Why is singing a prescribed element of worship?

Discussion in 'A capella Exclusive Psalmody' started by koenig, Aug 7, 2017.

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  1. koenig

    koenig Puritan Board Freshman

    The usual texts in question for the subject of EP are, of course, Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. However, in both cases, the surrounding encouragements are directives for daily life, not elements of corporate worship. (Obviously the attitudes described should be present in worship, but not only in worship.)

    This is easily understood as an encouragement to sing as part of our daily life out of thankfulness. But how do we know that singing is supposed to be an element of Lord's Day worship?

    (In other words, my inclination would be not to add manmade songs and instruments to Lord's Day worship, but to question why we sing any songs in it.)
  2. Cymro

    Cymro Puritan Board Junior

    Because it was the practice of the OT church, and also the practice of our Lord when he instituted the first worship service in the NT church, in the upper room. Where there was a teaching sermon, the high Priestly prayer, the Lord's supper, and the singing of a Psalm.
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