I have heard this concern many times: “I try to stay away from modern worship music because it all seems to be about ‘me’ and not God.” Maybe you have had this concern yourself?
I have also heard several worship leaders say, “We don’t sing anything at church that isn’t vertical (directly praising and glorifying God). If it has the word ‘me’ or ‘we’ in it, we simply don’t sing it.”
Right off the bat, it seems they couldn’t be more right. Most would just nod their head and agree. However, if you dive into God’s Word, you will find out that this belief is not Bible-based but more of a personal opinion.
Songs based on scripture glorify God, regardless of if they are about ‘me’ or Him.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16 NKJV
In II Timothy 3:16 we find out that every bit of scripture is inspired by God and useful to the body of Christ. So, when we sing songs like No Longer Slaves by Bethel, we can rest assured that even though this song is all about who we are in Christ, God is glorified when we sing because the lyrics are based on scripture.
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:7 NKJV
I am confident that God is pleased when we sing songs like How He Loves. The entire Bible points to His love for us, but yet we have a hard time really understanding how much He loves us. When we sing about how He loves us and who we are in Him, the revelation of His great love gets buried deep down in our hearts. The more we sing it and say it, the more real it becomes to us.
The more we sing and speak God’s Word, the more real it becomes to us. Tweet Quote
God wants us to speak His word.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 NKJV
Words carry power. The ultimate example of this is how the world was created…God spoke it into existence. Every bit of the Bible is God speaking to us. And as believers, when we speak His words, they carry the power to change our lives, renew our minds, and turn us into who He has called us to be.
The entire New Testament is full of scripture telling us who we are in Christ:
- We are alive with Christ. Ephesians 2:5
- We have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:16, Phil 2:5
- We have the peace of God. Phil 4:7
- We are the righteousness of God in Christ. Rom 5:17
- We can do all things through Christ. Phil 4:13
When we speak or sing these things out loud, they become real to us. I get so excited to lead my congregation in a song that is all about who they are in Christ. The more they understand their true identity, the more their life will glorify God on a daily basis.
The more we understand our identity in Christ, the more our lives will glorify God on a daily basis. Tweet Quote
The most important thing is to sing songs that are Bible-based.
Bottom line, the most important thing is to make sure all worship songs are Bible-based. If not, they are not worth singing and may even be damaging to the congregation.
If the song is Bible-based, me-centered (singing about who you are in Christ) and God-centered lyrics both glorify God. Of course, as with most things, a good balance between the two is a good plan.