Music is important to God
Music is important in our worship because music is so important to God. The Bible has numerous commands for God’s people to sing, and resounds with examples of God’s people doing it. So, as we strive to follow Scripture, here are some of the main features of our church’s music.
We sing to God
Since God is the only rightful recipient of our praise and the sole source of all good, our worship is focused on honoring Him and seeking His face.
King David, speaking to God, says,
Because Your favor is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
– Psalm 63:3-4
We sing to each other
Scripture teaches us to not only sing to God, but to sing to one another. Colossians 3:16 commands us to admonish "one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." In our singing, we edify one another with sound doctrine and encourage each other to
We love to sing great songs
What is a great song? It’s a song that is faithful to the teaching of Scripture and is skillfully written so that it fires our affections for God and His truth. We aren’t too concerned if our songs are old or new, so long as they skillfully express biblical truth and build us up in the faith.
We love to sing the Psalms
God’s people have been singing the Psalms for thousands of years. We are glad to join this holy tradition that spans the centuries and flourishes in widely diverse cultures. Of course, we sing the psalms not simply because of ancient tradition, but because the Bible commands it. As Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." By singing from the divinely inspired songbook of the Bible, we learn to relate to God in ways that honor Him, whether we are petitioning Him, praising Him or thanking Him.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
I will praise the Lord while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Ps. 146:1-2)