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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.53)

Sing of the Living Christ

I thank God for praise and worship songs. For millions of worshipers, these songs focus our

minds on God and His greatness. They give us a new vision of Him. They encourage us to

respond to Him in faith.

The praise and worship movement has been the work of the Spirit of God. Praise to Him for His

faithfulness in drawing people to Himself!

I also love the old hymns. Charles Wesley has taught me more and stirred me more profoundly

than any other hymn writer.

And I love the new hymns. For decades I have studied, sung, and enjoyed the work of Fred

Kaan, Brian Wren, Fred Pratt Green, Timothy Dudley-Smith, and others.

But still, sitting amid the wealth of all this great hymnody, so much remains unsaid and unsung

about the Living Christ. We have not yet expressed His full reality, and the human spirit cannot

be satisfied with any less. Our songs about Him will always be incomplete. They will forever be

a work in progress. Believers are too varied in personality and culture. God is too great and too

far beyond all boundaries and descriptions. His purposes are as broad as human need and as

rich as His own life. He is determined to permeate every aspect of human existence, now and

forever. Thus He cannot be captured by any song or any one body of songs. Every new

movement within the Church makes its contributions but inevitably falls short of fully expressing

God’s glory, His magnificent love, and the wonderful possibilities of simple faith.

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