Been listening to lots of music today, just trying to find some new stuff. What I think is cool is a lot of the new upbeat praise music is like the 90's music all the club kids used to listened to, and as you can guess I liked that era of music, lol.   So as I'm looking through I come across a comment that says something like, "What a disgrace that rock alternative music is being used as praise. Hmmm, let's think on that. I wonder what God thinks about that, since praise music is supposed to be being addressed to Him?" The reality of it all is that that comment really just broke my heart, how sad is it that we get hung up on the style of how we praise and not on who we praise. One of my favorite things I've ever seen on song selection in church, discussing what songs and song styles we sing at church is by Brian Doerkson/ He said ,"If the song is about God, to God, for God, or about the things of God, I'm pretty positive that God will accept that as praise and if it's His praise it is for Him which means it doesn't matter if we like it or not" . Heres what I love, I love the fact that there are so many genres of music that we can praise God with these days, we're not stuck with just one style or genre of music to lift our praises to Him, but even more so than that. I am more excited about the fact that we get the privilege and opportunity to praise HIM!

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Comment by Lorraine Doswell on August 13, 2015 at 5:08pm

Praise God indeed in whatever style that may be.  Styles of praise music will have changed immensely over the centuries and even now vary a great deal.  Just because a person may not like or approve of 'rock' music, does not mean it is wrong.  Bring it on I say, the Lord will love it : )

Comment by Carri on December 12, 2017 at 9:54am

I think the music should "marry" the lyrics. There should be a harmony between the two. Many today are trying too hard to modernize songs or even hymns and think rocking them out will do the trick. I've heard many failed attempts. For me, content is the most important emphasis in worship. We live in a shallow Church age, with shallow songs. Oh how we need depth in the worship songs today. No matter what style, we need to make sure the content is firstly Biblical, doctrinal, and ministers. Our corporate worship should linger in our hearts and minds long after Sunday. The lyrics should return over again and speak to our hearts.  That is my goal as a worship leader. But we make it too much about style or musical preference and miss the point.

Comment by Wulf Forrester-Barker on December 12, 2017 at 6:02pm

I see this is an older discussion but it only goes back a couple of years before Carri picked it up. To the original poster, I'd comment that I think it is more glacial than cool if worship music in 2015 was only just picking up styles from the 90s! Being 15-25 years behind the times isn't a grand thing although, sociologically, it might be explained by the time it takes for people to get established in church leadership roles where their tastes can begin to influence what sounds acceptable to the wider congregation.

To Carri, I don't think I'd entirely agree about modern worship songs being shallow. Plenty are - and will hopefully be quickly forgotten - but I think there are some that will endure for longer. My criteria for what I think are the better songs are:

Does it resonate with scripture (it doesn't have to use the same old words but it should be able to find roots in that enduring story)?

Is it something that can be sung corporately (a lot of 'worship' songs sound more like they were designed to be sung as solos - all "I" and "me")

Back to the key theme of this discussion, can it work in a variety of styles and settings?

That last one is a criteria I'd use for any song, worship or not. I think a good song should transfer across different styles, giving a wide range of people an opportunity to engage with the song in genres they feel comfortable with (and, once they've taken the words on board, something they can hang onto when they encounter it in a genre they don't like so much).

In the context of worship songs, I would agree that the core message is most important, no matter what "dialect" or "language" it is delivered in.

Wulf

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