Christian Faith Is A Singing Faith"
Church history great periods of spiritual revival have always
been accompanied by a renewed interest in congregational singing.
In the 16th century historians estimated that
Martin Luther won more converts to Christ through his encouragement
of congregational singing than even through his strong preaching
In the 18th century, of the Wesleys it was
said that for every person they won to Christ with their preaching,
ten were won through their music.
In the 19th century Dion Moody said "singing
does at least as much as preaching to impress the word of
God upon peoples minds..."
The singing of people, congregational singing,
is a highly important form of worship in the Evangelical church.
singing helps to challenge the unbeliever, to edify the saint,
and to fan revival fires. Hymns breathe the praise of saints,
the visions of the prophets, the prayers of the penitent,
and the spirit of martyrs. They bring solice to the sad, assurance
to the perplexed, faith to the doubter and comfort to the
oppressed. They span the centuries of history and bridge the
barrier of denominations.
hymns and spiritual songs to be pure in heart; sing them to
be joyful in spirit and store them in the mind to possess
a treasury of worship.
Tony Loeffler, The Solid Rock Ministries)
"The First Hymnal"
Written by at least seven authors (of which David is the most notable) the book of Psalms spans one thousand years of Israel's rich history -from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylonia.
The word psalm comes from a greek word meaning "a song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument"
Used as the Temple hymnbook, the Psalms express the diversity of human emotion -praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, and an overriding confidence in God's goodness, majesty, and power.
(The Daily Walk Bible, NLT)
By Martin Luther
Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. I wish to see all arts, principally Music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. I would not for the world forego my humble share of Music. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry, and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology, there is no art that can be placed on a level with Music; for besides theology, Music is the only art capable of affording Peace and Joy of the heart...the devil flees before the sounds of Music almost as much as before the Word of God.