In short, I sing and love both.
I prefer singing words that align with Scriptural truth. (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:16). If I sing lyrics that Scripture contradicts, I am not likely to be worshipping God.
I must sing words that reflect the nature and character of the triune God (Exodus 20:3-6; Jeremiah 2:13, 27-28). My focus should not be to elevate man to the point of distracting my focus upon God.
I must understand that music serves the lyrics. While I believe music should be written, practiced and performed with excellence, I also know that music must be “singable.”
I must be committed to singing truth that is clear. If the music team or it’s leader doesn’t understand the words of a song, I won’t either. When using such words that are not common in today’s vernacular (e.g., “raise by Ebenezer”), I should explain that terminology to the congregation or exchange it for a clearer term that reflects the meaning of the line.
I love singing songs from all eras of church history (Psalm 33:2; 95:2; 149:3; 150:1-6) – the old songs and the new songs. Too much disunity exists due to what some have called “worship wars.” God has moved upon musicians and writers in a variety of ways throughout history and in different cultures, and to sing a variety of song styles is a way of honoring that God-driven diversity.
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