Recently, I read a blog posting entitled: Top 5 Worst Worship Songs (Click to read it).
I believe there are bad sounding, theologically empty & unheartfelt worship songs. But, I also feel that there are love songs to God devoted from the writer's heart. And, if they are not theologically correct or poorly written who cares if its written from a heart devoted to God.
I have no problem if you have a legitimate critique of a song theologically or musically if you think it deserves such scrutiny. But this should be done with a heart and attitude of love.
I believe the person who posted this blog and some of the people who commented on their blog posting in agreement were being a little hard hearted and legalistic. It, also appears they were trying to be cute and flippant, but in bad taste. I think they also reduced worship down to music and not a heart of worship lifestyle.
Here was my response:
Most of these comments got it all wrong. Worship is not the music, but its a lifestyle of devotion to God.
I love the 'heart of worship' song, because in life, I miss having the heart of worship quite a bit. I get it wrong and need to get back to the heart of worship. This song breaks my heart every time and redirects me back to a heart of worship in my life.
From time to time, I, like you guys and most Christians reduce worship to a 15 to 30 minute music set once a week at church. And that is irreverent, not bad lyrics. God looks at the heart, not the quality of the sound. The question does it bring the hearts of the listener to God that causes change in the person's life.
Also, constructive criticism is fine as long as it is done out of love and not out of a critical spirit or just trying to be a smart ass.
P.S. The 'Heart of Worship' song explains whats wrong with all our lives, because we routinely make it about everything but Him, even in our work of the ministry. This song reminds us to come back to the true heart of worship.
The 'Heart of Worship' says everything I said in my last post, and I wasn't even reading the lyrics when I wrote it. lol
The song says it all:
1.(WHEN ALL THE HYPE IS GONE AND I SIMPLY COME TO HIM)
"When the music fades and all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart"
2.(IT IS ABOUT A DEVOTED LIFE, NOT THE SONG STYLE, GENRE OR QUALITY - YOU COULD SING OFF KEY OR SUCK MUSICALLY - GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART)
"I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart"
3.(WHEN I/WE GET MY/OUR FOCUS OFF JESUS AND WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO HIM, THEN WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK - AND IF ANYBODY SAYS THEY DON'T GET OFF TRACK THEY ARE LYING OR ARE OFF TRACK)
"I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the things I've made it
When it's all about You
All about You, Jesus"
4.(WHEN WE REALIGN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS IT BRINGS US BACK TO JESUS AND HIS ULTIMATE WORTH)
"King of endless worth, no one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor, all I have is Yours
Every single breath"
This song passes all the tests of being a solid song that brings us to repentance and gives God the glory.