Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Musings - Sing to the Lord

Old hymns versus new praise songs - this is a topic I hear debated when discussions arise about the format of church services these days. Some people enjoy a host of musicians and a full worship team leading praise and worship songs while others would prefer a return to the piano, a guitar and the occasional tambourine leading familiar songs from the church hymnal. Some of these discussions have even gotten a little heated as proponents for one type of song versus another share their opinions.

Did you know that Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn after the Last Supper? Matthew 26:30 says, "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." So, it might seem that hymns are the way to go.

However, Psalm 96:1 tells us to "Sing to the Lord a new song!" So, maybe continually adding new songs is the way to go.


Personally, I enjoy both types of songs, with some Southern Gospel tunes thrown in! In truth, the important thing isn't which type of song we're singing, it's the focus of our heart during the time of worship. Do we have a heart of worship? Are we lifting our voices in praise to the Lord? (Or are we busy grumbling because it's not the type of music we prefer?)

Whether you sing hymns or praise and worship songs, remember to put your focus on praise to the Lord! Please share in the comments which type of worship song you most enjoy.

1 comment:

Patio Postcards said...

I never sing - anywhere - not at church, not in the shower, not even alone in the car. One hymn that I know all the words for is the Battle Hymn of the Republic & it is not one that we would sing in these parts, but I do like the words. Our church choir mistress wrote the hymn (both words & music) for the 5 Sundays before Easter - it is quite lovely. My favourites are Christmas carols.