- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:44
Singing is part of our worship (Hebrews 13:15) and worship is by the Spirit of God (Philippians 3:3, JND), therefore He must lead in the selection of hymns. Paul, when he speaks of believers being led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18), refers to the whole tenor of Christian living. Being led by the Spirit in everyday living, through submission to Him and to Gods Word, is prerequisite to experiencing His leading in assembly gatherings. Leading the assemblys worship by the choice of a hymn is as serious a responsibility as leading the assemblys worship in prayer. Younger and older believers should be encouraged to humbly request hymns that will glorify the Lord and contribute to the worship of fellow-believers. The sincere help of some who seldom participate publicly almost always helps a meeting greatly
The late, highly-esteemed Charles Strom remarked that being led by the Spirit "generally means using spiritual wisdom." Aaronic priests did not function alone; the priestly work of selecting hymns involves a sensitivity to the worship of others. If a believer is enjoying a certain hymn, which is consistent with anothers worship, that hymn may be appropriate to sing. The same could be true if anothers worship forcibly impresses the believer with a certain hymn. Spiritual wisdom may dictate against singing that hymn if there have been too many hymns already or if it is time to break the bread. Sometimes it might be wise to sing only a couple of verses that particularly embody the truth the believer is enjoying. We express Gods character as an orderly God when all things are done "in a becoming and orderly manner" (1 Corinthians 14:40, Weymouth).