8 Guidelines and Suggestions for Those Who Lead Their Churches In Musical Worship by Wyeth Duncan
A brother recently asked me about my preparation to lead music for the Midwest Annual Reformation Conference. I shared with him my songsheet and how it was presented. He asked me about guidelines and suggestions for musical worship, and that got me thinking. As far as guidelines and suggestions I would recommend when it comes to leading worship in song, here are several—in no particular order—which come to mind:
Always strive to grow your knowledge of Scripture.
To properly understand the meaning behind the lyrics of Christian songs, one needs to know Scripture. A knowledge of Scripture is necessary to rightly evaluate the suitability of individual songs for worship. A knowledge of Scripture will also help in trying to match songs with sermon texts and themes.
Become a student of song/hymn lyrics.
Seek to understand what message the writer was trying to communicate. You can better communicate a song when you understand what it means. Yes, brothers and sisters, use a dictionary when necessary!
Understand the instructive importance of a church’s music.
See the sung music of the church as an extension of the teaching ministry of the church. As we sing Christian songs, we also sing theology. Strive to sing good theology and biblical truth.
Pray, learning dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
On this matter, John Piper has a helpful acronym he uses: APTAT (A: ADMIT that without Christ you can do nothing; P: PRAY for God’s help; T: TRUST in a promise suited to your need; A: ACT with humble confidence in God’s help; and T: THANK him for the good that comes). A fuller explanation can be found here. Bottom line: We need the Lord’s help. Prayer is an expression of dependence upon God the Holy Spirit.
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SOURCE: The Gospel Coalition