Any blog post on worship music immediately finds itself either fighting in the line of contentious fire or drowning in the sea of banality. My goal is not to write anything profound or contentious. I only hope to share a few thoughts.
What makes a good worship song?
Worship songs, be they 100 year-old hymns or modern choruses, are either objective or subjective. I mean that they either objectively describe divine attributes and majesty, or they subjectively describe our human response. Good worship songs will always contain both. When God’s people gather they do best to sing the attributes, character, majesty and glory of God as revealed in scripture. But objectivity alone can leave you cold. God’s people must also sing their fitting response to His attributes. Yet subjectivity alone is sappy, soppy, wet and wooly.
Let me say it another way. If all we ever sing about is how much we love our ‘buddy Jesus’ we are doing ourselves (and God) a disservice. Songs like this may elicit an emotional response, but the god we worship is our own feelings and not the God who has revealed Himself in scripture. The songs of the church which endure always glory ... continued