From his “Directions for Singing” found in the Methodist Hymnal, prolific circuit riding preacher John Wesley, in regards to singing praise to our Father, advises to “join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you.”
His directions are to “sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing half dead, or half asleep: but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.”
John Wesley encourages, “Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your Heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”
Things have changed since John Wesley’s day, but you get the idea, right?
Be encouraged. friends, and let’s get out there and praise our Father!