(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.