(The following is a repost from my now-defunct blog, “Pagan Mysticism”.)
Devotional song is a common technique throughout religious history to express devotional love for God.
Some of the Psalms are thought to go back over 3000 years. They are still sung daily in Christian monasteries. There are probably devotional songs or poems that go back even further than that from other religions. The Rig Veda is even older and it contains pieces that could be seen as devotional songs.
I’d like to talk to you a bit about devotional music in world religion giving examples and then you can see how it can be applied to Pagan worship.
(For those reading my work for the first time, a recurring theme in my writing is to explore how devotion is expressed in other religions. Then, a polytheist can retool these methods or approaches to be used for polytheism. No, this is not ancient polytheism. Instead, I choose to focus on modern expressions of devotion in religions throughout the world. There are plenty of others who painstakingly reconstruct ancient polytheistic religions. I think that’s wonderful but obviously choose a different approach.)