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HYMNS FOR HIM 

 THEN

 

Hymns For Him is a movement born out of the ministry of

noted gospel music composer, V. Michael McKay in 2002 in an

effort to preserve hymns, educate the music community about their

importance, as well as keep them alive in the worship experience. 

Since that time, McKay expresses the spiritual growth experienced in his

life through the declaration that he “once was” but “now is.” He parallels

his personal change to a change in the sound of music in the church, a

change that has moved away from the expression of hymns as

congregational music. However, what has not changed is the need for

hymns in our worship experiences…hymns that are essential

to authentic, God-centered worship…hymns that are powerful in their

context and expression…hymns that take us into the presence of God.  

The power of God is never separate from the presence of God;

and the presence of God is an introduction to the power of God.

What are we without God's power?

The fifth chapter of Matthew calls the followers of Christ the salt of

the earth, metaphorically referring to salt’s preservative properties.

McKay, likewise, is committed to preserving hymns through purposefully

passing the torch of their sustainability to the next generation.

 

NOW 

With hymns being one of the three categorizations of sacred music

referred to in Ephesians chapter five, their importance is sanctioned in

the eternal Word of God. The resulting commission then becomes,  

because the alternative is non-biblical, “How shall we sing and

preserve the language of who He is through hymns?” The language,

then, of today’s hymn should be in keeping with the worth-ship of God,

and meaningful for the contemporary Christian. However, it is

essential that God remains the focus of the text of the hymn.

 

Today's hymns should be written in our own language, and the music

should complement the text, creating a holy matrimony between words

and music. While setting the music to the words, the writer of the hymn

should always keep in mind the fact that hymns are primarily designed

to be sung to God in public worship by the congregants as opposed to

being sung as prepared music presented exclusively by a choir

of rehearsed singers. While either is appropriate, the former is the goal. 

Perhaps, ultimately, a hymn should follow a format or definition that clearly

identifies it with its description, and separates it from other styles,

but most importantly, that glorifies the God of whom it sings and edifies

the believer to whom it encourages. 

Our Definition of a Hymn 

A hymn is a formal, God-centered song, doctrinal in content, rooted in

 God’s Word, theologically sound, speaking of God’s deity, displaying

precision, poetic technique and reverent expression, turning the heart

upward, typically arranged in verse-chorus form, and sung to God in

public worship by the entire congregation.