watts_i_3“[Isaac Watts]…wasn’t a musician. He never wrote melodies for his hymns, instead penning them in meter that could be sung over a variety of tunes (the practice of many hymn writers in his day.) His work as a hymn writer flowed from his calling as a pastor and theologian. In our age of celebrity worship leaders and pastors, we can be reminded that Watts was concerned first and foremost with shepherding and encouraging his flock. People don’t need a rock star who can wow them with talent; they need a pastor who can help them sing, discerningly choose songs, and craft a culture of worship that effectively promotes the spiritual health of the congregation.”

-Mike Cosper, Rhythms Of Grace (Crossway, 2013.) link


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