“… we should use our vocal chords as we sing praises to the Lord. He wants His creation to praise Him, not our creation.” —J.C. Choate, How to Begin the Church…, p. 63
If your congregation can’t sing well, then sing a little less, and make prayer a greater part of your meetings. Some people may never learn to carry a tune. All of us can learn to pray better and more.
In Brazil, many saints have picked up a bad habit, borrowed from religious neighbors, calling songs “praise.” But not every song is praise, and not all praise is song. It ignores the teaching and edifying nature of many songs, Eph 5.15-21; Col 3.15-17.
Singing is not to produce our joy, but to express it. “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praises” Jas 5.13. The emotion produced by music will quickly pass.