Maybe, even though Wesley never heard Carter’s hymn, that Wesley’s Rule Number Seven applies here. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing God more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing. See to it that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offer what you sing to God continually, so that your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.
In other words, music is not about the music. Singing is not about the singing. Music and singing in church is all about worshiping God. Music in church never has been, never will be about us. It’s about God. The words, the tune, the notes, the singing, the participation, the harmony. It’s about God. No matter what the song, the style, or if we like (or don’t like) the song.
Because above all, we need to sing spiritually. After all, we are “Standing on the promises that cannot fall.”
Verna Davis, author and speaker, lives in Frankton. She can be reached at Vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.