Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1
This was the favorite text of Sir Fowell Buxton. He once wrote to his daughter that she would find his Bible opening of itself to the place where this passage occurs. This text it was which gave him courage to move in the British Parliament for the emancipation of slaves through the British Empire.
When he entered on that conflict he stood almost alone; when this bill was first read in Parliament it was received with shouts of derisive laughter. But he bethought him of this text, and he began his speech, saying:Mr. Speaker, the reading of this bill is the beginning of a movement which will surely end in the abolition of slavery throughout the British dominions.
The old Hebrew prophet never said a truer word. Sir Fowell knew it, for the battle was not his, but God’s.
Robinson, p. 59
Sing to the Lord, our might,
With holy fervor sing!
Let hearts and instruments unite
To praise our heavenly king.
This is His holy house,
And this His festal day,
When He accepts the humblest vows
That we sincerely pay.
The Sabbath to our sires
In mercy first was given;
The Church her Sabbaths still requires
To speed her on to Heaven.
We still like them of old,
Are in the wilderness;
And God is still as near His fold
To pity and to bless.
Then let us open wide
Our hearts for Him to fill;
And He that Israel then supplied
Will help His Israel still.