Singing praises is an indispensable part of worship. It is not entertainment. In past ages, where State Churches were predominant, much of church music was sung by trained professional musicians, and participation by the congregation in singing was limited. Churches other than those of the State were under heavy persecution, and were not in any position to further the development of church music. After the reformation, “congressional hymns” where the congregation sings during worship services gradually became more commonplace, and nowadays, church worship often includes both.
However, this differentiation already existed under King David of Israel, almost 3,000 years ago. He was known as a skilled musicians, and wrote a great deal of the book of Psalms. Among his treasury of worship music, there is a great deal that was specifically to be sung and played by special musicians.
We may enjoy listening to professional singers, but much of that music is too difficult for us to sing. So at our church, we periodically study and practice singing congregational hymns. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in participating.
But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalms 22:3)
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. (Psalms 147:1）
… speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)