Singing/worship


Been working very hard the past week to launch a new website. It’s called Music of the Word and offers songs as an aid to memorization. The basic strategy is choosing particularly pertinent chapters from the Bible, and breaking the text down into several songs. This is a fantastic way to memorize – you can retain a lot more material this way than focusing on the words alone. The address for the site is: http://www.maximummusic.us/music-Word/index.html .

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Here are a few more recommended articles on singing –

Why Do We Sing?  This article is written by Bob Kauflin who teaches pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship at Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Click here for the article

Chapter 15 on Psalm Singing from A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
William Law’s book is a classic and was read by the Wesleys, George Whitefield, and other leaders in the evangelical church. I learned of this chapter through one of John Piper’s articles listed below.  Click here for the article

Jesus sings  This is another article from Dr. Piper  Click here for the article

The Slow Death of Congregational Singing by Michael Raiter
Michael Raiter is a preacher and trainer of preachers from Australia. The title is certainly interesting, isn’t it?  Click here for the article

Who would have thought singing is so critical to the faith?

 john-piper-addresses-the-crowdJohn Piper is certainly a noted theologian and speaker these days, but may not be known for his views about singing. He has had plenty to say through the years,  and collectively, his sermons are certainly instructive, as well as enlightening. You can  use the list below or go to Dr. Piper’s website (http://www.desiringgod.org/) and do a search on ‘singing’.

In particular, I like the following:

Did Jesus Sing?    Click here for article

Ambushing Satan with Song   Click here  This article has similar content to our Musical Warfare page, which was written before discovering Dr. Piper’s sermon.

Singing and Making Melody to the Lord   Click here for article

On Ephesians 5:17-20
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18)And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; (20)always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. (NASB)

I Will Sing of Thy Might and Mercy   Click here for article

On Psalm 59:16-17

But I will sing of thy might;                                                                                                                         a_usd_singing_girl_f_312x480
I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning.
For thou hast been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee,
for thou, O God, art my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love. (ESV)

The Importance of Corporate Singing   Click here for article

Joining Jesus in Song   Click here for article

Declare His Glory Among the Nations   Click here for article

On Psalm 96, from a series, Psalms: Thinking and Feeling with God

How Should Music Be Included in Family Devotions (audio only)   Click here for Link

The above pretty well cover the bases. It’s great to see a noted theologian including ‘singing’ among a host of topics. I hope many other pastor-leaders will become as well-informed.

Be sure to check out our Song page at:  Scripture Song page