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Of Singing of Psalms‎

May 7, 2009

As I was thumbing through “The Westminster Directory of Public Worship,” I came across a very interesting topic called “Of Singing of Psalms.” I find it to be a wonderful description of how we are to come together in corporate worship on Sundays.

“It is the duty of Christians to praise God publicly, by singing of psalms together in the congregation, and also privately in the family. In singing of psalms, the voice is to be tunably and gravely ordered; but the chief care must be to sing with understanding, and with grace in the heart, making melody unto the Lord.”

The “duty” of Christians! Wow, what a concept; that as a Christian we are called to praise God corporately! Note my favorite part: although this addresses the tune and ordered sound of our voices, it takes the focus off whether or not we are good singers and if the music is flawless, but we are to “sing with understanding.” I am constantly convicted as a Music Minister that although it is my job to lead in congregational singing, I must not get up on stage and dutifully sing the lyrics to the songs, but sing with understanding and grace.  This is my desire as the leader in corporate worship; that whether we are singing a classic hymn or a new chorus, that we would truly meditate on what we are singing to gain a better understanding of who God is, with grace in our hearts, as an offering unto the Lord.

“…but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” -Ephesians 5:18-20

Worshiping with our lives, not only with our music.

Kyle Spencer

Eastwood Baptist Church, Music Ministry

One Comment leave one →
  1. gordon permalink
    May 7, 2009 4:46 pm

    I am convicted that my worship should translate into “worship living”. Everything I do should be an offering of worship to the Lord.

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