The words we sing contribute to the faith that is forged in us. The power that our corporate songs of faith possess pours into us, helping to mold us as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. They encourage us to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
—Constance Cherry, The Music Architect, 99
This [a collection of songs for children] was the text-book in which . . . I received my first theological instruction in a form appropriate to my then immaturity.
—Karl Barth, Church Dynamics
All the “new songs” in heaven are about old things.
—John Piper, Psalms series #5
Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology.
—J. I. Packer
God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song. It is the song that the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the “song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Rev. 15:3) It is the song of the heavenly fellowship.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
Let me suggest that every group brings its own voice, but no group brings the official voice. One Voice sings above them all, and this Voice sings in all their voices, excluding none. His singular voice is distributed among a plurality of people. Just because there are so many dimensions to His own being, the multiplicity of their voices amplifies His song.
—Reggie Kidd, With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship, 145