Worship Music

Colossians 3:1-17, “1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
 5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

 12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Here’s what I don’t get. If the early Christians had to write their own songs to worship with why today’s Christians insist on singing only old ones. There was a time when even our classic hymns were once new and probably not sung so much. There are dozens of wonderful Christian artists who write beautiful music. Isn’t the saying, “They don’t write any old songs anymore, only new ones.” Much of the new music does fit under the category of spiritual songs. Look, the old songs aren’t horrible, but if you have to define what ‘wassailling’ is then it’s time to consider how much of the old music is reaching the younger generation. (Wassailling, I think, is singing carols door-to-door.) Much of the old music is real tough to sing anyway.

I wonder if the early Christians weren’t too picky about the instraments that accompanied their music. Did they have a harp and drums? Tamborines? Was their a big fuss when somebody brought a new instrament? Was the old generation upset when Amazing Grace or It Is Well was played for the first time? Does anybody miss any of the hymns from the years 50 to 1500? Were microphones a hinderance or a help that first month they were installed? Why is it ok to use microphones but not an electric guitar? Would the world come to an end if the music was played loud enough to be heard on the street?

God of This City by Chris Tomlin
[Verse 1]
You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

[Verse 2]
You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

[Chorus]
For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

[Verse 1]

[Verse 2]

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

[Chorus]
For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

[Chorus]
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

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