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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ten Principles of Church Singing

O For a Thousand tongues or The Whippoorwill Song? An organ and a choir or drums and electric guitars? How do you choose what is appropriate for corporate worship? To help answer these questions, Kevin DeYoung offers 10 general principles to consider. Here they are in summary:

  1. Love is indispensable to church singing that pleases God.

  2. Our singing is for God’s glory and the edification of the body of Christ.

  3. We ought to sing to the Lord new songs.

  4. Church singing should swim in its own history of church singing.

  5. Sing the Psalms.

  6. We should strive for excellence in the musicality and the poetry of the songs we sing.

  7. The main sound to be heard in the worship music is the sound of the congregation singing.

  8. The congregation should also be stretched from time to time to learn new songs and broaden its musical horizons.

  9. The texts of our songs should be matched with fitting musicality and instrumentation.

  10. All of our songs should employ manifestly biblical lyrics.

You can read a full explanation of each here.

--The Catechizer

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