January 22, 2010
We have the privilege of having a “Hymn of the Month” focus for 2010. It has always been my goal in corporate worship to include both “new” songs and proven songs that have endured the ages. In both cases, our musical presentation will strive for beauty that complements the lyrics and a sound that reflects the current times; namely, it will sound and feel like it’s 2010.
I would define hymns as songs of worship that are written specifically for congregational worship. To that end, they are usually musically simple, lyrically deep and poetic, memorable, and powerful when sung in the corporate setting. There are many great hymns that have endured the ages, connecting generation upon generation of people to worship the Lord and thus building up the Church. Some of these hymns are deeply theological and written for the purpose of conveying and teaching the great truths of the Scriptures. Thus was the case with our featured January hymn, How Firm a Foundation.
Others are heartfelt prayers of devotion and longing to the Lord. Some characterize a personal relationship with the Lord while others exalt the name of Jesus and rejoice in the gospel. It has been tough to choose only 12 from the wealth that exists, but I’m looking forward to allowing the content of these proven songs of the faith to corporately and personally inspire praise to God and lead us to become better worshipers.