the reasons why I love the liturgy. It brings us into a worshipful mindset as we take God’s Word, especially the Psalms, and sing them back to our great Creator and Redeemer God.

We sing in worship because we’re going to be singing as we worship eternally in Heaven. In almost every vision of Heaven, singing is one of the greatest parts of that vision. When Isaiah was called, one seraphim called out (sang) to another, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory” (6:3). In John’s Revelation, the whole heavenly host sings parts of what have become the Sanctus, Te Deum, “This Is the Feast” and other liturgical canticles.

In Heaven, we will sing. We will sing with all the redeemed. And we await the Last Day, so that all of God’s singers get home.

From → Hymnody

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