The words to a familiar song are running through my head today.
When the music fades
and all is stripped away
and I simply come…
And this one…
You can sing all you want to
and still get it wrong
worship is more than a song.
It is so important to step away from the music at times and take a look at yourself, at what worship is, and at where you’re at in your relationship with God.
Praise and worship does not always come in a lyrical form, set to the perfect melody, with the right dynamics and instrumentation
As a music person, I find that it can be easy for me to hide behind my love for music when it comes to my relationship with God and entering into His presence. Songs and music become the most important part of my personal devotional time, a church service, corporate prayer, etc.
In reality, it’s my comfort zone.
It’s an easy way for me to feel connected to God; to enter His presence without a lot of effort on my part and it’s often only a surface connection.
The question is, where are you when the music fades?
Where am I?
When all is stripped away and I’m no longer hiding behind what makes me comfortable, where am I with God?
Think of King Saul.
In the book of Samuel we read that Saul had David come play music when he was troubled. David’s music would leave Saul refreshed and the evil spirit would depart.
We usually focus on the power of music and how great it was that David would play and the evil spirit would leave.
But, when the music was gone, what was Saul left with? Was his relationship with God any better? Did he have any relief when there was no music?
On the other hand, David’s relationship with God went beyond the music, beyond the songs. It wasn’t a song that killed Goliath or the lion and bear.
Is my relationship with God more than just the lyrics I sing or the notes I play on a keyboard?
Have I become so distracted by the “importance” of the music department and the worship set and the perfect altar call song that I’m no longer focused on the real thing, the real relationship, and the real purpose behind the music?
Music is such a powerful tool, especially in worship, and it’s an invaluable part of our church services, but I think we place too much value in it at times.
While God ministers through music and music ministers to Him, God doesn’t need the music and the perfect song to touch someone’s life. He isn’t relying on the worship set to flow flawlessly in order for Him to fill the sanctuary with His presence.
Sometimes we think that the service will be a flop and God won’t be able to do a thing if we, as the music directors or worship leaders, aren’t there to make sure the music is just right.
I worry that at times we even place more value on our worship services than the preached Word of God.
Our definition of a great service is, “The preacher didn’t even get to preach!” It somehow feeds our ego a bit when we that happens. I worry that we might think that we are the key to God moving…
Don’t get me wrong; I am a worship leader, songwriter, and lover of music, but I don’t want to sing and sing and sing and still get it wrong!
There are too many people already doing that. People who sing and lead in worship and get a response, but they do not have the truth and their focus is on what they can get and feel. They want the presence of God, but not the conviction and the Word.
So, when the music fades, where do you stand? Where do I stand?