Character And Content In The Song Of Praise

“I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” – Psalm 9:2b We live in a time where the so-called praise song is a prominent part of the evangelical church worship service. How are we to assess such songs? What criteria should we use to determine...

Sacred Songs For Sacred Occasions

“The trumpeters and the singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures...

Singing A ‘New Song’

“Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 As the Canto Deo Chamber and Festival Choirs prepare the majestic Cantate Domino by John Rutter for the Jubilate Deo Spring Concert, I think it may be helpful to reflect briefly on the...

Ephesians Song

In Ephesians 5:19, 20 we read, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In...

A Song Of God’s Rescue

“Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.” – Jeremiah 20:13 (NIV) How shall we sing when we are alone, mistreated, maligned, scorned, and abused? What kind of song shall we embrace when...

The Hallelujah Hymn: A Devotional For Canto Deo

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God . . . “– Rev. 19:1 Of all the books of the Bible which convey a theology of song, including the Psalter, it is perhaps the book of Revelation which reveals most vividly the affirmations and...

Song At A Royal Wedding – Psalm 45

“Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” – Psalm 45:6 From the poetry and imagery of this psalm, there can be little doubt that it was a song composed for a royal wedding. The...

The Song Of Lament: A Devotional For Canto Deo

“Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you: . . .” Amos 5:1 (NIV) As we continue our Lenten pilgrimage and focus on the passion of Christ, I want to call our attention to a genre of song in the scripture known as the lament....