The singers are “in front.” The most important thing is that we be spiritual:
“Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. In front are the singers, after them, the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines. Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.”
The command to sing is for everyone. We are the leaders of the congregation in this command. Just as the evangelist leads the charge evangelistically, we are to lead the congregation in praise and worship and obedience to his.
Sing with your “mind,” not just your spirit:
1 Corinthians 14:14-16
“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”
We canʼt just “go through the motions” of singing the songs or even worse be focused on our performance or what people are thinking of us. We need to think about what the words are saying in the songs we sing.
Do it for the Lord!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Since it is for the Lord, it needs to be excellent. It needs to be powerful! It needs to be about “giving thanks to God.”