Hymnals are an important and beloved part of the Christian tradition during worship service.
Many hymnals sung in churches were written centuries ago, but the lyrics are just as relevant today.
However, God raises up talented, creative and anointed psalmists for every generation. Yes, there’s plenty of meaningless, forgetful music out there intended to appeal to the senses and not the spirit, but there’s also tons of Christian songwriters and musicians who focus on honoring the scriptures with their music.
They write powerful, scriptural lyrics that live in specific genres to connect with believers all over the world.
Just as much as these ‘new hymnals’ are contemporary, those old songs were once ‘new school’ too.
The truth is, that as powerful and meaningful that, “Yield Not To Temptation” may be, the song and songs like it just won’t connect with some people in our generation or generations to come. However, all sincere believers have favorite spiritual songs that deliver the same message and help them connect with God.
None of the traditional songs that are so revered today (except for the Psalms) were written during ‘bible times.’ They’re spiritual but not scripture.
There are some Christians who will make you feel guilty about omitting classical hymnals during worship and using ‘bible apps’ instead of bound bibles.
They must be reminded that classical hymnals were once new, and bound bibles were ‘new technology’ after scrolls.
God DOES accept your worship as long as the songs are God-inspired and scriptural.
Traditional hymnals are a beautiful tradition, but they’re still just that…tradition NOT SCRIPTURE.
One day, the new songs written today will be Old School too.
Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another (A)in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.