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Music can be a great power for uplift the thoughts to high and noble Item 2. [Requested by A. L.
MYP 295 good; yet we do not make the most themes, to inspire and elevate the White for use in answering questions
Angels are hovering around of this branch of worship. The soul. on Ellen G. White's attitude toward
yonder dwelling. The young are singing is generally done from secular music.]
there assembled; there is the sound impulse or to meet special cases, and 3SM 333 For about an hour the fog did
of vocal and instrumental music. at other times those who sing are left Brother U has a good not lift and the sun did not penetrate
Christians are gathered there, but to blunder along, and the music loses knowledge of music, but his it. Then the musicians, who were to
what is that you hear? It is a song, a its proper effect upon the minds of education in music was of a leave the boat at this place,
frivolous ditty, fit for the dance hall. those present. Music should have character to suit the stage rather than entertained the impatient passengers
Behold, the pure angels gather their beauty, pathos, and power. Let the the solemn worship of God. Singing with music, well selected and well
light closer around them, and voices be lifted in songs of praise is just as much the worship of God rendered. It did not jar upon the
darkness envelops those in that and devotion. Call to your aid, if in a religious meeting as speaking, senses as the previous evening, but
dwelling. The angels are moving practicable, instrumental music, and and any oddity or peculiarity was soft and really grateful to the
from the scene. Sadness is upon their let the glorious harmony ascend to cultivated attracts the attention of the senses because it was musical.--
countenances. Behold, they are God, an acceptable offering. people and destroys the serious, Letter 6b, 1893. (Regarding the
weeping. This I saw repeated a solemn impression which should be landing in New Zealand in Feb.,
number of times all through the SD 179 (AH 407 after ||) the result of sacred music. Anything 1893.)
ranks of Sabbath keepers, and I feel alarmed as I witness strange and eccentric in singing
especially in _____. Music has everywhere the frivolity of young detracts from the seriousness and CT 145
occupied the hours which should men and young women who profess sacredness of religious service. The first lessons are of great
have been devoted to prayer. Music to believe the truth. . . . They have a importance. It is customary to send
is the idol which many professed keen ear for music, and Satan knows 2SM 36 very young children to school. They
Sabbath-keeping Christians worship. what organs to excite to animate, It is impossible to estimate too are required to study from books
Satan has no objection to music, if engross, and charm the mind, so that largely the work that the Lord will things that tax their young minds,
he can make that a channel through Christ is not desired. . . . Solemn accomplish through His proposed and often they are taught music.
which to gain access to the minds of responsibilities rest upon the young, vessels in carrying out His mind and Frequently the parents have but
the youth. Anything will suit his which they lightly regard. The purpose. The things you have limited means, and an expense is
purpose that will divert the mind introduction of music into their described as taking place in Indiana, incurred which they can ill afford,
from God, and engage the time homes, instead of inciting to holiness the Lord has shown me would take but everything must be made to bend
which should be devoted to His and spirituality, has been the means place just before the close of to this artificial line of education.
service. He works through the means of diverting their minds from the probation. Every uncouth thing will This course is not wise. A nervous
which will exert the strongest truth. Frivolous songs and the be demonstrated. There will be child should not be overtaxed in any
influence to hold the largest numbers popular sheet music of the day seem shouting, with drums, music, and direction and should not learn music
in a pleasing infatuation, while they congenial to their taste. The dancing. The senses of rational until he is physically well developed.
are paralyzed by his power. When instruments of music have taken beings will become so confused that
turned to good account, music is a time which should have been they cannot be trusted to make right Ev 505
blessing, but it is often made one of devoted to prayer. Music, when not decisions. And this is called the I have been shown the order,
Satan's most attractive agencies to abused, is a great blessing; but when moving of the Holy Spirit. the perfect order, of heaven, and
ensnare souls. When abused, it leads put to a wrong use, it is a terrible have been enraptured as I listened to
the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, curse. || It excites, but does not Ev 512 the perfect music there. After
and folly. When allowed to take the impart that strength and courage The superfluities which have coming out of vision, the singing
place of devotion and prayer, it is a which the Christian can find only at been brought into the worship in here has sounded very harsh and
terrible curse. Young persons the throne of grace while humbly _____ must be strenuously avoided. discordant. I have seen companies of
assemble to sing and, although making known his wants and, with . . . Music is acceptable to God only angels, who stood in a hollow
professed Christians, frequently strong cries and tears, pleading for when the heart is sanctified and square, every one having a harp of
dishonor God and their faith by their heavenly strength to be fortified made soft and holy by its facilities. gold. . . . There is one angel who
frivolous conversation and their against the powerful temptations of But many who delight in music always leads, who first touches the
choice of music. Sacred music is not the evil one. Satan is leading the know nothing of making melody in harp and strikes the note, then all
congenial to their taste. I was young captive. Oh, what can I say to their hearts to the Lord. Their heart join in the rich, perfect music of
directed to the plain teachings of lead them to break his power of is gone "after their idols." heaven. It cannot be described. It is
God's word, which had been passed infatuation! He is a skillful charmer melody, heavenly, divine, while from
by unnoticed. In the judgment all luring them on to perdition. SpTB05 42 every countenance beams the image
these words of inspiration will On one occasion, when the of Jesus, shining with glory
condemn those who have not heeded Ev 510 armies of Israel were to go up to unspeakable.
them.--"Testimonies for the Church," Great improvement can be battle, the Lord commanded that
Vol. 1, p. 506. made in singing. Some think that the they take with them singers and Ev 508
louder they sing the more music they instruments of music. They went In their efforts to reach the
1SM 334 make; but noise is not music. Good into the battle singing the high people, the Lord's messengers are
Music is of heavenly origin. singing is like the music of the praises of God. When their enemies not to follow the ways of the world.
There is great power in music. It was birds--subdued and melodious. heard this music, the Lord caused In the meetings that are held, they
music from the angelic throng that fear to fill their hearts, and they fled. are not to depend on worldly singers
thrilled the hearts of the shepherds II We need to have more music and and theatrical display to awaken an
on Bethlehem's plains and swept less groaning. May God help us to interest. How can those who have no
round the world. It is in music that MYP 291 put faith into our work, remembering interest in the Word of God, who
our praises rise to Him who is the The history of the songs of the that if trial comes, it will be because have never read His Word with a
embodiment of purity and harmony. Bible is full of suggestion as to the we need it. sincere desire to understand its
It is with music and songs of victory uses and benefits of music and song. truths, be expected to sing with the
that the redeemed shall finally enter Music is often perverted to serve III spirit and the understanding? How
upon the immortal reward. purposes of evil, and it thus becomes can their hearts be in harmony with
one of the most alluring agencies of the words of sacred song? How can
temptation. But, rightly employed, it
the heavenly choir join in music that devotion. If one must be neglected, teacher of music who has no
is only a form? 1T 676 let it be the singing. It is one of the reverence for sacred things, nor
Yet no one took the interest in great temptations of the present age should they allow them to learn and
VSS 448 her case that we did. I even spoke to to carry the practice of music to practice dance songs and frivolous
Music was made to serve a the large congregation before we extremes, to make a great deal more music.
holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to went East last fall, of their neglect of of music than of prayer. Many souls
that which is pure, noble, and Sister More. I spoke of the duty of have been ruined here. When the 21MR 421
elevating, and to awaken in the soul giving honor to whom it is due; it Spirit of God is arousing the This day I thank the Lord He
devotion and gratitude to God. What appeared to me that wisdom had so conscience and convicting of sin, has given me strength to bear my
a contrast between the ancient far departed from the prudent that Satan suggests a singing exercise or message under the large tent one
custom and the uses to which music they were not capable of a singing school, which, being mile from the sanitarium. The seats
is now too often devoted! How appreciating moral worth. I told that conducted in a light and trifling were all occupied. There was singing
many employ this gift to exalt self, church that there were many among manner, results in banishing accompanied with music, and the
instead of using it to glorify God! A them who could find time to meet, seriousness, and quenching all desire music was distinct in sound and
love for music leads the unwary to and sing, and play their instruments for the Spirit of God. Thus the door made a good impression upon the
unite with world-lovers in pleasure- of music; they could give their of the heart, which was about to be people. Then I spoke one hour and
gatherings where God has forbidden money to the artist to multiply their opened to Jesus, is closed and the Lord strengthened me, for which
His children to go. Thus that which likenesses, or could spend it to barricaded with pride and I praise His holy name. I presented
is a great blessing when rightly used, attend public amusements; but they stubbornness, in many cases never the first chapter of First Peter, and
becomes one of the most successful had nothing to give to a worn-out again to be opened. the people listened with much
agencies by which Satan allures the missionary who had heartily interest.
mind from duty and from the embraced the present truth and had VSS 447
contemplation of eternal things.--PP come to live with those of like The chief subjects of study in VI
594. precious faith. I advised them to stop these schools [of the prophets] were
and consider what we were doing, the law of God, with the instruction AH 514
IV and proposed that they shut up their given to Moses, sacred history, A view of one such company
instruments of music for three sacred music, and poetry. . . . was presented to me, where were
AH 407 months and take time to humble Sanctified intellect brought forth assembled those who profess to
I feel alarmed as I witness themselves before God in self- from the treasure house of God believe the truth. One was seated at
everywhere the frivolity of young examination, repentance, and prayer things new and old, and the Spirit of the instrument of music, and such
men and young women who profess until they learned the claims which God was manifested in prophecy and songs were poured forth as made the
to believe the truth. God does not the Lord had upon them as His sacred song.--Ed 47. watching angels weep. There was
seem to be in their thoughts. Their professed children. My soul was mirth, there was coarse laughter,
minds are filled with nonsense. Their stirred with a sense of the wrong that Historical Sketches of the Foreign there was abundance of enthusiasm
conversation is only empty, vain had been done Jesus, in the person of Missions of the Seventh-day and a kind of inspiration; but the joy
talk. They have a keen ear for music, Sister More, and I talked personally Adventists, 190 was such as Satan only is able to
and Satan knows what organs to with several about it. Mr. Johanneson was training create. This is an enthusiasm and
excite to animate, engross, and his children in singing, and we infatuation of which all who love
charm the mind so that Christ is not 2T 297 enjoyed the music of their little God will be ashamed. It prepares the
desired. The spiritual longings of the Music has been a snare to you. voices blending together in sacred participants for unholy thought and
soul for divine knowledge, for a You are troubled with self-esteem; it songs. If parents generally would action. I have reason to think that
growth in grace, are wanting. is natural for you to have exalted give more time to the education and some who were engaged in that
ideas of your own ability. Teaching training of their children, having scene heartily repented of the
LDE 86; EV 496 music has been an injury to you. really a home school for them, their shameful performance.
As the children of Israel Many women have confided their families would be far happier.
journeying through the wilderness family difficulties to you. This has Children who are gifted with the AH 515
cheered their way by the music of also been an injury to you. It has talent or love of music may receive Many of the amusements
sacred song, so God bids His exalted you and led you to still impressions that will be lifelong by a popular in the world today, even
children today gladden their pilgrim greater self-esteem. judicious use of these susceptibilities with those who claim to be
life. There are few means more as the medium for religious Christians, tend to the same end as
effective for fixing His words in the VSS 416 instruction. Less time should be did those of the heathen. There are
memory than repeating them in Music forms a part of God's spent in the ornamentation of indeed few among them that Satan
song. And such song has wonderful worship in the courts above. We clothing, and far more attention does not turn to account in
power. It has power to subdue rude should endeavor in our songs of should be given to making the destroying souls. Through the drama
and uncultivated natures, power to praise to approach as nearly as character lovely. It is the inward he has worked for ages to excite
quicken thought and to awaken possible to the harmony of the adorning that will endure; the passion and glorify vice. The opera,
sympathy, to promote harmony of heavenly choirs. I have often been influences which give direction to with its fascinating display and
action, and to banish the gloom and pained to hear untrained voices, these young lives will be far- bewildering music, the masquerade,
foreboding that destroy courage and pitched to the highest key, literally reaching as eternity. the dance, the card table, Satan
weaken effort. || shrieking the sacred words of some employs to break down the barriers
It is one of the most effective hymn of praise. How inappropriate ST 6-12-82 of principle and open the door to
means of impressing the heart with those sharp, rasping voices for the The proper training of the voice sensual indulgence. In every
spiritual truth. How often to the soul solemn, joyous worship of God. I should be regarded as an important gathering for pleasure where pride is
hard-pressed and ready to despair, long to stop my ears, or flee from the part of education. The singer should fostered or appetite indulged, where
memory recalls some word of place, and I rejoice when the painful train himself to utter every word one is led to forget God and lose
God's--the long forgotten burden of exercise is ended.--Ev 507, 508. distinctly. It should be remembered sight of eternal interests, there Satan
a childhood song--and temptations that singing as a part of religious is binding his chains about the soul.
lose their power, life takes on new V service is as much an act of worship
meaning and new purpose, and as is the prayer. The heart must feel COL 364
courage and gladness are imparted to VSS 426 the spirit of the words, to give them Let none suppose that they can
other souls!--Education, pp. 167, Singing should not be allowed right expression. Parents should not live a life of selfishness, and then,
168. (1903) to divert the mind from the hours of employ to instruct their children, a having served their own interests,
enter into the joy of their Lord. In elevating, and to awaken in the soul "I was glad when they said There are no such exhibitions among
the joy of unselfish love they could devotion and gratitude to God. unto me, the angels as I have sometimes seen
not participate. They would not be Let us go unto the house of the in our meetings. Such harsh notes
fitted for the heavenly courts. They GC11 566 Lord. and gesticulations are not exhibited
could not appreciate the pure Many Protestants suppose that Our feet are standing among the angel choir. Their singing
atmosphere of love that pervades the Catholic religion is unattractive Within thy gates, O Jerusalem. . does not grate upon the ear. It is soft
heaven. The voices of the angels and and that its worship is a dull, .. and melodious and comes without
the music of their harps would not meaningless round of ceremony. Whither the tribes go up, even this great effort I have witnessed. It
satisfy them. To their minds the Here they mistake. While Romanism the tribes of the Lord, . . . is not forced and strained, requiring
science of heaven would be as an is based upon deception, it is not a To give thanks unto the name physical exercise.
enigma. coarse and clumsy imposture. The of Jehovah. . . .
religious service of the Roman Pray for the peace of 3SM 335
CC 159 Church is a most impressive Jerusalem: Your voice has been heard in
David's skillful playing upon ceremonial. Its gorgeous display and They shall prosper that love church so loud, so harsh,
the harp soothed the troubled spirit solemn rites fascinate the senses of thee." Psalm 122:1-6, R.V. accompanied or set off with your
of Saul. As he listened to the the people and silence the voice of gesticulations not the most graceful,
enchanting strains of music, it had reason and of conscience. The eye is PP 707 that the softer and more silvery
an influence to dispel the gloom charmed. Magnificent churches, Again the long train was in strains, more like angel music, could
which settled upon him, and to bring imposing processions, golden altars, motion, and the music of harp and not be heard. You have sung more to
his excited mind into a more jeweled shrines, choice paintings, cornet, trumpet and cymbal, floated men than to God. As your voice has
rational, happy state. and exquisite sculpture appeal to the heavenward, blended with the been elevated in loud strains above
love of beauty. The ear also is melody of many voices. "And David all the congregation, you have been
DA 281 captivated. The music is danced before the Lord," in his thoughtful of the admiration you
The Sabbath calls our thoughts unsurpassed. The rich notes of the gladness keeping time to the were exciting. You have really had
to nature, and brings us into deep-toned organ, blending with the measure of the song. such high ideas of your singing, that
communion with the Creator. In the melody of many voices as it swells you have had some thoughts that you
song of the bird, the sighing of the through the lofty domes and pillared 2SM 37 should be remunerated for the
trees, and the music of the sea, we aisles of her grand cathedrals, cannot The Holy Spirit has nothing to exercise of this gift.
still may hear His voice who talked fail to impress the mind with awe do with such a confusion of noise
with Adam in Eden in the cool of the and reverence. and multitude of sounds as passed 1SP 412
day. And as we behold His power in before me last January. Satan works The dignity and pride of king
nature we find comfort, for the word LDE 159 amid the din and confusion of such Saul's daughter were shocked that
that created all things is that which A bedlam of noise shocks the music, which, properly conducted, king David should lay aside his
speaks life to the soul. He "who senses and perverts that which if would be a praise and glory to God. garments of royalty, and his royal
commanded the light to shine out of conducted aright might be a He makes its effect like the poison scepter, and be clothed with the
darkness, hath shined in our hearts, blessing. The powers of satanic sting of the serpent. simple linen garments worn by the
to give the light of the knowledge of agencies blend with the din and priests. She thought that he was
the glory of God in the face of Jesus noise to have a carnival, and this is 2SM 38 greatly dishonoring himself before
Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6. termed the Holy Spirit's working. . . . Those things which have been the people of Israel. But God
Those things which have been in the in the past will be in the future. honored David in the sight of all
VII past will be in the future. Satan will Satan will make music a snare by the Israel by letting his Spirit abide upon
make music a snare by the way in way in which it is conducted. God him. David humbled himself, but
Ev 508 which it is conducted.--2SM 36, 38 calls upon His people, who have the God exalted him. He sung in an
Those who make singing a part (1900). light before them in the Word and in inspired manner, playing upon the
of divine worship should select the Testimonies, to read and harp, producing the most enchanting
hymns with music appropriate to the VIII consider, and to take heed. Clear and music. He felt, in a small degree,
occasion, not funeral notes, but definite instruction has been given in that holy joy that all the saints will
cheerful, yet solemn melodies. The ML 33 order that all may understand. But experience at the voice of God when
voice can and should be modulated, The soul may ascend nearer the itching desire to originate their captivity is turned, and God
softened, and subdued. heaven on the wings of praise. God something new results in strange makes a covenant of peace with all
is worshiped with song and music in doctrines, and largely destroys the who have kept his commandments.
The Faith I Live By, 273 the courts above, and as we express influence of those who would be a
With the voice of singing He our gratitude, we are approximating power for good if they held firm the Te 50
welcomed the morning light. He to the worship of the heavenly hosts. beginning of their confidence in the The false enchantment of the
listened to the lark caroling forth "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth" truth the Lord had given them. dizzy scene seemed to take away
music to its God, and joined His God. Let us with reverent joy come reason and dignity from Herod and
voice with the voice of praise and before our Creator, with IX his guests, who were flushed with
thanksgiving. "thanksgiving, and the voice of wine. The music and wine and
melody." 3SM 333 dancing had removed the fear and
FE 97 The very same may be said of reverence of God from them.
The art of sacred melody was PP 538 singing. You assume undignified Nothing seemed sacred to Herod's
diligently cultivated. No frivolous Nature's gladness awakened joy attitudes. You put in all the power perverted senses. He was desirous to
waltz was heard, nor flippant song in the hearts of Israel and gratitude and volume of the voice you can. make some display which would
that should extol man and divert the to the Giver of all good. The grand You drown the finer strains and exalt him still higher before the great
attention from God; but sacred, Hebrew psalms were chanted, notes of voices more musical than men of his kingdom. And he rashly
solemn psalms of praise to the exalting the glory and majesty of your own. This bodily exercise and promised, and confirmed his
Creator, exalting His name and Jehovah. At the sound of the signal the harsh, loud voice makes no promise with an oath, to give the
recounting His wondrous works. trumpet, with the music of cymbals, melody to those who hear on earth daughter of Herodias whatever she
Thus music was made to serve a the chorus of thanksgiving arose, and those who listen in heaven. This might ask.
holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to swelled by hundreds of voices: singing is defective and not
that which was pure and noble and acceptable to God as perfect,
softened, sweet strains of music.
VSS 422 given the work of carrying the light has gone his way, the darkness is catch the spirit of devotion, and pour
I was taken into some of your to this sin-darkened field. There are almost as great as before. forth the most impassioned
singing exercises, and was made to those who have turned away from expressions of lofty eloquence, in
read the feelings that existed in the the work of rescuing the XI ecstasies of praise and prayer. While
company, you being the prominent downtrodden and degraded, refusing under this excitement, he would give
one. There were petty jealousies, to help the helpless. Let the servants YI 8-21-02 himself no rest day nor night until
envy, evil surmisings, and evil of Christ begin at once to redeem As I was pleading with a young the reaction came. Then his strength
speaking. . . . The heart service is their neglect, that the dark stain on man to turn to the Saviour, he said: failed, and he was exhausted. When
what God requires; the forms and lip their record may be wiped out. "I am not ready. This band of music the paroxysm of wild excitement and
service are as sounding brass and a would be broken up should I leave it. inordinate zeal had spent itself, he
tinkling cymbal. Your singing is for General Conference Daily, 1-28-93 I am needed in this circle of society. would reveal his old disposition.
display, not to praise God with the The matter of purchasing a pipe And besides, I want my liberty." But When his will was crossed, he was
spirit and understanding. The state of organ for the tabernacle at Battle he did not know of what he was in a fury, and his words and deeds
the heart reveals the quality of the Creek was placed before me by talking. There is no liberty save that were of a character entirely
religion of the professor of Brother Barnes and others; I told which has been brought to us by dishonoring to himself, and more
godliness.--Ev 507. them that as God had presented Christ. We can find in sin nothing dishonoring to God. Good and evil
before me the necessities of the but slavery. What was Adam after he were ever in collision, evil ever
X missionary work, the great need of had disobeyed?--A captive to sin, his striving for the supremacy.
sending men and means to carry the dark future illuminated only by the
VSS 451 truth into new fields, I could not for promise of the Saviour to come. XII
The service of song was made a a moment give the least
regular part of religious worship, and encouragement to this piece of 1MR 392 Ellen G. White in Europe, 1885-
David composed psalms, not only extravagance. Those who have felt All our powers are for use. 1887, p. 103
for the use of the priests in the so great a desire for this extra They are not to be wasted, but The Scandinavian children
sanctuary service, but also to be indulgence in our church at Battle trained for the glory of God. We are seem remarkably quiet and well
sung by the people in their journeys Creek have a lethargy upon them to do Him service. In every season trained. Wherever we went, they
to the national altar at the annual that paralyzes their senses and blinds of worship we are to cultivate the came forward, one by one, and
feasts. The influence thus exerted them to the real poverty in our voice, overcoming all harshness and shook hands with us, the girls
was far-reaching, and it resulted in missionary fields. My heart is sick strange accent. We advise every making a courtesy, and the boys a
freeing the nation from idolatry. and sad and sore. Pride and selfish student in our school who has an ear low bow. Sister Johanneson's four
Many of the surrounding peoples, gratification on the part of churches for music to make the most of his children, from the girl of eight down
beholding the prosperity of Israel, and individuals is keeping the word opportunity for learning how to to the three-year-old boy, welcomed
were led to think favorably of of God from thousands who might improve the voice. The Lord expects us in this manner when we came;
Israel's God, who had done such sing the songs of Zion; many harps everyone to do his best. and whenever they met us, morning,
great things for His people.--PP 711. that have been hung upon the noon, or evening, the greeting was
willows might be taken down and 5MR 383 repeated. At another place where we
Special Testimonies on Education, made to give forth sweet music, if I am afraid as a people we visited, even the little girl of two and
211 every one would have a true should not carry out our principles as a half years went through the
The low, common, pleasure missionary spirit to work in love, as well. After we had eaten, Mr. Clark, ceremony with credit.
parties, gatherings for eating and Christ worked, to save the lost. a great musician, sang and played Mr. Johanneson was training
drinking, singing and playing on upon an instrument of music, cabinet his children in singing, and we
instruments of music, are inspired by General Conference Daily, 3-2-99 organ. His song was very amusing, enjoyed the music of their little
a spirit that is from beneath. They In our efforts to reach the but enough of this. voices blending together in sacred
are an oblation unto Satan. The people, there is danger of adopting songs.
exhibitions in the bicycle craze are methods that will not produce the 10MR 71
an offense to God. His wrath is best results. Plans may be followed Women are not to be satisfied Ellen G. White vol. 2, The
kindled against those that do such which seem to excite much interest to be toys to be played with as a toy, Progessive Years 1862-1876, p. 60
things. For in these gratifications the for the time; but the effect proves and caressed and flattered, to be When soldiers were in training
mind becomes besotted, even as in that the work is not abiding. The use light and trifling, to laugh and gossip on the old fairground, . . . Henry
liquor-drinking. The door is opened of the gospel wagon may accomplish and play on an instrument of music. went to watch them and, boylike,
to vulgar associations. The thoughts, some good; but in most cases the was marching along with them,
allowed to run in a low channel, after-results will be disappointing. MR926, 28 whistling in harmony with the fife.
soon pervert all the powers of the People will be attracted by the The character of Saul is a The captain gave the signal to the
being. Like Israel of old, the music, and will listen to the marked one. There was strength and fifers to be silent, and the company
pleasure-lovers eat and drink, and addresses and appeals that are made. weakness combined. Gifts of talent of soldiers made their one-mile
rise up to play. There is mirth and But the workers pass rapidly from were bestowed upon him, and had he march keeping step to music of the
carousing, hilarity and glee. In all place to place, and there is not time consecrated these gifts wholly to drum and Henry's whistle.
this the youth follow the example of for persons to become established in God, he would not have dishonored
the authors of books that are placed the faith. The impressions made are himself by his own transgression. Ellen G. White vol. 3, The Lonely
in their hands for study. The greatest soon effaced. Little seed has been Contradictory elements were bound Years 1876-1891, p. 384
evil of it all is the permanent effect sown that springs up and bears fruit. up in his character, and he worked at One summer evening, while
these things have upon the character. When the season is ended, there will cross purposes with God. At times Ellen White was making a short visit
be few sheaves to be gathered. he revealed marked simplicity, and to the Health Retreat, she spoke at
7T 222 Experience will show that the results then was guilty of manifesting a the prayer meeting. She selected a
Angels have hushed the music are not proportionate to the jealous and overbearing spirit. He certain hymn that fitted her subject.
of their harps as they have looked expenditure. The work is too much would be very tender and full of The hymn was announced. The
upon a people unable, because of like that of carrying a torch through sympathy toward some who pleased congregation stood and in the warm
their past slavery, to help a district in the night. The places him, as the notion came upon him, evening began to sing listlessly. The
themselves. And yet those in whose where the torch-bearer goes are and then would be unjust and cruel music dragged monotonously. Then
hands God has placed the torch of light; but not many tapers are toward his best friends. When Ellen White held up her hand.
truth, kindled from the divine altar, kindled from his torch, and when he brought under the influence of "Stop!" she ordered. "Stop!"
have not realized that to them is sacred and vocal music, he would
I have heard the angels Evangelism [Selected paragraphes and as His companions complained of life and thirsting for the waters of
sing. They do not sing as you from “Song Evangelism.” Page of weariness from labor, they were salvation. They are interested in the
are singing tonight. They sing numbers are in brackets.] cheered by the sweet melody from service of song, but they are not
with reverence, with meaning. [496] The melody of song, His lips. His praise seemed to banish longing for that or even prayer. They
Their hearts are in their poured forth from many hearts in the evil angels, and, like incense, fill want to know the Scriptures. What
expressions of song. Now, let clear, distinct utterance, is one of the place with fragrance. The minds saith the Word of God to me? The
us try again and see if we can God's instrumentalities in the work of His hearers were carried away Holy Spirit is working on mind and
put our hearts into the singing of saving souls. . . . from their earthly exile, to the heart, drawing them to the bread of
of this song. These words [song of Moses] heavenly home. life. They see everything round them
were repeated unto all Israel, and Let praise and thanksgiving be changing. Human feelings, human
Ellen G. White: The Early formed a song which was often expressed in song. When tempted, ideas of what constitutes religion,
Elmshaven Years, vol. 5, 1900- sung, poured forth in exalted strains instead of giving utterance to our change. They come to hear the Word
1905, p. 102 of melody. This was the wisdom of feelings, let us by faith lift up a song just as it reads.
Haskell went on to describe the Moses to present the truth to them in of thanksgiving to God. [502] The science of salvation
confusion and perplexity that were song, that in strains of melody they Song is a weapon that we can is to be the burden of every sermon,
resulting from this preaching. One of should become familiar with them, always use against discouragement. the theme of every song. Let it be
the features of their teachings, along and be impressed upon the minds of As we thus open the heart to the poured forth in every supplication. . .
with holy flesh and translation faith, the whole nation, young and old. It sunlight of the Saviour's presence, .
was that of "moral purity," for which was important for the children to we shall have health and His True ministers know the value
they seemed to carry a great burden. learn the song; for this would speak blessing. of the inward working of the Holy
It was all "a mixture of truth and to them, to warn, to restrain, to Evening and morning join with Spirit upon human hearts. They are
error, with much excitement and reprove, and encourage. It was a your children in God's worship, content with simplicity in religious
music." continual sermon. reading His Word and singing His services. Instead of making much of
[497] One night I seemed to be praise. Teach them to repeat God's popular singing, they give their
Ellen G. White: vol. 6, The Later in a council meeting where these law. Concerning the commandments, principal attention to the study of the
Elmshaven Years, 1905-1915, p. matters were being talked over. And the Israelites were instructed: "Thou Word, and render praise to God from
195 a very grave, dignified man said, shalt teach them diligently unto thy the heart. Above the outward
Her second Sabbath sermon, "A "You are praying for the Lord to children, and shalt talk of them when adorning they regard the inward
Risen Saviour," was unique in that raise up men and women of talent to thou sittest in thine house, and when adorning, the ornament of a meek
she opened her Bible and read not give themselves to the work. You thou walkest by the way, and when and quiet spirit. In their mouths is
just a verse or two as an introduction have talent in your midst which thou liest down, and when thou found no guile.
to her message but three long needs to be recognized." Several risest up." Accordingly, Moses [500] Students, go out into the
chapters from the book of Matthew wise propositions were made and directed the Israelites to set the highways and the hedges. Endeavor
and fifty verses of a fourth, then words were spoken in substance words of the law to music. While the to reach the higher as well as the
interspersing her reading with an as I write them. He said, "I call your older children played on lower classes. Enter the homes of the
occasional comment. It is said that attention to the singing talent which instruments, the younger ones rich and the poor, and as you have
she read "in a most solemn and should be cultivated; for the human marched, singing in concert the song opportunity, ask, "Would you be
impressive manner." At one point voice in singing is one of God's of God's commandments. In later pleased to have us sing? We should
(not soon forgotten by her hearers) entrusted talents to be employed to years they retained in their minds the be glad to hold a song service with
in her reading of how Pilate's wife His glory. The enemy of words of the law which they learned you." Then as hearts are softened,
sent word of her warning dream, as righteousness makes a great account during childhood. the way may open for you to offer a
recorded in Matthew 27:19, she of this talent in his service. And that If it was essential for Moses to few words of prayer for the blessing
stepped aside, and a male quartet which is the gift of God, to be a embody the commandments in of God. Not many will refuse.
from England came to the pulpit and blessing to souls, is perverted, sacred song, so that as they marched Learn to sing the simplest of
sang "Dream of Pilate's Wife." She misapplied, and serves the purpose in the wilderness, the children could songs. These will help you in house-
had earlier called Elder J. S. of Satan. This talent of voice is a learn to sing the law verse by verse, to-house labor, and hearts will be
Washburn, the leader of the group, to blessing if consecrated to the Lord to how essential it is at this time to touched by the influence of the Holy
sing this selection at the appropriate serve His cause. _____ has talent, teach our children God's Word! Let Spirit. . . . We learn from the Word
time in her sermon. In that visit she but it is not appreciated. Her position us come up to the help of the Lord, that there is joy among the angels
told him that it had been included in should be considered and her talent instructing our children to keep the over one repentant sinner, and that
Hymns and Tunes at her request (see will attract the people, and they will commandments to the letter. Let us the Lord Himself rejoices over His
No. 1394) (MS 29, 1909). hear the message of truth. do everything in our power to make [503] church with singing.
This demonstrated Ellen [498] When Christ was a child music in our homes, that God may In my dreams last night I was
White's skillful and effective use of like these children here, He was come in. . . . speaking to a company of young
music to enhance her presentations. tempted to sin, but He did not yield [500] Song is one of the most men. I asked them to sing "Almost
In fact, she very often chose the to temptation. As He grew older He effective means of impressing Persuaded." Some present were
hymns that were to be used in was tempted, but the songs His spiritual truth upon the heart. Often deeply moved. I knew that they were
connection with her sermons. mother had taught Him to sing came by the words of sacred song, the almost persuaded, but that if they did
into His mind, and He would lift His springs of penitence and faith have not make decided efforts to return to
XIII voice in praise. And before His been unsealed. Christ, the conviction of their
companions were aware of it, they Let the talent of singing be sinfulness would leave them. You
Ev 503 would be singing with Him. God brought into the work. The use of made some confessions, and I asked
On Sabbath we had a song wants us to use every facility which musical instruments [501] is not at you, "Will you not from this time
service. Brother Lawrence, who is a Heaven has provided for resisting all objectionable. There were used in stand on the Lord's side?" If you will
musician, led the singing. All the the enemy. religious services in ancient times. receive Jesus, He will receive you. . .
passengers in the car seemed to [499] Often He expressed the The worshipers praised God upon .
enjoy the service greatly, many of gladness of His heart by singing the harp and cymbal, and music I am glad to hear the musical
them joining in the singing. On psalms and heavenly songs. Often should have its place in our services. instruments that you have here. God
Monday we had more singing, and the dwellers in Nazareth heard His It will add to the interest. wants us to have them. He wants us
we all seemed to be drawing close voice raised in praise and The hearts of many in the to praise Him with heart and soul
together.—Letter 135, 1905. thanksgiving to God. He held world as well as many church and voice, [504] magnifying His
communion with heaven in song; members are hungering for the bread name before the world.
There should be much more with the spirit and with the [510] Display is not religion
interest in voice culture than is now understanding also. nor sanctification. There is nothing
generally manifested. Students who Singing is a part of the worship more offensive in God's sight than a
have learned to sing sweet gospel of God, but in the bungling manner display of instrumental music when
songs with melody and distinctness in which it is often conducted, it is those taking part are not consecrated,
can do much good as singing no credit to the truth, and no honor are not making melody in their
evangelists. They will find many to God. There should be system and hearts to the Lord. The offering most
opportunities to use the talent that order in this as well as every other sweet and acceptable in God's sight
God has given them, carrying part of the Lord's work. Organize a is a heart made humble by self-
melody and sunshine into many company of the best singers, whose denial, by lifting the cross and
lonely places darkened by sin and voices can lead the congregation, following Jesus. . . .
sorrow and affliction, singing to and then let all who will, unite with In some of our churches I have
those who seldom have church them. Those who sing should make heard solos that were altogether
privileges. an effort to sing in harmony; they unsuitable for the service of the
There is great pathos and music should devote some time to practice, Lord's house. The long-drawn-out
in the human voice, and if the that they may employ this talent to notes and the peculiar sounds
learner will make determined efforts, the glory of God. common in operatic singing are not
he will acquire habits of talking and The human voice that sings the pleasing to the angels. They delight
singing that will be to him a power music of God from a heart filled to hear the simple songs of praise
to win souls to Christ. with gratitude and thanksgiving is sung in a natural tone. The songs in
There are those who have a far more pleasing to Him than the which every word is uttered clearly,
special gift of song, and there are melody of all the musical in a musical tone, are the songs that
times when a special message is instruments ever invented by human they join us in singing. They take up
borne by one singing alone or by hands. . . . the refrain that is sung from the heart
several uniting in song. But the [508] I saw that all should sing with the spirit and the understanding.
singing is seldom to be done by a with the spirit and with the [511] In some instances much
few. The ability to sing is a talent of understanding also. God is not time was devoted to singing. There
influence, which God desires all to pleased with jargon and discord. was a long hymn before prayer, a
cultivate and use to His name's Right is always more pleasing to long hymn after prayer, and much
glory. Him than wrong. And the nearer the singing interspersed all through the
No words can properly set forth people of God can approach to meeting. Thus golden moments were
the deep blessedness of genuine correct, harmonious singing, the used unwisely, and not one-half the
worship. When human beings sing more is He glorified, the church good was done that might have been
with the Spirit and the benefited, and unbelievers favorably realized had these precious seasons
understanding, heavenly musicians affected. been properly managed.
take up the strain, and join in the Many are singing beautiful
song of thanksgiving. He who has songs in the meetings, songs of what
bestowed upon us all the gifts that they will do, and what they mean to Study compiled by Eugene
enable us to be workers together do; but some do not do these things; Prewitt
with God, expects His servants to they do not sing with the spirit and
cultivate their voices, so that they the understanding also. So in the
can speak and sing in a way that all reading of the Word of God, some
can understand. It is not loud singing are not benefited, because they do
that is needed, but clear intonation, not take it into their very life, they
correct pronunciation, and distinct do not practice it.
utterance. Let all take time to [509] How can God be
cultivate the voice, so that God's glorified when you depend for your
praise can be sung in clear, soft singing on a worldly choir that sings
tones, not with harshness and for money? My brother, when you
shrillness that offend the ear. The see these things in a right light, you
ability to sing is the gift of God; let will have in your meetings only
it be used to His glory. . . . sweet, simple singing, and you will
But it is sometimes more ask the whole congregation to join in
difficult to discipline the singers and the song. What if among those
keep them in working order, than to present there are some whose voices
improve the habits of praying and are not so musical as the voices of
exhorting. Many want to do things others. When the singing is such that
after their own style; they object to angels can unite with the singers, an
consultation, and are impatient under impression is made on minds that
leadership. Well-matured plans are singing from unsanctified lips cannot
needed in the service of God. make. . . .
Common sense is an excellent thing In the meetings held the
in the worship of the Lord. . . . singing should not be neglected. God
[506] A minister should not can be glorified by this part of the
give out hymns to be sung until it service. And when singers offer their
has first been ascertained that they services, they should be accepted.
are familiar to those who sing. A But money should not be used to
proper person should be appointed to hire singers. Often the singing of
take charge of this exercise, and it simple hymns by the congregation
should be his duty to see that such has a charm that is not possessed by
hymns are selected as can be sung the singing of a choir, however
skilled it may be.

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