Don’t ask me how I feel… ask me what I know – Alistair Begg
In times such as these, where everyday there seems to be global crisis after global crisis, there is a greater need to dwell on what we know rather than what is happening around us. Truth remains, feelings don’t.
Having this kind of perspective is vital when we come to corporate sung worship as a church. If I was asked how I feel on any given Sunday morning, all manner of things would come out, none of which would help me to worship God. My Sunday mornings are relatively serene when compared to those who have to strap screaming kids into the car beforehand; remembering to take mid morning carrot sticks for the break and changes of clothing for those of an age who haven’t quite grasped that going to the toilet on someone’s lap is not church etiquette. Ask how they feel and you might get a rather stronger response.
Choosing songs to sing on a Sunday is something to take seriously. Admittedly there are times where I grab my song folder and hope for the best, but our aim should always be to draw people’s attention away from themselves and the situations they find themselves in and wholly focus on God. Songs that do this remind us of the great truths we find in scripture and reaffirm our knowledge of the gospel when everything around us seems all at sea.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand
– Edward Mote 1834
Our responsibility as worship teams and church leaders is to present the truth of the gospel to our church families. It is only that that will bring peace, hope, joy, encouragement, comfort and healing. Lead me in songs that remind me of the truth that sustains:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
– Galatians 2:20