I once was a student at Lee University and was told by someone there that they wanted technically challenging music. They argued that modern day worship music was just too simple. I want to talk about that and open this topic for discussion.
Now do not get me wrong, I enjoy old classic hymns and elaborate choral arrangements. I have a weakness for Handels Messiah just like every other choral audiophile, and yes you know who you are. I enjoy hearing counter melodies and clashes that resolve into gorgeous harmonies. I enjoy watching a skilled musician use their craft for the glory of God. However, those things do not belong in a corporate worship setting that has a mixed audience of varying skill levels.
Let’s first look at scripture.
1 Samuel 15:22
“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
Revelation 4: 8-11
“8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
These two verses out of many that you can find here
do not depict a complicated worship atmosphere. In Samuel, he talks about how the Lord likes obedience over worship. In the Psalms, the scriptures say “be still and know that I am God” and I think that if we get caught up in what the music sounds like or how intricate it is, we can lose sight of why
we are worshipping. In Revelation, all they say is “Holy Holy Holy” and no, that’s not from the new Georgia Florida Line single. In our hearts, we just need to remember to give all glory to God and give honor and praise in everything that we do.