Musing on Music

1 Jack 1.8 “I hate money, and I hate music. No matter what you do, you’re wrong.” That is why I love this quote from the Narnia guy: contemporary-Christian-music
“The first and most solid conclusion which (for me) emerges is that both musical parties, the High Brows and the Low, assume far too easily the spiritual value of the music they want. Neither the greatest excellence of a trained performance from the choir, nor the heartiest and most enthusiastic bellowing from the pews, must be taken to signify that any specifically religious activity is going on. It may be so, or it may not.”
(Clive Staples) C. S. Lewis

We Don’t Need “Great” Worship

It’s About True Worshipers, Not Great Worship

worshipPraise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. 

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. Psalm 149:1-5 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this magnificent weekend in June, we thank you for the privilege of worshiping you. May the truth of the gospel capture our minds; the beauty of Jesus fill our hearts; and the power of the Spirit energize our praise. Undo us and renew us, melt us remake us, free us and fill us, all for your glory.

As our Maker, you created us to live by the strength of your joy. As our King, your reign of grace frees us from our fears and gloom. As our Redeemer, it’s your great delight in us that liberates us to find our greatest delight in you. There is no God like you—abounding in compassion, generous in mercy, and overflowing with love.

We long to give you the worship of which you are worthy—not the worship that merely satisfies our agenda, theological tribe, or personal preferences. If our feet remain still, at least give us dancing hearts. If there’s no timbrel and harp to take up, at least cause our spirits to soar heavenward with unabated gladness.

Father, according to your Word, you are seeking true worshipers, not great worship (John 4:23)—a people, not a performance; engagement, not entertainment. Make us just such a people. As we exalt Jesus, and worship you in Spirit and truth, draw our hearts, neighbors, and the nations to yourself. So very Amen we pray, in the righteousness of faith, for the glory of Jesus.

>A Still-Timely Question

>Keith Green died a bit over 28 years ago…not sure when he wrote the following, but surely still applies as a probing question for 2010:


“It seems to me that there are but few who really live with a passion for God, especially a passion just to be with Him. Today there is such a noise coming up before the throne of the Most High-the clamor of so-called praise, singing, and joyful shouting. But I wonder if the same people who love to sing and shout, loudly exclaiming the the praises of God, really have such an intense glory in their secret life with the Lord. When the meeting’s over and there’s no one there to listen except the only One who matters, do you still have that same passionate joy in your spirit, just to be alone with the Living God?”

Keith Green

>Incredible – Why Sing So Many Cross-Centered Songs????

>This is well-worth your time…if you’ve not read “The Cross-Centered Life” by C J Mahanney you have ripped yourself off…watch this as he answers the question, “Why Sing So Many Cross Centered Songs?”


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>Light the Fuel of Praise

>“We gather as the church to proclaim the truth. We gather to declare—to ourselves, to each other, and to God—what we know to be eternal reality. There is one God, who is sovereign over the universe and every detail of our lives. We have rebelled against him. He sent his Son to die in our place for our sins. And through Jesus Christ we have forgiveness and peace with God.
There are many things we can proclaim during and after a time of corporate worship. God’s glory is unending, and his perfections are infinite. But the fuel of our praise will always be the gospel of Christ who has redeemed us and brought us to God.”
– Bob Kauflin, “Worship Matters”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=158134824X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>Why Church?

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“We gather as the church to proclaim the truth. We gather to declare—to ourselves, to each other, and to God—what we know to be eternal reality. There is one God, who is sovereign over the universe and every detail of our lives. We have rebelled against him. He sent his Son to die in our place for our sins. And through Jesus Christ we have forgiveness and peace with God.

There are many things we can proclaim during and after a time of corporate worship. God’s glory is unending, and his perfections are infinite. But the fuel of our praise will always be the gospel of Christ who has redeemed us and brought us to God.”

– Bob Kauflin