The most important aspect of worship for a Christian is not the melody but the lyrics; the truthfulness of the doctrine it bears. There are a lot of songs that are emotionally moving, but that’s not what counts for God. We must stop to listen carefully to what is being said.
Here is an example. There is a worship medley I saw recently. It went thus;
Song 1: You are causing light to shine from darkness (a borrowed expression from 2 Cor 4:6)
Song 2: I want to see you
You see, both songs directly contradict one another. If she had understood the proper sense of the text from which the first song was gotten, she would not have sung the second.
The text says:
“For it is the God who commanded LIGHT to shine OUT OF DARKNESS, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God IN THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST” – 2Co 4:6 .
This means three things
1. The “light” here represents knowledge. He says “The knowledge of the glory of God”.
2. Light shines out of ‘darkness’ when we are born again
3. That knowledge – light is in the FACE of Jesus. The revelation of the person and the redemptive work of Christ brings salvation.
HERE IS THE POINT- If you are born again, you’ve seen his face. The believer in Christ is described as having OPEN FACE and BEHOLDING. The bible says: “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” 2Co 3:17-18. Don’t you see that what you have received is what Moses was asking for? Why pray like him?
Only unbelievers can ask to ‘see’.
2Co 4:3 – But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
Joh 14:19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, BUT YOU WILL SEE ME. Because I live, you will live also.”
I love the rise in passionate worship everywhere. Let’s seek to grow in knowledge as well.
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