Rethinking the Words of Worship
You scratch your head, you look around, and you ask your friend, "Wait, what did he just sing?" You just heard a theological lapse from the mouth of the well-intentioned worship leader. Somewhere in the middle of that epic bridge he declared, "Thank You, Father, for dying on the cross for my sins." Wait, shouldn't he have said the Son? You stare straight ahead trying to remember if you overslept the morning the church leaders voted to change the church's position on the Godhead.
We've all experienced this to some degree in that dimly lit sanctuary-surrounded by outstretched arms, eyes closed tight, and voices lifted in song. Perhaps our faux pas included something other than an absent-minded misrepresentation of the Trinity: maybe we came just shy of Will Ferrell's dinner table prayer in Talladega Nights when he praised that sweet little baby boy in a golden manger up there in heaven. We must realize our worship leaders teach us as much about God and our relationship with Him as our preachers do. The only difference-worship leaders use songs, words and prayers.
The words we sing unite our hearts, our minds, and our congregations in the vertical and visceral act of worship. Songs and Scripture serve as vehicles to the throne of the Almighty. Worship leaders have the task of pointing people in the right direction. One of my seminary professors asked, "If a Muslim, Buddhist or Mormon attended your worship service, could they sing the same songs we do about Jesus? Is our worship distinctly Christian?"
For full article, click here.