Here’s a great two part series by Kevin DeYoung on some practical principles for church music.
He expands on ten different points:
- Love is indispensable to church singing that pleases God.
- Our singing is for God’s glory and the edification of the body of Christ.
- We ought to sing to the Lord new songs.
- Church singing should swim in its own history of church singing.
- Sing the Psalms.
- We should strive for excellence in the musicality and the poetry of the songs we sing.
- The main sound to be heard in the worship music is the sound of the congregation singing.
- The congregation should also be stretched from time to time to learn new songs and broaden its musical horizons.
- The texts of our songs should be matched with fitting musicality and instrumentation.
- All of our songs should employ manifestly biblical lyrics.
I got a lot out of his articles, especially on points 3 and 4 where he thoughtfully notes the importance of old and new songs. It’s a worthwhile read.