A smile spread across my face as I heard my 7-year-old belt out “Amazing Grace” during church one Sunday. It was “her” song and she loved singing it as loudly as she could. Her head was tilted back slightly and a look of peace and happiness was on her face.
We are all busy, and fitting yet another good thing into the schedule can be stressful. So why should you study hymns with your children? Here are ten reasons we include hymn study in our week as well as resources for implementing hymn study in your homeschool.
Ten Ways Your Children Benefit From Hymn Study
Hymns expose children to solid theology.
When many of these hymns were written, most common people did not own a Bible or could not read it if they had one. Hymns became a way to expose people to theology and to help them remember and understand it. As your children sing hymns, they will be filling their minds with solid theology that will benefit them for years to come.
Hymns become old friends.
What happens when you see a good friend you have not seen in a long time? I don’t know about you, but I am filled with joy and delight. I have seen my children exhibit the same response when we sing a hymn they know in church. It is like seeing an old friend again. I remember many times when a smile spread across my daughter’s face as she leaned over to me and whispered, “I know this song!”
Children can sing a hymn in times of difficulty or fear.
One of the best ways to deal with difficulties or fear is to pray. Sometimes, a situation leaves us speechless and we don’t even know what to pray. When this happens, a hymn can become your prayer. It will fill your heart, mind, and soul with reminders of who God is and what He has promised.
A child singing a hymn warms the hearts of others.
Every time I hear my children sing hymns, I smile. It does not matter if I am listening to an adorable 5-year-old voice or a maturing 12-year-old voice. The result is the same. I often see others around us smiling too. The benefits of singing hymns extend beyond our family.
Non-readers can participate in worship.
It can be difficult when you have a child who wants to participate in worship, but isn’t reading well yet. Whether your child is younger and hasn’t started reading lessons or is older but is struggling to learn to read, learning hymns will help him feel successful as he sings along with the family or congregation.
Singing hymns builds community.
A community is built and strengthened when people do things together. Singing hymns together with your church builds a community in which children feel safe. They feel a connection to the other members in the community. This in turn provides them a safe place to find mentors and other trusted adults.
Singing hymns refreshes the soul.
I always feel refreshed and renewed when I sing hymns. It is soothing to the soul. I often hear my daughters singing hymns as they go about their daily activities, including sometimes belting out a hymn that you can hear all through the house.
Children hear the old hymns in new songs.
Have you noticed how many new worship songs have phrases from older hymns? It is fun to recognize the hymns, and children feel a connection to the new song.
Hymns deepen your child’s relationship with God.
When a child sings praises to God he is spending time developing a lasting relationship. He can sing the songs during worship services, times of personal worship, or times of difficulty.
Hymns enhance history studies.
Many of the hymns have amazing stories behind them. Learning the stories makes the hymns more meaningful and brings history to life.
Hymn Study Resources
Here’s a few of our favorite resources for studying hymns.
- 101 Hymn Stories
- 101 More Hymn Stories
- Then Sings My Soul
- Then Sings My Soul, Book 2
- Then Sings My Soul, Book 3
These are some great hymns to begin your study.
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- Amazing Grace
- Blessed Assurance
- Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- Crown Him with Many Crowns
- Great is Thy Faithfulness
- Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
- Jesus, Lover of My Soul
- Let There Be Peace on Earth
- Now Thank We All Our God
- O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
- Pass It On
- Seek Ye First
- Soon and Very Soon
- This is My Father’s World
- To God be the Glory
- Trust and Obey
- What Wondrous Love is This?
- When We All Get to Heaven
Here are some Christmas hymns you could study in November/December.
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Joy to the World
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Silent Night
- What Child is This?
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