10 Principles for Church Singing, by Kevin DeYoung

On Kevin DeYoung’s excellent blog–which I hope you’ll visit often–he has listed 10 principles for church singing, in 2 separate posts.

Principles 1-5 are here.
Principles 6-10 are here.

And here they are, all together, but you still need to read his explanation of each:
(1) Love is indispensable to church singing that pleases God
(2) Our singing is for God’s glory and the edification of the body of Christ
(3) We ought to sing to the Lord new songs
(4) Church singing should swim in its own history of church singing
(5) Sing the Psalms
(6) We should strive for excellence in the musicality and the poetry of the songs we sing
(7) The main sound to be heard in the worship music is the sound of the congregation singing
(8) The congregation should also be stretched from time to time to learn new songs and broaden its musical horizons
(9) The texts of our songs should be matched with fitting musicality and instrumentation
(10) All of our songs should employ manifestly biblical lyrics

 

A Snapshot of June 16, 2011

Stacie and I arrived at Louisville’s Norton Suburban hospital for the delivery of our second son, Logan Samuel Chase, on June 16, 2011.

My parents had flown in from Texas to care for 2-year-old Jensen, so we were able to devote full concentration to the exciting task at hand.

Our day started off with a small Starbucks breakfast, thus getting off on the right foot.

We pulled into the hospital’s east parking lot at 7 am and went to the Labor and Delivery wing of the campus.  Room #13 awaited us.  It’s a good thing we’re not superstitious…

Throughout the day we had a string of helpful and encouraging nurses.  They answered our questions, alleviated any concerns, and–most importantly–provided Stacie with pain medicine when deemed necessary.

My parents brought Jensen to see us before lunch.  He seemed concerned that his momma was hooked up to machines and lying in a hospital bed, but his concern was quickly replaced by the excitement of raising and lowering her bed with a remote control.

Stacie read Jensen a special “big brother” book, and we assured him his big brother would be here soon.

In the afternoon, her contractions were only a few minutes apart, and she found it almost impossible to get any decent sleep.

That evening, around 8:25 pm, it was time to push.  Less than 10 minutes later, Logan was here.  He weighed 7 pounds and measured 19 1/2 inches tall.

Thank you, Lord, for the safe delivery of a healthy baby boy.

A Prayer Poem of Praise for the Birth of Logan Samuel Chase

O God of heaven, Lord of earth,
You have heard our prayer
To bring our second son to birth
In watchful, loving care.

Though he lives by Your good hand,
His heart is born in sin.
He needs the light of gospel truth
To make him born again.

You ordained all his steps and days,
In wisdom wrote them down.
Draw from him love and trust and praise,
All for Your Son’s renown.

O God of life, Giver of breath,
Sustain him by Your grace,
And lead his life in righteousness,
Save Logan Samuel Chase.