Read this article about ‘Singing’ from the Sola Panel. I appreciate the insight on this question that I have been wondering about, why are people not singing? I think the Christians around me used to sing more. Although I’m not sure if it is Joy (of our salvation) that is the motivation for the singing back then. There are some Christians in some circles that seem to be singing, but in the article, it’s rightly noted that it is more Music than it is Singing. (And perhaps Emotionalism?) Below is a quote from the article.
Why is it then that our culture—and I mean modern Western culture—doesn’t sing? And why is it that singing is also struggling in our churches (as opposed to ‘music’, which is taking over our churches)?
I can only conclude it is because we are sad.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 (ESV)