Many moons ago (cough, cough…many many) I was a Chef at a Scottish inn. And, before you ask…no I did not make, nor did we serve, Haggis. That stuff is just plain gross. ANYHOW…I lived about 90 minutes from the inn and each morning at 4am, after my mega caffeine fix, I’d hit the road for my journey. It was a beautiful drive and while enjoying the scenery I’d sing along with whatever the cd was in my truck. For awhile it always seemed to be a mix of John Mayer and Celtic music. Yep… “Room for Squares” and “Danny Boy”, quite the combination. I’d belt the songs out loud and proud as this was the only safe place to do so…alone…in the truck…where no one else was around. Trust me when I tell you this is best.
Well…this past Sunday after settling in at church, the worship team began the music, during which I found myself pondering the lyrics of one of the songs. Not because I was bored but because I forgot to lasso my brain and reel it in. The song was “Lead Me to the Cross by Hillsong”. I was awestruck. I pulled the lyrics up on my iPhone and read them over and over…pondering how many times we sit in church and sing the songs without comprehending what we’re actually singing. Lyricists, poets, authors, presenters, etc. spend a lot of time carefully crafting words to create pictures and stir thoughts and emotions. Should the words of our worship music not be the most deeply felt, most intensely stirring and most completely comprehended? Should we not apply more focus to our praise and worship than we do to the football game afterward?
A couple of the phrases of the song stood out to me…
1. Rid me of myself, I belong to you
Really? Do I really mean that as the words leave my mouth out of tune but thrust forth none the less? How often I find myself holding onto “self”. Fighting for what’s “rightfully” me and mine.
John 3:30(NASB) He must increase, but I must decrease That’s what the word of God has to say.
2. Oh lead me, lead me to the cross
Seriously? Back in the day, when someone “lead you to the cross” you knew you were going to die! Period.
Matthew 16:24(NLT) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” That’s what Jesus said about it.
May God help us to mean what we sing and sing what we mean. May we feel the words more deeply than a routine Sunday morning chorus. May we “feel the thought”.
Psalms 147:1(ESV) Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
Remember…When we sing, we are serenading God. And He is listening. How sweet is that?!?