I remember a few short years ago when the contemporary worship wave hit the church, the big thrill was that we actually got to sing TO God (vertical) instead of singing ABOUT God (horizontal). I worked at one church where the worship leader enthusiastically threw out all the horizontal songs. It’s the pendulum swing effect – too much of one good thing means dumping it in favor of too much of another good thing. Why not have both?
Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition writes about this, citing Ephesians 5:18-19 that we are to be “filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Continue reading.