Colossians 3:16 seems to carry the implication that we can communicate to one another in the Body of Christ, even through songs.
We like to call these “Songs of Community”. They would include songs of testimony, encouragement and declarations about God. These are horizontal in nature, in that they are sung to others. God is referred to in the third person singular – that is, “He”, “Him”, “His”.
It is recommended that these songs be used early on in a worship set, followed by the vertical expressions of praise and worship to God himself. If a worship leader uses a horizontal song, then a vertical song, then a horizontal, it is quite confusing to the human psyche. What usually happens is that people end up using body language during horizontal songs that are appropriate for vertical songs, such as closing eyes and lifting hands. Once they close their eyes for a song, you have lost them for the rest of the set. They will maintain that posture, even if the next song is horizontal.
The most ideal situation for Songs of Community is to encourage eye contact between people, in whatever way you can accomplish this. People may giggle and feel uncomfortable at first, but the power of these songs is lost if we don’t emotionally connect with one another. It will feel like an uphill climb, but do your best to empower them to do this. The next best plan is to eliminate Songs of Community altogether and keep to the vertical songs only. We appreciate your Comments