The lyrics and the music are composed to stir up people emotionally. What they are failing to see is that the Joy that comes from singing is not just emotional but rather “Joy of Salvation” and “spiritual enlightenment”. A true believer cherishes the melody of lyrics that are Bible based rather than the music.
Eph 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
Col 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
If we look at the lyrics of Hymns of old and todays contemporary Christian music, we will see the difference. If we think the music of Hymns is little too old, modernize the music by taking the lyrics from these Hymns. The lyrics of our songs should reflect the broad themes of Scripture. Today’s lyrics only contain phrases like ‘I magnify you’, ‘I glorify you’, ‘I praise you’ and so on repetitively, nothing on reason why. They are all carnal minded and not spiritual minded. Lets ask ourselves, if the teaching of our church was limited to the songs we sing, what would our people ever know? In Deu 31, God uses music to help his people remember his words.
Deu 31:19 “Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.”
Exodus 15:1 “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”
Psa 119:54 “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.”
Psa 96:1-3 “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 2Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 3Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”
Psa 33:3 “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.”
And what is this “new song”?
Psa 98:1 “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory [Salvation for his people].”
Isa 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
Isa 51:3 “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”
Isa 35:10 “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
The host of heaven is not united in their style of music but in the words of their song. What kind of music do people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation sing? We don’t know! But the Bible tells us what the focus should be: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. The Lamb must always be central to our corporate singing. Why? Because Jesus is the one who made it possible. God doesn’t hear us on account of our skill in singing. He hears it because it is in his Son. We shouldn’t look for music to move us to sing. God has already done something worthy of moving us. How can we then keep from singing?
Rev 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”
Rev 14:3 “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand (144000 represents the completness of God’s Elect), which were redeemed from the earth.”