Across the world today, Christians gathered together to worship God. From the cathedrals of New York to the underground churches of China, songs were sung to the glory of God. Stylistically and musically, the songs were probably all over the map, too. Some were sung acapella, some with a massive pipe organ. In my church, we have what I reckon would be termed “contemporary” worship. By that I mean we have drums, guitars, microphones…all the stuff my grandfather probably wouldn’t have liked too much.
Which brings me to my post title. I’ve been involved in the music of the church since I was a kid. I’ve been part and parcel to the “worship wars” as they’ve come to be known. I’ve heard the arguments for and against contemporary worship (that rock and roll is of the DEBIL!!!), and I’ve heard the arguments for and against hymns (they’re just old bar songs with new lyrics, or we’re doing a “new” thing). I’ve heard the cries from people that evidently think Psalm 150 was not inspired by the Holy Spirit, and I’ve head people complain that, if you don’t have it loud, God ain’t proud.
It’s hard, you see, to get people to agree on this subject.
That’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved my church. We’re not stuck in the past, yet we’ve not forgotten it either. We remember where we’ve been, yet we’re not content to stay there. Today, for example, we sang 5 songs. While most of them were new, we sang the old camp meeting standard “Power in the Blood.” The arrangement was a bit more up-to-date than what I grew up with (thank the Lord!), but the beauty of it is this: the lyrics, the melody never changes. Truth is truth. Praise is Praise. If a song from 1850 glorifies God, sing it. If a song from 2010 lifts high the name of Jesus, sing it! If they don’t, DON’T!
As we sang “Power in the Blood” today, in my mind I was taken back to church on Sunday nights when I was a kid. I remember the beat, the energy, the music…but most of all, I remember the faces of the saints singing that song. I remember the incredible joy in their eyes as they sang “Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood! Power in the blood!” And when I opened my eyes today, I saw that same joy on the saints in 2010.
That’s worship. Remembering what God has done for us, and thanking Him for it. No matter your preference of music, no matter the age of the song, if it’s true, sing it with all your might, and give glory to Whom glory is due!
Now, click on the link and enjoy this video. And watch out for Carl.