Thursday, July 24, 2014
Do you hear the people singing?
In Acts 16:16-40 we read about singing. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
Singing was once the hallmark of Christians both in worship and in witness. Music, if it has any purpose whatsoever beyond personal pleasure, is given us to raise songs to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving for His grace and favor. But not so much anymore. . .
Christians today more often hear others sing than sing themselves. Liturgies that were once mostly sung are now mostly spoken. Hymns have given way to praise songs. Choirs to worship divas. The world does not hear us singing like it once did. There is something wrong here.
Why do so many Lutherans stand with mouths shut as some around them sing but they do not? Why do so many of us struggle with words and notes to the great hymns that were once sung without heads in a book? Why is hymn singing limited to the first, third, and fifth stanzas of hymns that once sang out all 15-20 stanzas? Why do we follow the bouncing ball on the screen for a repeated refrain instead of raising full voice to the hymns and spiritual songs that once caused a world to stop and listen?
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