Which is more important in our worship, hymns or prayers?

Which is more important in our worship, hymns or prayers?

Some of the most exalted expressions of praise in the Bible are in the Bibles "Hymn Book," the Psalms. They were used in New Testament assemblies (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Singing such truths with due consideration, believers - then and now - would "sing with the spirit" and "with the understanding" (1 Corinthians 14:15). The psalms were inspired; our hymns are not. Nevertheless, they contain a considerable weight of biblical truth. The hymns we sing at the Breaking of Bread are, at their best, the result of worship produced by the Spirit and written by Spirit-guided believers. Prayers of worship are, at their best, the result of worship produced by the Spirit and spoken by Spirit-guided believers. Discounting the value of singing such hymns may result from overvaluing our contributions and undervaluing those of others. On the other hand, discounting the value of fresh, biblical, heartfelt prayers of worship will quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Either an unsuited hymn or a dry prayer can quench the Spirit at the Breaking of Bread. Either a suitable hymn or a sincere, Christ-exalting prayer can deepen the worship of the gathering. One hymn and many prayers of worship may fittingly prepare our hearts for the Breaking of Bread, as may a number of hymns and an equal number of prayers of worship. Both are very important in the hand of the Spirit.

D. Oliver