Devotion for Week of August 30, 2010 - Songs Upon the Battlefield


Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

Col. 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

The next story is related by a delegate of the Unites States Christian Commission;

“A brave and godly Captain in one of the Western regiments told his story of being wounded in both thighs with a rifle bullet.  He lay on the battlefield and suffered intense agony from thirst and pain.  By and by night fell, and the stars shone out clear and beautiful above the dark field and he began to think of that great God who had given his Son to die a death of agony for him, and that he was up there-up above the scene of suffering, and above the glorious stars.  He said that he felt that he was going home to meet His Saviour and to praise Him.  He felt that he should start praising Him, even wounded and on the battle-field.  He could not help singing.

As he began to sing, another wounded Christian brother, in the bushes behind him started to sing.  As he took up the strain, beyond him another and another and another caught it up.  All over the terrible battle-field of Shiloh, that night the echo was resounding, and those wounded and dying soldiers made the field of battle ring with the hymns of praise to God.”


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