by Darla Noble
Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD! Bless his name! Proclaim his salvation from day to day! Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.
One of the biggest problems facing our churches today is something happening within the church itself—a battle, of sorts, between the people who call themselves Christians. The problem is this: Music.
Should a worship service consist of older hymns, the newer praise songs complete with a band of performers on stage, or a blend of both? Should people be required to ‘try out’ to help lead worship or should they be able to do so whether they can play an instrument or have a stage-quality voice or not? Should the organ be banished to the basement in exchange for a high-tech sound system, lights, and graphics?
When we make the worship service about ourselves and about performing over simply presenting praise to God, we are displeasing God and we certainly aren’t declaring His glory. We are declaring ours. Don’t let this happen to you when it comes to singing your praises to God. Don’t be so caught up in the way you worship that you forget why and who you are worshipping.
Do this: Read the words of some of the old hymns (from a songbook or online). Let the message speak to your heart.