There are important reasons for using pianos, organs or other instruments with group singing. First and foremost, music can play an important part in enhancing people’s communication with God and receiving the joy that comes from that. As people send their praises upward for the ear of our Lord to hear, the accompaniments on HymnServe will give them confidence as they sing. The desired outcome will add meaning to the overall experience.
Hymn selections can enhance the service when they correspond to the theme of the day or what the minister is going to emphasize. If that information is not available, the leader can always pray for wisdom in making the best music choices.
The importance of music and congregational involvement goes back to the days of King David who was a songwriter and music director. It is so interesting to see the way he gets people involved—especially when he moves the little tribe of Benjamin to the front of the big procession bringing the ark to the temple. What an organizer David is!
Psalm 68 tells how he directed the event:
Singers are in front, musicians behind;
between them are young women playing tambourines.
Praise God, all you people of Israel;
praise the Lord, the source of Israel’s life.
Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way.
Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali.