Music is perhaps the most visible, memorable, and debatable way in which we worship the Creator. It is often the central focus of discussions about worship “styles,” and is subject to personal opinion and preference, perhaps more than any other avenue of worship.
In spite of this, it is absolutely critical that our musical expressions reflect—to the best of our ability—God’s will. On this blog, we will be looking at three things:
- General issues surrounding our musical worship. These are big-picture questions: both those directly connected to matters of authority and carrying out God’s will; and those about which God has not legislated specifically, but can have an impact on what God has revealed depending on how we exercise our liberty in them.
- Thematic issues with lyrics. Whether looking at a single line in a single hymn, or an expression or idea common to a number of hymns, these are targeted discussions about the words that we sing, hopefully presented from a biblical perspective.
- Hymn analysis. While many writers enjoy discussions of the back stories of a number of hymns, we are going to be focused primarily on the scriptural content (or lack thereof) in the songs that we sing.
There are a number of things in which I am going to express what I believe to be an “informed personal preference.” That is, a personal preference based on what I consider to be most expedient for carrying out God’s will. I’ll go ahead and say it: I am not God, and this is not the Bible. I am simply trying to figure out the most effective way to worship the Almighty, and I hope you are, too.
Carl Peterson is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a preacher of the gospel and, in his own humble opinion, an all-around good guy. He keeps his hands busy with a number of different projects, including some web development, hymn writing, book writing, and other such things as strike his interest. He also enjoys talking about himself in the third person.
Most Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible, which has been placed in the public domain by its translators. However, some are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. (www.Lockman.org)
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