Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING

Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial. 

Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He demonstrated that a range of emotion is healthy when wisely and properly used. Songs are thus important in tone. Songs and sounds are as important in discipling and shaping our affections as they are in shaping our beliefs.  

Learn how God explores emotions in the Psalms: Laments [1] (songs of sorrow, questioning and doubt), Penitential [2] (songs of confessing) and Imprecatory (songs praying for judgment and calamity upon our enemies) [3], Thanksgiving (Todah) Psalms [4], Salvation History (songs about our story) [5], Songs of Trust [6], Hymns and Doxology (songs responding directly to deep truth) [7], Liturgical Covenant Songs [8], Royal (Kingly) Enthronement Psalms [9], Songs of Zion (Kingdom) [10], Temple Liturgies [11], Wisdom [12] and Torah Psalms (Law and Word) [13].

[1] Community: Psalm 12, 44, 58, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 85, 89, 90, 94, 123, 126, 129.
Individual: Psalm 3, 4, 5, 7, 9-10, 13, 14, 17, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 36, 39, 40:12-17, 41, 42-43, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 64, 70, 71, 77, 86, 89, 120, 139, 141, 142.

[2] Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143.

[3] Psalm 35, 69, 83, 88, 109, 137, 140.

[4] Community: Psalm 65, 67, 75, 107, 124, 136.

Individual: Psalm 18, 21, 30, 32, 34, 40:1-11, 66:13-20, 92, 108, 116, 118, 138.

[5] Psalm 8, 105-106, 135, 136.

[6] Psalm 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 63, 91, 121, 125, 131.

[7] Psalm 8, 19:1-6, 33, 66:1-12, 67, 95, 100, 103, 104, 111, 113, 114, 117, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150.

[8] Psalm 50, 78, 81, 89, 132.

[9] Psalm 2, 18, 20, 21, 29, 45, 47, 72, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 101, 110, 144.

[10] Psalm 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122.

[11] Psalm 15, 24, 68, 82, 95, 115, 134.

[12] Psalm 1, 36, 37, 49, 73, 112, 127, 128, 133.

[13] Psalm 1, 19:7-14, 119.

*For further reading in the Bible: Psalm 12; Psalm 6; Psalm 69; Psalm 65; Psalm 144; Psalm 111

Learn how to share God’s story through song in a more total, textual, tonal and targeted way in this 6-Day Study, and at The Garden City Project.  Accompanying this study is over 300-Hours of video footage from 150 of today’s top Christian thinkers on culture, creativity, innovation, and invention at www.makejesusculture.com.

Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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