June 8, 2014

“Music and Worship” – “Music is not the only thing, but it’s an important thing”

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“Music and Worship”

“Music is not the only thing, but it’s an important thing”

I Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16, Exodus 15:1,

James 5:13, Psalm 98:5, I Chronicles 15:22, 27, Psalm 95:1,

Daniel 3:15, Psalm 105:2, Psalm 150:1-6

1. The focus on music should not be when it was written, or the

tune, or even the style of music.


2. The focus of music should be primarily on the lyrics or



3. Many of the tunes of the old hymns of the faith were written

without music.


4. The argument alone that pronouns “I”,“We”,“Me”, and “Us”

are found in many so-called newer songs needs to be put into

a context.

A. Many of the “Old Hymns of the Faith” have personal pronouns

B. Many of the Psalms are filled with personal pronouns


5. The argument that there is too much repetition in newer hymns

alone is not totally valid for at least two reasons:

A. Older hymns also have a lot of repetition.

B. Even more importantly are the number of repetitious words

and phrases in many of the Psalms

C. The real issue is “what” is being repeated.


6. While there is a danger of too much “humanism” in our theology

and our hymnology, there is also the danger that when we

remove “us” from everything, it becomes meaningless.


7. Finally, by way of summary, I use one word to describe everything

I have said. The key word is “BALANCE.”


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