One of the greatest disagreements among churches today is music.
- Do we sing hymns?
- Do we use instruments?
- How loud are the drums supposed to be?
- Can people raise their hands?
- Can you turn the volume down?
- Can you turn the volume up?
The questions can go on and on!
In the last blog post, I explained that here at Genesis Community Church we want to be transparent and clear as to why we do what we do. This includes our music styles and preferences.
Look at what Psalm 98 says about worship:
 O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.  The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.” - Psalm 98:1-2
God’s people are commanded in verse 1 to “sing to the Lord a new song”. And as the church we have been given a song to sing. We have been given the song of salvation!
In his book Doxology & Theology Matt Boswell states,
“As the people of God, we are meant to be continually writing new songs that confess the tenets of our faith in fresh, creative, and meaningful ways.”
This is why we sing and write new songs. This is why we don’t sing only hymns. This is why we try our best to have music that is fresh and creative!
At Genesis Community Church, we value having a diverse selection of songs we sing. This is why you will hear some hymns, some classic songs, and some songs that are so new you may not know them yet.
Just know that we are very selective in the songs we pick for our church to sing. Each song goes through an extensive process before it is added to our Sunday corporate worship time.
I am blessed to be the one who gets to pastor you all in worship and singing! I love you and pray that you will make conscious decisions about what songs you listen to and sing.
Remember that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)
Next week we will look further into Psalm 98 and discuss other aspects of worship it teaches.
What are we singing?
- Forever Reign (Austin Stone Worship)
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson)
- This is Amazing Grace (Jeremy Riddle)
- Romans 11 Doxology (Andrew Peterson)
- O God of our Salvation (Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell)
- Stronger (Hillsong)
- How He Loves Us (John Mark McMillan)
- How Deep The Father's Love For Us (Stuart Townend)
- Nothing But The Blood of Jesus (Robert Lowry)
This week as we sing the song “O God of Our Salvation”, think upon the words written in Psalm 79:9.
“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!” - Psalm 79:9
We sing to the God of our salvation! It is through Him that redemption comes! We sing to the triune God, “The Father, Son and Spirit, The blessed three in one.”
Let us remember who we sing to!
Let the weight of that thought make you worship and praise the one who saved you!