What’s your take on loud music?

Posted: October 20, 2014 in psalms

Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Psalm 47:1

I often wondered if singing loudly in a congregational setting is Biblical. Not that I am prone to legalism but I would want some hard evidence that indeed, it is ok to sing (even if we are out of tune) loudly. I love the hymns though. It makes me contemplate and the theology of hymns speak of God more than what I feel about Him. This psalm speaks of clapping of the hands, and is speaking to all nations or nationality. It speaks of worshiping in the context of a group. One day we will be singing with different nationalities. What an amazing sight would that be.

The psalmist also said…shout to God. The act of shouting in worship is more of jubilation, of triumph, of victories as one cannot shout if he is downhearted. Indeed, the psalmist was speaking of shouting with loud songs of joy! So how loud is loud? The act of singing can vary from person to person but the bottom line is the heart. Worship comes from a heart that wants to express joy and thankfulness. Worship talks of God and what He has done.

So next time you see someone singing loudly, that act is a private line between God and the worshiper.

Can you be expressive in singing too?

  1. Alden says:

    amen Pastor Gabo! 🙂

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