There are some worship songs that we use in Church that lead us to or suggest a physical response or call us to act on something in our lives. Song lyrics like 'I fall to my knees' or 'I lift my hands' are small examples of this and I have had people come up to me after singing some of these lyrics saying they find it really difficult because if they 'fell' to their knees this would a) be quite painful and b) they might not be able to get back up again.
I have always struggled with the bridge of 'Over the mountains and sea' by Delirious and the 'like we're dancing now' line when the song is quite slow and difficult to really dance to and usually no one is dancing...
How do you feel about songs like this? Have there been moments where these really work and moments when they have backfired?
I've been challenged over the last year or so about sharing my faith wherever I go and also to get out from behind the safety of Church walls but sometimes I wonder, is it weird to sing a song about the fact that being a Christian is more than a song? Follow link for example
"They will dance with joy like we're standing still" is a memorable alternative version I remember from when that song first appeared. Just a point of theology, but I suspect they would be much more likely to cry out and try to hide too.
It's a difficult one, and as dependent on the worship leader using the right song at the right time. To a degree it's up to us to find a song that expresses where God's Spirit seems to be leading and to go with that, and that might well include a song with a physical response. But a bit like a husband with his wife, as a sensitive lover a worship leader with the bride of Christ might not push her to do things she isn't really happy about and doesn't feel comfortable to do.
I get this feeling when I sit at the keyboard to play that older worship classic, "I stand in Awe of You"...
God is bothered about the position in our heart, mind and soul. You can be on your knee's while standing up.