Some excellent advice for writers of worship songs


To Christ the Lord let every tongue
Its noblest tribute bring
When He’s the subject of the song
Who can refuse to sing?
Survey the beauties of His face
And on His glories dwell
Think of the wonder of His grace
And all His triumphs tell

These words were written by Sammuel Stennet in the 18th Century. In fact they were the original first part of the hymn we know today as 'Majestic Sweetness sits enthroned' (if anyone still has a Redemption Hymnal, it's No. 191).

Even though the words are 200 years old, Stennet's advice is just as true today. Our worship should focus on the person and work of Christ - HIS glory, HIS grace, and HIS triumphs.
'When HE's the subject of the song, who can refuse to sing?'

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