Praise and worship music has a "shelf life" so to speak. Styles come and go. What sounds current and new one year can sound very dated the next. It's been awhile since we've sung this beautiful setting of Psalm 57, but maybe we should bring it back out.
While I'm thinking about it - and this is definitely side note - churches who only sing music by a small number of writers and only things written in the last decade are missing out on a wealth of wonderful music. How sad to think that there are many in today's churches who will never have these wonderful texts found in great songs from the past in their hearts:
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
It Is Well with My Soul
Or won't know the grandeur of singing these great hymns:
Holy, Holy, Holy
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
But it is also sad that some churches cling so tightly to the past that their people don't have the opportunity to sing fantastic songs of faith like:
All to Us
Hmmmmm.... it wasn't my intent as I began posting today about Psalm 57 to write about music in the church. but since I've started I'll finish up with this.
I'm so thankful to be a part of a church that appreciates music of all styles, all not just decades, but centuries! We've talked about how blessed we are that the "worship wars" are something we put aside years ago. It's part of living out Philippians 2
Because we love each other and look out for each others' interests we sing music that every generation will enjoy. Ha! And it ends up we've found that we like it all!