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Since the dawn of creation and throughout history, singing has characterized God’s people in worship.  Mandated and exemplified in the Bible, singing is integral to corporate worship and is itself an act of worship. Psalms and hymns are a fundamental means by which believers respond to divine grace, communicate their praise, affirm their faith and proclaim spiritual truth. – From the preface to the Trinity Hymnal

Throughout history, God’s Church has a rich tradition of singing to the glory of God.  Yet, in many churches, the hymnal has been jettisoned in favor of the praise song and corporate worship has been abandoned for the musical performance.  The Scriptures, however, command the people of God to “speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).  Why is it imperative that the people of God sing?  Continue Reading…

Zoltan Kodály believed that true musical literacy – the ability to read, write, and think music – is the right of every human being.  For the Christian, however, it may be argued that musical literacy is the responsibility of every believer.  The apostle Paul commanded the church at Colossae to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with a heart of thanksgiving to God.  The Psalmist exhorted the covenant people of God to “sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 96:1).  Everything in God’s creation was made to praise him – the seas and all its creatures, the field and everything in it, and even the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)!  In Psalm 150, King David commands that not only are we to praise God with singing, we are to praise him with the playing of instruments.  God’s people are commanded to praise him with trumpets, lute and harp, tambourine and dance, strings and pipe, and loud clashing cymbals (Psalm 150:2-5). 

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