Published January 19, 2006
First, I agree with the brother that the old hymns seem to have been relegated to a second or third status in the musical program. I believe the words of the songs should glorify the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ).
I don’t know, I wasn’t there then, but I imagine the first Christians (all Jews) lamented the passing of the singing of the Psalms when the first hymns appeared. Along this line, when entering the worship services, I need to sing, or say the verse in Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Several years ago when I was on a deacon board two deacons had a disagreement over the budget and went into the church lustily singing: “More like the Master I would be ever be,” and then departed without speaking to each other.
This disagreement (I do not prefer “controversy”) might not end until we come to that time in Revelation 5:9 where it is recorded “And they sang a new song.”
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