The Christian who looks upon the singing of praises to God in the local church as a chore is missing the true value of these praises. A large crowd definitely sounds great to hear, but even a small crowd of two, such as Paul and Silas can sing praises to God in worship (Acts 16:25-34).
Careful consideration of the songs chosen and the words involved is a must for any song leader as he prepares the group of songs to be used in any particular worship service. It is a good thing to correlate such songs with the subject of the sermon about to be preached.
When we raise our voices in spiritual song with other brethren, regardless of lack of musical ability, God is pleased. Christ said that I must “worship God in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). This is the only condition for all worship to be acceptable.
Paul writes to the brethren at Colosse to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col. 3:16). The unmistakeable riches of this truth are found in the closeness one has with God. Paul taught the Ephesians to “Speak… to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:19). It can never be minimized that singing praises to God was done without the use of instrumental accompaniment. Music was made in the heart and singing was made with the voice.
Paul also instructed Christians to sing with the spirit and understanding also (1 Cor 14:15). We must know what we are singing and fully understand the meaning of each song we sing to one another. and not just mouth off the words. Brethren, let us sing the praises to God out of conviction and love, and to the best of our abilities. However, let us also purpose in our hearts to understand what we sing and live out these encouragements and admonitions. This is acceptable praise unto God!