The Case for Worship Songs

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Any song that claims to be a “praise and worship” song but does not mention the name of Jesus or magnify God, not from the Bible, and is just the emotional outburst of the songwriter is not fit to be called a praise & worship song. It is simply a song. We need the distinction. And really, if it’s just a song, there’s no issue there.

Any supposedly “worship songs” that don’t declare or magnify Jesus is worshipping something or someone else.

This is my case for worship songs.

This is a big deal for me because I have been singing since I was seven and even then, I knew that there were songs that are for God and there are songs that aren’t.

A praise and worship song is a type of song that is distinctly, uniquely & especially made for God alone – something God gave us the privilege of creating.

So let’s talk about how music works.

This is something we already know actually. Beethoven. Bach. Musicians of history and even today, all know how music works. But as far as terminilogies go these days, neurological studies have been conducted to show us how music works in our brain and concludes the effects of music in our bodies, even in our lives.

There’s a long version of all the pathways music goes to in our brains. I can just copy/paste the things I’ve read about it but plagiarism is no fun. So let me just give you the short one.

Short version: When music enters your ears, it goes through almost your entire brain – the four major lobes – does things there that includes sharing of information back & forth, analyzing data received, works on our emotions, evokes memories, commands your body to tap your feet, and works in our imagination which I’d like to think is what Beyonce claimed as “seeing music.” Yes, “seeing music” is something you and I experience when we listen to music. And yes, that has solid neurological basis, if that’s important for you to know.

So now we know that music gives our brains a picture of what we hear. Shorter version of the short version.

So worship songs…

For Christians, followers/believers of Jesus, we know that the brain is the battlefield.

So from here we see the strategy of the enemy.

If the ‘worship songs’ we are singing does not declare Jesus, does not magnify God, is not from the Word of God, or is just an emotional outburst of the songwriter, what picture exactly does that give our brains, you think?

If our mind is the battlefield, then Satan works in what you hear for you not to see the name of Jesus, the name above every name, in your brain when you sing “praise & worship songs” that do not declare Jesus.

If our mind is the battlefield, then Satan works in what you hear for you not to see the Cross of Calvary in your mind.

If our mind is the battlefield, then Satan works in what you hear to distract you and make you see something else other than Jesus.

Satan works in your brain as he whispers in your ears. And as he works in your brain, his real target is your heart. He knows that if he can convince your mind, your heart follows.

Christians, we know how Satan works. We know how Satan replaces God with everything else. That has always been his game. We are not ignorant of this.

The only weapon we have on earth against the deception of the enemy is the name of Jesus.

If the praise and worship songs we are singing at church does not give us a good picture of the Lamb of God, who is it really our hearts are worshipping?

Be careful with all these gray and vague worship songs.

Conclusion

Praise and worship songs should never be shy to declare Jesus. Praise and worship songs should never be a distraction for you not to see the Cross of Calvary. Praise and worship songs should be bold to declare who Jesus is and what He has done.

If these ‘praise and worship’ songs bring you somewhere else – a boat in the middle of a storm, standing in the middle of thunder and lightning, sitting beside a dying person, seeing yourself pumping your fist up in the air, standing in the middle of chaos, seeing yourself yelling your heart out, being side by side with the one you love – all these things are distractions of the enemy. Don’t you dare believe it.

But you don’t have to worry either because the earth won’t open up to swallow you whole from where you sit or stand in worship. Don’t think God will be angry because your mind’s wandering. You just have to be aware that it’s wandering. So then you rebuke the enemy. Ask God for forgiveness and you get your mind back to focus on Jesus.

Praise and worship songs should bring your heart, mind, body, spirit, soul at the foot of the Cross, seeing Jesus & nowhere else.

My Kind of Romantic

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I was riding at the back of my guy friend’s motorcycle from a birthday party – I was 18 – when this friend of mine decided to bring up again the topic of “qualifications of a spouse.” We had a ‘Dating, Courtship, Marriage Seminar’ at church the week before. I told him, “If he’s not like Jesus Christ, I won’t go for him.”

He’s very persistent to the point of being insensitive as all teenagers sometimes are, (or is it, ‘as all men are?’) even if after the seminar I already told him I don’t want to talk about it anymore, he still gave his rebuttal, “Angel, there is no one like Jesus. He’s unique. He’s one of a kind. You won’t find anyone like him. (As if to say, Jesus was never human.) To which I replied, “Then I shall never marry. Good night! Thanks for bringing me home.”

While the endless talk about marriage really annoys me, I confess, I’m a romantic. Since everybody seems so concerned about ‘having a spouse’ then (I was 18) until now, I’ve decided to put up my list. I’m romantic and I’m kind too, I think. I’d like to put this up so other men can realise they don’t stand a chance & hopefully, help them to be better. That’s a snarky comment again, isn’t it? Or is it just a really bad one? Oh dear…

Here’s my list:

1. Satisfied In Christ. Someone who doesn’t feel the need to get married but knows how to love people and understands a person’s need for community especially spiritual family. Someone who loves Jesus more than anyone or anything else in the world.

2. Deeply Rooted In God’s Words. I need someone who share the same love, delight for God’s words. Someone who can call me out when I’m going the wrong way, saying or doing things the wrong way. Someone who knows how to correct me the right way. Someone who knows what the ‘right way’ actually is without me lecturing him about it.

3. Not horribly, horribly irritable. We all have something we get annoyed with. I need someone who knows himself enough to know what irritates him, and how to humbly deal with it.

4. Will not win me over with his declarations or actions of love but with his obedience to Christ. This is something too rare and truly incredibly hard to find. It’s never easy to obey God but I need someone who knows how to do it in both the little things and the bigger ways.

5. Has a really, really sexy facial hair. I know this last one has nothing to do with romance but this is my blog, you’re just gonna have to read that part. You have no choice in the matter. 😂 I meant, someone who appreciates how I appreciate him. And knows how to communicate his appreciation even in the littlest of ways.

That’s my kind of romantic. What’s yours?