songs for the journey, songs to God

27 01 2010

There are times I feel like a worship jerk. I am driven to help the church understand worship; but in this process I have to draw a line that eliminates good songs from falling under the worship banner.

For example:

The lyrics:

Where you go I go
What you say I say
What you pray I pray

Jesus only did, What he saw you do
He would only say, What he heard you speak
He would only move, When he felt you lead
Following your heart, Following your
spirit

How could I expect to walk without you
When every move that Jesus made was in surrender
I would not begin to live without you
For you alone are worthy you are always good

You are always good
You are always good
Always good
Always good

Though the world sees and soon forgets
We will not forget
Who you are and what you’ve done for us
What you’ve done for us

You are my God

When I look at the lyrics I have to say the song isn’t a worship song. The lyrics “You are always good” and “You are my God” are the only lyrics I could consider to fall under the definition of worship, which in simple terms is giving a response to God because of who He is.

The other lyrics talk about the way Jesus lived and how the church should live in response to His example.

Nothing is wrong with the song. It’s just not a song that worships God.

This type of song is what I’d call a song for the journey on the road of God’s transformation.

Do I think like song should be sung in church? Yes, but the song itself cannot serve as a worship song.

I’ll discuss more about worship times versus worship songs next post, but I want to set a foundation leading into the next post.

Just because a song is biblical truth, does not mean it qualifies as a worship song. There is a reason for the distinction, but we’ll have to wait until the next post.

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you can sit during worship

19 01 2010

I’ve made such a deal about standing and bowing in worship that I thought it would be good to mention that it’s OK to sit.

One thing I want to make clear is that standing isn’t some magical make-God-happy move. It has to be a choice to represent respect for His presence.

There are times when I sit, so let me explain why I sit.

When I stand or bow I actually can distract myself from internalizing what is going on in worship. Because I don’t sit much, when I do I use the time to focus on the lyrics, my heart condition and how much my soul actually wants to choose to worship.

When I eventually stand it must come out of choice in my heart that says, “I want to stand for God now.”

Honestly, this post isn’t some grand idea. I’m basically saying, “Be mindful of what you are doing in worship and why you are doing it.”

It will definitely be a much better experience for God and for you.