"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!" – Psalm 149:1
One aspect of our worship that we take very seriously is singing praise to God. God has given us music as a gift by which we can encourage each other and give glory to Him. Our aim each week is to sing biblically sound and doctrinally rich songs that are pleasing to God when we earnestly sing. Our music is distinctive in a two ways:
We unashamedly sing old hymns that speak profound truths still relevant today. And we purposefully sing well-written contemporary songs that speak of who God is and what he has done. For some songs we use a full contemporary band, and for others we use piano and organ. We don’t focus on style as much as we do content and sincerity. What matters to us is that our music points us to Christ and rightly proclaims his name!
We believe that there is both a horizontal and vertical component to our corporate worship. The purpose of our singing is seen in Ephesians 5:19-20: “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”. We see a two-fold purpose in singing from this scripture:
- We address each other in our worship. Corporate worship is meant to encourage each other as we proclaim the truths in the songs together. This is horizontal encouragement.
- We give thanks to God for what he has done in Christ. This is vertical worship.
Because music is meant to worship God and encourage the body as we hear each other sing, we are purposeful in our setting to ensure that we can see and hear each other. We sing with the lights up so that you can see others affirming truth in worship, and we sing with our band volume low enough to be able to hear each other sing(it’s hard to “address one another” if you can’t see or hear them!). While this is atypical for churches that use band instruments like we do, we find that it is greatly beneficial to our corporate worship.
If you desire to learn the music we sing, below is a link to a Spotify playlist that includes many of the contemporary songs we sing. We also sing hymns carefully selected from Hymns of Grace and Great Hymns of the Faith.Living Hope Baptist Spotify Playlist