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“Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves”
Old Hymns From the Past
I grew up attending a small Southern Baptist church in a medium-sized southern town. Church was Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. It was one of those churches that celebrated homecomings with a special service filled to capacity followed by dinner on the grounds. The music – a choir accompanied by piano and organ. I can still remember all of the old hymns we sang as well as the row of blue-haired saints who belted them out with strong voices belying their petite frames. Make a joyful noise, indeed.
We would sing the old hymns, usually first, second and last verses. Sometimes, on Wednesday nights, the music leader would let the congregation choose the songs. One of the blue-haired ladies would invariably pick Victory in Jesus. I had my favorites – Blessed Assurance, Holy, Holy, Holy and It is Well to name a few. Another hymn that I loved was my Grandfather’s favorite hymn How Great Thou Art. Every time I hear that old tune I think of him.
Most of the hymns were self-explanatory – What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Sweet Hour of Prayer, On a Hill Far Away. The message made sense.
The one hymn that didn’t make sense to me was Bringing in the Sheaves. I’m not a farm girl so I wasn’t quite sure what a sheave was and why it was so joyful to be bringing them in. Nevertheless, I sang with appropriate joy and enthusiasm.
Finding the Old Hymns in Scripture
I am in the process of reading the Bible through – from cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation. It is a wonderful exercise which I highly recommend. It is different than reading for a particular Bible study or to follow along with the pastor or to find a passage to help in a particular instance.
When you read through the pages of the Bible, you can find unexpected gems like I found a few months ago in the book of Psalms. In Psalm 126:6, the psalmist reminds us of the promise of good things after a time of toil and sorrow.
What are some of your favorite old hymns? Click Here to see a list of the 25 most popular Christian hymns. Is your favorite on the list?