One of the hallmarks of Christian worship is congregational singing. Praise the Lord! Loudly! The Psalms urge us repeatedly.
Sometimes we do this well. Sometimes we don't. Here is a good thought-jogger and why you might not always sing as loudly as you should. I'm aware of these things and am always trying to do a better job of enhancing the singing at NRBC. Help me out, and give it your best shot as well.
At other times, we need quiet music for reflection, prayer, and meditation. In those times, work hard to give yourself to true prayer, quietly calling on God for help, confessing your sins or your agreement with some statement of historic doctrinal truth.
Some styles of music do a better job of reflecting God's transcendence in order to help humble ourselves before His majestic "otherness." Other styles do a better job of reminding us of his immanence, that he is Immanuel, God with us. He humbled himself to be with us and lifts us up to heights of inexpressible joy. We have no desire to be flashy or dull, to capitulate to pop culture or to live in a bored nostalgia of the past. We simply want to faithfully represent and understand God in all of his fullness.
It's impossible to do this perfectly, but we can do it better, and we can do it well. God's grace is sufficient for this. Jesus' death and resurrection give eternal meaning to our meek and paltry offerings. That is reason for both quiet reflection and exuberant joy!
So, this Sunday, when we worship in song, give yourself both to quiet consideration and joyful praise as is appropriate.
All for the glory of God!