I sometimes feel that some people believe an argument from scripture is more likely to be true if the result is, well, ugly. Within the reformed tradition, this approach seems to find particular resonance in discussions of worship. We know that God desires true worshippers, those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. But I feel some are biased toward reading spirit and truth as antithetical to beauty.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. [emphasis mine]
Did you catch that? Play skillfully, sing new songs… make beautiful music. Why? “For the word of the LORD is right and true.” Our aesthetic in worship (and it is to be a pleasant one) is in response to God’s truth. When we worship in spirit and truth, it will not result in a poverty of beauty, but a wealth of it.