Tuesday, October 1, 2013

John Wesley provides some Instructions on Singing.

That this part of divine worship may be more acceptable to God, as well as more profitable to yourself and others, be careful to observe the following directions: 

See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find a blessing.
Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being, heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.
Do not bawl, so as to be heard above, or distinct from, the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.
Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before, nor stay behind it; but attend closely to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can. And take care you sing not too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.
Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing; and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

It truly is so nice that we are able to sing with our voices raised up to the Lord, without fear or worry that we will be taken captive, put in prison, tortured or even put to death for our faith in Christ.

Thank you for all the posts you have posted and for your faithfulness to the Lord.

May He continue to use you and speak to many through your post!

Emma Joy said...

Thank you for posting this. It is so true that during worship at church, we have the ear of the King of heaven along with the fellowship of singing as a congregation to the One who died for us...and yet so often we do not want to sing because of not liking our own voice or feeling timid.

May God give us the willingness to sing praises and worship Him in song and the confidence to not be fearful or intimidated by others.

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