“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV (emphasis mine)
As a Christian, hearing the term “praising God” is nothing new. And hopefully all of us participate in this act. As a worship leader, this is something that resonates with me on my many levels. But I have been noticing a trend that I would like to speak to…
I’m sure many of you have seen the ARTICLE that spread around Facebook about this issue in our churches. Now, people are raising good points about some of the shifts that are happening in churches but I still feel we are missing the mark and not really getting to the heart of the issue.
The truth is, taking away the lights and set design won’t make people sing more. Just having people with passion but no talent, won’t help and will most likely distract people from engaging. Turning the overall volume down won’t solve the issue either. Singing only hymns and having acoustic sets isn’t the answer to the issue. All those things are really a matter of preference and don’t really speak to why people aren’t singing.
Singing in church actually doesn’t have much to do with your worship team, worship leader, or location. Singing has nothing to do with whether it’s a hymn or hillsong tune. And singing has nothing to do with it being acoustic or electric. We like to make it about those things…but it is really not.
Singing (or praising) is a choice! And ultimately a matter of one’s heart.
I think the heart of this issue we are facing in our churches is that we, as christians, are just a product of our culture. We are consumerists, and operate based on convenience and that, unfortunately, has become our largest basis for making decisions.
God didn’t say “praise me when you feel like it” or “when you’re happy and have energy…praise me” He didn’t say, “when life is good and all your things are in order, feel free to praise me then.”
The verse above says let us continually offer a SACRIFICE of praise! Praising God therefore has nothing to do with our convenience. Praising God has nothing to do with the volume of the sound system or how many lights are on stage; whether it’s acoustic or electric or whether your worship leader is a hipster with a v-neck.
Praise is sacrificial. We do it out of obedience and to honor our Savior.
So next time you are in church and the worship starts…think about Hebrews 13:15. Next time the worship team plays that song AGAINNN…remember it’s not about us. It’s not about the song, the series, the lights, or the set design…
It is about Jesus and choosing to praise his name.