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This is a personal post, it’s not being written to cause a fuss or even to start debate. It’s simply a personal post about something that’s been on my mind for a while, namely the lyrics of some very popular modern worship songs.
A while back I posted a few reasons on why I prefer using Psalms in worship compared to hymns and other worship songs.
But I do listen to hymns and to modern worship songs in my own time , in full belief that many of them are written to the glory and the praise of God, but always subordinate to the Psalms.
The only problem is that many of these immensely popular songs often have questionable lyrics. Questionable in their theology and in their tone ( not to mention the many many many many many repeating words and phrases that they so often use)
I’ll just post some of these lyrics, see for yourself what you think (the bits in bold are the parts that cause me concern) :
“I will not keep silent, I will sing out
The wonder of God and His great love
Everyday my heart is in lust for You
So I will abandon myself to You”
– Jesus Culture : I Am In Love With You
“Romance me, Oh
Lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.”
-Jesus Culture : Dance with me
“”You provide the fire
I’ll provide the sacrifice
You provide the Spirit
And I will open up inside”
Jesus Culture : Fill me up
“Show me Your glory, show me Your glory, my God
Show me Your glory, show me Your glory”
Jesus Culture: Show me your Glory
Let Your glory fall as You respond to us
Flood into our thirsty hearts again
Hillsong : You’ll Come
I’m not particularly having a go at Jesus Culture or Hillsong, the point is that whether we are publicly singing modern worship songs in Church, or if we listen to them in our own time. We must be very careful which songs we listen to, what the lyrics are really saying, are they biblical ?
We all know how hard it is to get a song unstuck from our mind, let’s just be careful to make sure that the songs that are stuck in our minds are songs which truly praise God.
And give him the glory for who he is and what he has done.