The Holy Spirit must authorise our worship as well as enable us to offer it by Him. Where does the Holy Spirit provide this direction? In the infallible Word that He has inspired which is completely sufficient for all matters of faith and life. Sadly, the worship of God is often shaped by personal taste, fashions and what makes people feel most comfortable.
The songs that the Holy Spirit commands us to sing in God’s praise are those He Himself has provided for us in Scripture. He commands us to sing Psalms (Psalm 105:2; James 5:13). These are His songs (1 Chronicles 25:7; 2 Chronicles 29:27; Psalm 137:4). We have no command in God’s Word to offer anything else to Him in praise. This leaflet explains these principles further. It is extracted and updated from a book written by Thomas Ford, who was a member of the Westminster Assembly.