I’ve been working my way through The Pastor’s Book, and I am currently in the section addressing music. In the chapter ‘Hymns and Songs,’ Douglas Sean O’Donnell offers four principles for the selection of lyrics. I found them very helpful, and so I am passing them along:
- Our lyrics should reflect God’s lyrics
- Our lyrics should edify others and exalt God
- Our lyrics should raise religious affections, not ridiculous emotionalism
- Our lyrics should be theologically comprehensive and balanced
From R Kent Hughes, The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry, published by Crossway.