1.Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.( Psalm 150)
Please allow me to start this brief synopsis with an old cliché. Actually it is an old song. The song was Music! Music! Music!", written by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum and published in 1949.The biggest-selling version of the song was recorded by little Teresa Brewer on December 20, 1949,
Does this old song date you ? If so, then join the "dinosaur" generation. And how does this old song fit into today's church singing ? Much like the secular world, music is the soul of the church.
Many religions in modern and historic times have counted on music as way of blending the congregation. The Christian Church is no exception with a widespread variety of musical styles. Some may use a full orchestra, while others may rely solely on the " A cappella" style, which is singing without instrumental sound.
Simply put, music is and has always been a part of the church scene ( Psalm 68:4), from the old traditional hymns to the newer contemporary music. As long as God's word is honored, I see nothing wrong with a little mixture. Thus the phrase " praise and worship music.(Psalm 147:1)
Growing up, my particular Christian setting was well known for its music. The brass bands always stood out among many church orchestras. I even had the pleasure of playing the "tambourine " and the old "bass drum", which I dearly enjoyed very much.
You may not be the best at harmonizing, but just let go and let God have his way in your heart strings. God can take a noise, as long as it's singing His praises, and turn it in to an angelic masterpiece. (Psalm 100:1)
I realize that discussions about church music can have an adverse effect on both young and old alike.(Ephesians 5:19) And this debate, if not controlled tactfully, can have an unsympathetic effect on any congregation. The young ones like the more modern contemporary music. While the seniors tend to go for the old fashion hymns.
Today's churches are beginning to incorporate more contemporary music into the worship service because the old hymns seem to be "old" and "not exciting" and do not appeal well to the younger sect.
Conversely, some familiar with the older scriptural hymn messages, often times say that the new music doesn't seem to "move" anywhere, as the same lyrics are repeated over and over. This just may be due to the "generation gap" syndrome. Young people tend to worship "in the now". Whereas, seniors want the scripture message to flow through the lyrics.
Being new doesn't mean a song lacks the same scriptural basis as their former counterparts, but it does mean they reflect a new less ornate prose perhaps. But new songs will be the reflection of their composers. And each new generation will do as commanded by their Creator and unto Him a new song. ( Psalm 8:2)
It is my view point that a "happy medium" can be reached, by changing to a combination of traditional and contemporary music. Simply by cautiously incorporating the newer songs. ( 1 Cor 14:26) The newer songs must be carefully chosen to make sure that we don't use songs that are completely beyond the ability of the congregation to sing.
It's not surprising when someone has grown up in the church some 40-50 years, and having only sung the known "ole time" hymns, not to be comfortable with the contemporary worship songs.
A church, in which I attended, once introduced new music by having a Sunday evening chorus of the month. Each Sunday the service would open with this chorus, and by the end of the month, the chorus was well known.
It's nice to have the words of the song or hymn projected onto a screen, but not with music. How many parishioners actually read music ? If the hymns are transposed from the hymnbook, the page number should be included for those having a problem seeing the screen words.
So what's the solution ? Simply put, the church service should be a time of worship for young people and seniors alike. The older church members are the "back bone' of the church. ( 1 Cor 14:29) However, without young ones, the church will surely perish. ( Psalm 71:5)
Worship is not about any particular demographic segment of the community. It is about letting God be real to those in the congregation.( Romans 8:27) It is about letting God's "Holy Spirit" take control of all aspects of the service. (Romans 5:5)
In conclusion singing is all about "praise and worship". For musical leadership is modeled in the Old Testament. ( 1 Chron 15:22) Ultimately, our worship leader is Jesus. He is the only mediator between God and man, and the perfect man, who sings God's praise in our midst. ( 1 Tim 2:5) ( Hebrews 2:12) as our High Priest. ( Hebrews 10:19-22)
So let's make, Music! Music! Music! In our hearts as we worship Christ Jesus, at home, at work, at play and at church.
We will sing, sing, sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing, sing, sing
Grateful that You hear us
When we shout Your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus
( Chris Tomlin)
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