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Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Genesis 5:26; Genesis 31:27; Job 21:12; Exodus 15:1ff; Exodus 15:20-21; Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 21:17; Judges 5:1ff; Deuteronomy 10:8; 1 Samuel 10:5; 1 Samuel 19:19-20; 1 Chronicles 14:1ff; 2 Samuel 6:1; 1 Chronicles 16:16ff; Genesis 4:21; 1 Samuel 16:23; 2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chronicles 16:5; 1 Chronicles 25:3; 2 Chronicles 20:28; 1 Chronicles 15:15; 1 Chronicles 25:1ff; 2 Chronicles 5:12-13; Psalm 71:22; Psalm 98:5; 1 Chronicles 15:16; 1 Chronicles 16:5; Psalm 49:5; Psalm 17:11; Psalm 12:1; Psalm 33:2; Daniel 3:5; Psalm 147:7; Psalm 149:3; Psalm 137:2;


The song of the congregation is a devotional form of musical art. The singing, to be sure, is not that of mechanical perfection; there is not to be found the delicate nuances of the artist; but when the entire congregation lifts its heart and voice in the praise and adoration of almighty God, the loving Father, there is a spiritual quality in the music that makes the hymns a magnificent setting for the preaching of God's word. The hymns build up to the climax of the sermon; they frame the sermon in beauty. The singing of hymns is an important part in the worship itself. It is beautiful when the choral lifts the heart of the congregation and bears it toward heaven as on wings of an eagle. The congregation is then a wondrous organ in which each voice is a pipe, and the Holy Spirit breathes thru the whole instrument with His life-creating breath.

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