Friday, September 16, 2005

off the wagon...


So I’m going up to camp like I have for years now. I’m going to lead worship. I’d sworn off that stuff for a long time but I can’t help myself. I’m really tired of ‘worship’ music. I don’t like that I’m tired of it but it’s the truth. I really want Here I am to Worship to connect with my soul. But more and more now almost any kind of worship song leaves me feeling like I’m chewing on dry crackers. Don’t get me wrong I love playing and singing. I just have very little intestinal fortitude for the pretentiousness of it all. I’ve heard people refer to music like lubrication making it easier for ‘the people’ to receive the word. That in itself seems so contrived. And this notion that there is a special connection with God when we sing may very well be true but not in all cases or for all people – but if that becomes the aim – this connection – boy I miss it a lot. Yeah and I bet you are going to say well that’s easy you are not sincere enough or you are closed to the spirit etc etc etc. And I’ll say thanks for the judgment! And there really are so few songs that so beyond God is great and help me God. So yeah there you go! Probably amounts to a crappy attitude and maybe I just need to turn my rebellious heart around. You know what’s weird though is that my faith and discovery of truth has grown exponentially when I’ve tried to stay away from the worship stuff. But that’s just me.
So here I go I’m packing my guitar (and my capo) as we speak…
out

6 comments:

Freezer said...

Lots to think about - how about writing some good stuff yourself.

Incoming... said...

hmmm yeah maybe but then you gotta get people to listen to it and then sing it and i think that's where the problems start...

Clinton said...

It seems that an awful lot of 'contemporary' worship songs are nothing more than 'Jesus you're my boyfriend' songs. I can't imagine how that honours The Almighty. Too often we miss the boat entirely when it comes to worship. It's not a few songs plugged into our Sabbath liturgy, it's a lifestyle. If our lives don't worship God it's hard to imagine that a few songs sung on Sunday morning will.

That being said, Patrick beat me to the punch. I was going to suggest you put pen to paper and give us something meaningful in the way of musical worship.

roverT said...

What about learning to like chewing on dry crackers...add some cheese that always helps.

roverT said...

I agree there are so few worship songs that actually bring me to the point of worship. What we need are more songs that challenge us to make commitments in our lives. But then I hate getting people to sing those songs if they aren't going to mean it...what's the point of that?

What sort of songs do you like to sing and play...oh wait I think I hear something...what's that..."step inside, walk this way, you and me babe hey, hey, pour some sugar on me, in the name of love." Now that's music with heart!

Incoming... said...

rovert you are sticky sweet from your down to your feet
i knew i missed you for a reason
maybe someday we'll sing Vanhalen on Sunday morning but till then...
out