So we held a little contest in last months newsletter and I’m happy to congratulate Bruce on his winning entry. Here was the question “which dp song is your favorite and why?” Here was Bruce’s reply:
So this got me thinking. First off, i’m hugely thankful that the music that I’ve created allows Bruce and a lot of others to actually engage deeper in worship but as i thought about this sentence “it shows the multi-faceted sides of the Lord” it got me thinking about modern worship music, classic hymns and secular music.
First question. How do you worship, what do you worship to? I wrote a post a few months back about worshiping to the songs of Bruce Springsteen from his latest album “wrecking ball”. (go buy it if you haven’t yet). There’s a large debate in the christian community about whether or not contemporary worship is real worship music and whether the classic hymns should be the “true” worship songs. this debate has been going on for years, probably decades. so many of us get so caught up in the style of worship that we forget why we’re worshiping.
Second question. Why are we worshiping?
We worship to be drawn closer to our God, to be drawn closer into His presence so that we can commune with Him in a way that is not possible through any other form of worship. Musical worship is spoken about countless times in the bible, open up any Psalm and you’re bound to hear David rambling on about harps, flutes, lyres and other musical instruments of the day. It’s not the type of music that the issue, it’s how and why you worship. Why? Because the multi-faceted sides of the Lord make me long for deeper walks with Him daily.
I’ll never know Him, truly know Him and that’s a good thing. That’s what keeps me so very interested in finding new ways to worship Him. New ways to express my desire to be closer to Him. Do I stumble? Daily. Do I fall and get back up again? Daily. But i worship a God who forgives, who loves me for who i am and who cares so much about me. He’s a jealous God, someone who wants me all then time. I push Him away, but He keeps coming back because He’s a God that doesn’t give up. A God that won’t give up on us.
There are so many sides of God that i can’t even begin to explain….and the beauty of it all is that each one of us sees so many different sides of Him. That’s what makes it so cool. We hear a song that really a connects with us and it’s literally God speaking to us and using that song to talk to us. To tell us something.
So rather than debate if one song is better than another. If this hymn is more “worshipful” than what’s on the radio today. I’d rather look for the multi-faceted sides of the Lord in everything that I see and hear.
Do this. Do it daily. Search your daily routine for places, faces, sounds, songs and words that God is using to connect with you. They are there, we just need to be aware of them. To be aware of the sides of God that we’re not used to seeing.
Praying that your week is eye-opening.