Hymn writer (lyrics): Katherine Hankey, Refrain by William Fischer
Music composer: William Fischer
Notes: The verses for both the above hymn and another one were taken from a 100-verse poem written by Katherine in 1866. Mr. Fischer worked as a college professor in music for ten years, after which he started a successful piano store.
Music in the Bible
The Bible credits Jubal, a descendant of Cain, as the first inventor of musical instruments. According to Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, Jubal was the 'father' of those who played the harp and organ - those who made music with stringed instruments and others who utilized wind instruments.
21. And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who corruptly play the lyre and the pipe (Genesis 4:21, HBFV).
God created angels with the ability to sing. When Lucifer, who later rebelled and turned into Satan the Devil, was created he was given special musical talents.
11. And the Word of the LORD came to me (Ezekiel), saying, 12. "Son of man, lift up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "You seal up the measure of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13. You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the ruby, the topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald, and gold. The workmanship of your settings and of your sockets (the ability to make music) was prepared in you in the day that you were created . . ."'" (Ezekiel 28:11 - 13, see also Job 38:1 - 4, 6 - 7).
The New Testament encourages believers to not only use songs to worship God but also to use them to encourage each other. The apostle Paul, in the book of Ephesians, tells the church at Ephesus not to get drunk but rather to speak and sing to each other with hymns, psalms and sacred songs to the Lord.
18. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit: 19. Speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and offering praise to the Lord with your hearts; 20. Giving thanks at all times for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18 - 19, see also Acts 16:25).