Since corporate worship occupies a different character then private worship, we must answer the question how the corporate character of worship regulates the character of our song selection. Some rational conclusions follow:
- Corporate worship involves corporate singing. Our song choices need to reflect this context. Songs written for solo singers probably ought not find their way into the hymnody of the church.
- Corporate singing reminds us that the congregation will have greater or lesser musical ability. Some will possess the talent envied by contestants on The Voice. Others will simply make a “joyful noise” according to the command from Psalm 100. This range of musical ability should draw our song selection to the easy-to-sing options.
- Corporate worship includes the immediate presence of God. His presence demands holiness and the best of our efforts. We cannot accept mediocrity before God in our worship. Our lyrics must express the best and fullest expressions of our hearts in worship before God. The good must make way for the best.
(Continued next week)