hymns are not better than new worship songs

2 12 2009

Have you ever wondered why people argue that hymns are better than modern worship songs?

When people say they have better lyrics it seems to make sense.

Here are lyrics to “How Great Thou Art”:

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

No set of lyrics are perfect, but these are good lyrics.

But here is the real challenge: How many hymns do you know?

We go through less hymns than we do modern songs. When I think back to being a kid I still know more modern songs than old hymns.

So, are hymns better? No.

The reason people think they are better is because they have stood the test of time. Good lyrics are what is  key to a song standing the test of time.

The good ones keep being sung, while the old ones fade away. Have you ever looked at a hymnal? Those things are huge and we usually only sing a few dozen at most, and a dozen of those are Christmas songs.

This is the point if someone ever argues that hymns are better: hymns we sing are good because they have stood the test of time. Truth endures.

We are actively going through the sifting process. It takes many years to define a song as a classic.

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