After discussing our moral diet that comes from both secular music and other media such as televison, we are left with an important question.
What do we want our souls to feast on?
The easy answer to this question, is the Word of God. The Bible. 66 books of history, poetry, prophecy, teaching and inspiration, written as a love letter to humanity by God through his people.
But as musicians, worship leaders and songwriters, we need to take this responsibility seriously.
If we agree that society is left void of moral standards and that music and media plays a large part in filling this void with a corrupt conterfeit of standards that only serves to further degrade our code of living, then we need to choose the correct response.
As a songwriter I have been challenged to fill my lyrics with more scripture, and less ‘experience’. While every song has a story behind it, the conclusion and focal point of the songs we sing has to be ‘what does the bible say about this theme’?
I remember many songs that were around in the church in the 90’s that were filled with ‘la la la’ choruses, or filled with casual, shallow words that danced around themes that did not directly engage with scripture. Yes they were fun or catchy, and no doubt we worshiped God with them, and no doubt God was blessed and his gracious nature responded by blessing us – but there has to be something more; something deeper. Worship leader Matt Redman said:“Worship songs can’t just be rooted in culture – they won’t be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture.”
When leading worship, I have noticed both in the natural and in the supernatural that there is a different paradigm we enter when we sing scripture back to God, when verses from the Bible are interwoven into the fabric of our songs, when the words of Gods love letter to us become engrained into our memories in song, and engage with the core of our beings.
If a preacher gives the sermon of his life, the average person will not even remember a single quote from it a week later. But set that sermon to music and the melody and words are suddenly transformed into a living entity that dances around our heart, soul and mind even months or years later.
So many times I have seen worship leaders choose songs for their set simply because they like the melody, rhythm or style, but have not concerned themselves particularly with the lyrical content of the song. As Matt Redman said, they simply won’t be deep enough.
And there sits our responsibility – to write songs out of scripture; as worship leaders choose songs that are scriptural. This has to be a conscious decision; a decision made with our heads as well as our hearts.
It is a common held thought that the root of most peoples theological understanding, is grounded in the songs that they sing at church.
Wow – just think read that previous sentence again. What a responsibility we have.
So this little blog series started with Taylor Swift who said:
“The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.”
As musicians, worship leaders and song writers, what generation are we raising in church through the songs we sing. Make your words count!
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