Psalm 33:3 says, “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”
I think that pretty much sums up my goal for the musical portion of our worship at Memorial Drive.
I want the songs we sing to remain fresh and new rather than growing old and stale. We should look forward to new songs being introduced – after all, it’s biblical! And, as Rick Atchley says, if you think we’re going to sing the same old 730 songs for all of eternity, you’re going to be greatly disappointed.
I want us to be skilled worshippers. That includes singing well with our voices. It also includes being skillfully engaged with our hearts and bodies. Our faces and our eyes should show our interest. Music is passionate. Sing it like you would say it!
And I want us to do it all with great joy. We have so much reason to rejoice. We have been saved from sin and from a life of meaninglessness. We will be with our Creator forever. That’s good news! Shouting for joy is perfectly acceptable and biblical at the appropriate time. But anyone that tells you there is NO appropriate time is feeding you a lie and trying to steal your joy. Don’t let them!