It is Good to Tell the Truth

I love being a worship leader. I love to worship, I love God and I love music. It’s a triple win!  However, while I always love God, I do not always love all worship music. Sometimes the melody is so simplistic it can hardly be categorized as music. Sometimes the lyrics seem like the writers were just randomly flipping through the Bible to pick out “Christian” words.  And honestly, how many versions of the same song do we really need???
The modern-day worship music industry can be a frustrating trip down an aisle filled with cookie-cutter song structures and shallow lyrical content. However, do not give up hope! There will always be a new song just around the bend that touches the heart of God, that inspires the soul, that magnifies the Lord and that draws us deeper into the depths of his love.  You might say this is all subjective and you’d be right.  Certainly, two different people do not appreciate songs in the same way.  However, I believe that God is still at work inspiring his church to pen new, relevant songs that glorify His name while drawing us, His people, together.
One such song that has hit me the past few weeks is titled with a question, “Is He Worthy?”  In an instant act of defensiveness, I retort in my head, “Well, of course he is!” But somehow the question elicits further thought.  If I think the answer to the question is so obvious, why doesn’t everyone else?  Does my life reflect the answer that I would give?
The song unfolds with further questions: Do you feel the world is broken? Do you feel the shadows deepen? Do you wish that you could see it all made new?  These are questions that touch at the heart of all people, not just believers.  They address what we all experience. By beginning with such an honest view, the song can avoid the too common pie-in-the-sky, overdone love songs to Jesus that do not acknowledge our struggles. 
This song is constructed with a call and response format.  Interspersed between each question is an answer: We do. It is a collective answer that plants us all in the same boat. Verse two: Is all creation groaning? It is. Is a new creation coming? It is.  Is it good that remind ourselves of this? It is.
In the chorus we get more questions that culminate into the one that carries the most weight, “Is He worthy?” and the collective answer: “He is.” By stating this truth, the song implies an unspoken final question: Now what?  If Jesus is worthy, if Jesus saves, if He should have all honor and glory, what does that mean for our lives?
The song writer, Andrew Peterson, commented that he has been struck by how good it is for us, as the church, to tell each other truth.  He wanted to create something that invoked a dialogue, a way for us all to tell the story. The following passage from book of Revelation had something to do with it as well.
Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one seated on the throne. It had writing on the front and the back, and it was sealed with seven seals.  I saw a powerful angel, who proclaimed in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or look inside it. So I began to weep and weep, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look inside it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Don’t weep. Look! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has emerged victorious so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea—I heard everything everywhere say,
‘Blessing, honor, glory, and power belong
     to the one seated on the throne
    and to the Lamb
        forever and always.’
Then the four living creatures said, ‘Amen,’ and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Revelation 5:1-5;13-14
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