Letter to the Editor: Finding the true heart of worship

In the column “Mean what you sing,” published two weeks ago here in the Threefold, contributor Shane Bauxman was talking about how much he disagrees with the way we worship in chapel at JBU, and how it shouldn’t be about me, myself or I.

He thinks that all of our worship services should be about singing songs and telling God how great He is. Now before I get going with this, let me make one thing clear: I am not disagreeing with the article’s main point.

I feel the way he made his point was somewhat muddy and unclear, it seemed as if he was saying that the way some people worship is bad, and that he knows what the right way to worship is.

Let’s take a look at John 4:23. “But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him.” Now Psalm 144:9: “God, I will sing a new song to You; I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You.” Finally Psalm 29:2: “Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array.”

I believe these are the ways in which we all should approach worship. We must worship Him in spirit and truth, in the beauty of holiness and singing songs to Him. Our worship is not a static thing, it is of a dynamic quality, always maturing, always growing. In order for worship to be true and good, we must engage in worship with a mind, heart and a spirit of worship. If these things are lacking, then God will not be honored by it at all.

To quote John Piper, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” If we attend chapel merely to criticize the way worship is done, then God won’t be glorified at all.

So how about we try and find the truth in the songs that are sang in chapel instead of worrying about the band not picking the songs that we feel like should be sung.

James Kennedy