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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.63)

Remember

Remember, we hymn lovers and hymn leaders are part of a Body with many members. We are

not an isolated entity pursuing our own ends. We must always think and work as one small

member of the Body, with Christ as the head.

Remember, God isn’t fundamentally interested in songs, styles, pleasing sounds, emotional

thrills, applause, or any of the other human commodities that so preoccupy us musicians. God is

interested in people. As His servant, love people. Minister to people. Draw people to Him.

Remember, when a hymn is sung, the hymn is not the focus—not for the pastor, the worship

leader, or the congregation—and certainly not for God. God’s Word is the focus. The response

of His people is the focus. The hymn is simply a vessel that must stay out of the way. It should

never intrude or distract.

If God is speaking, the hymn should present His Word with the clarity and power it deserves. If

God’s people are responding to Him, the hymn should voice their response with all the energy

and honesty that God’s living presence demands. A hymn should never drain off attention for

itself.

And finally, remember that much of your ministry will be helping people remember. Help us

remember what we must never forget. Most of us in the Church already know the vital truths

that lead to a fulfilling life in Christ. But in the press of daily obligations and competing priorities,

we desperately need to be reminded—regularly, clearly, compassionately, firmly reminded.

Through hymns, help us remember that God is our Father. Draw us back to faith, worship,

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