An Open Letter to Praise Bands
“What I have found in most churches that have praise leaders/teams is that for them, worship is the music itself. It’s not what is prescribed in worship according to Scripture. The means of worship according to Scripture are… and get this, reading God’s word, the declaration of God’s word (known as preaching), prayer and the sacraments. No where are we given praise teams/leaders.
In fact, up until about 200 years ago, the use of instruments in worship was quite limited to those of the Lutheran and Catholic persuasions. Protestants didn’t use instruments for the most part and sang only from the psalter which is the actual worship book of the church, i.e., the Psalms. Now it is hard to even find anyone sing the psalms at all. There are hymns that reference the psalms, but that isn’t singing a psalm.”
It would be a wonderful tool to know (all) the psalms by the hymns they are sung to.
Do you know of a collection of them as a recording that could be sung along to at home?
I have an idea. Let’s add varitety to “praise bands.” Can we have, “Repent you faking church member bands?: Or “Give more than a dollar a week you tightwad bands.” How about Hell Bands, that bring before the congregation the certainty of coming judgement, and the eternity of hellish destruction? Grace bands that emphasize God’s sovereignty and saving grace. “Getting by bands” that remind congregation of the sin of selfishiness and an unloving attitude toward your brethren..? OT bands that sing about mostly forgotten truths from the OT? “Beware of goats” bands that sing of the many warnings of those who have falsely crept into the congretation?
Holiness bands that serve to remind us how far off the mark most of us are in our personal/internal/thought life. Baptism bands that extol the proper method and recipeints of Baptism – believing converts. I bet we an beat these sorts of lyrics:
Oh God I love you
I love you so much
How deep is my love for you
I am ever full of love for you.
You are wondeful, but mostly my love is most important.
Cause Lord, I just luvs ya so much.
And I love you today and tomorrow
I love you I love you I love you.
And Lord did you know I just love you?
Did you know I just love you to pieces?
And Lord I just love you in total
as I drive to my church in my Volvo…