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

 

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