If you are around young people, you should know by now that hymns are not as popular as they once were. I used to be one of those who found hymns “boring” and not “feeling” them, over time a lot has changed and I have come to love hymns and I wish more people sang them. Hence #HymnFridays, in spirit of making people sing hymns again, I would like to share a few reasons why we should make hymns great again i.e. sing them more often.
- Hymns are a way of singing our theology. Unlike many songs that are being sang today, hymns are full of truth and theology. Many theologians (Such as Martin Luther) wrote hymns that were filled with as much theology as their writings. As a result, every time we sings these wonderful songs we proclaim the truth we hold according to what the bible has taught us.
- Hymns are saturated with truths that have stood the test of time. Saints across the globe have been singing these songs for thousands of years, and some are still singing them today. Their content has stood the test of time mostly because they are full of truth that can be found in scripture. Yes they might have been written a while back but their content is still relevant to our souls.
- The bible encourages us to sing hymns. Ephesians 5:18-19: “….but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart“(ESV)
- Hymns help us worship in truth and in spirit because they are full of truth. God is looking fo a people who will worship him in truth and in Spirit, truth is found in his word hence why we should sing songs that have more of His truth.
- Hymns help us think rightly about God. The truth they possess helps us to set our minds attention on the things of God by filling our minds with sound doctrine which gives us deep and authentic affections towards God.
“Show me a church’s songs and I’ll show you their theology.” – Gordon Fee
One of my greatest encouragements during the week is when my heart starts to sing the hymns I sang with the body of Christ on Sunday, they encourage and edify me with their sound doctrine. My encouragement to you dear friend would be to get into the habit of singing and listening to hymns, there are a lot of artists that now do covers of hymns for those that liked modernized hymns. Here are some of my favorites:
If you have any favorite artists that cover hymns, comment below or tweet me @iamnotagoddess I would love your feedback!! 🙂
“Music in the church ought to be much more than an emotional stimulant. In fact, this means music and preaching should have the same aim. Both properly pertain to the proclamation of God’s Word… Therefore the songwriter ought to be skilled in Scripture and as concerned for theological precision as the preacher. Even more so, because the songs he writes are likely to be sung again and again (unlike a sermon that is preached only once)”- John MacArthur
Grace and Peace,