Every week when we walk into FCA, we open by worshipping through music — why?
This week we were joined by Mere Knox from Newspring who shared with us her heart on worship and music, truth and lies.
Mere held her phone speaker up to the microphone to show us all how music makes us react based on our mood, the song, the genre. Similarly, the way we worship and what we worship causes a reaction.
In Zephaniah 3:17, we learn that, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
We are made in the image of a God who rejoices through singing. So, music as worship is giving value to what we see as valuable— but that, unfortunately, gets twisted when we listen to the lies that the devil tells us.
Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.”
Mere had two microphones placed on the stage, one marked truth and the other lies. We are born believing the lie that we don’t have to live with God. Mere remixed some popular worship songs to reflect the idea that as we grow up and learn, our worship often becomes focused on other things: relationships, athletic performance, ourselves, even our religion (rather than our relationship with the Lord). Ultimately, these worship remixes are futile and unfulfilling.
This leads us to an important question: what has happened to our worship? In the Garden of Eden, the enemy tempted Eve with a question, “Did God really say…?” and we’re stuck believing that lie continually. As followers of Christ, we cannot settle for being satisfied with worship that is “good enough”. Rather, we must fight to know the truth.
Mere compared it to losing your mom in the grocery store. When you’re little and at the store with your mom, even though you know you want to stick near her, it’s easy to get distracted by the Gushers or sweets, and lose focus of the fact that your mom has moved to the next aisle already. It’s easy to get caught up chasing things and then stuck when we’re trying to figure out where God went. But the big secret is that He never really left, we just need to be desperate enough to call out and know that He is never too far away. That is the truth we need to pursue.
So, why do we sing? We sing to combat lies, so that we can be open to the truth, so that we can see. And, if we think we’re decent singers, imagine the voice of the Lord rejoicing over us in the pursuit of truth. Woah.