Sunday, June 29, 2008
The great hymns of the faith seem
old and dull to some.
Indeed there are many hymns where the
whole message of the hymn is wrapped up
and superseded by the droll music
associated with it.
As a pianist and worship leader there are
many times when I just have to question
what a person was thinking when they
composed a certain hymn as it is neither
enjoyable to play or to sing.
These are best just left alone in the
hymnal for some more daring person to
use. A song which uses timing that is
uncomfortable for the congregation, words
or notes that are not easily translated for
congregational singing should not be used.
However, that being said, there are a wealth
of great songs and hymns available for our use
today. I wonder how many of us appreciate
the value of song. It is a great way to
memorize scripture. There are so many songs
based on entire passages which when put to music
return to our thoughts many times.
There are songs of encouragement, songs of joy,
spirituals, reverence. You name it and there
is a song for the occasion.
I would encourage you to take some time and
reflect on the words of your favorite hymn or
worship song today...