I want to tread carefully in this post because I am sure to offend some people, which is not my intention. I have been thinking about writing a post on worship music for a long time and never really could settle on how to proceed. This morning as I was listening to Kristin Getty sing The Power of the Cross, I thought maybe today would be a good day. Before I proceed, let me offer a disclaimer.
First, I like modern praise and worship music. I attend a church that sings primarily recent praise songs and I belt them out at the top of my lungs. I was even a worship leader at our church for quite a while and at my previous church. I am not someone who scoffs at the music we sing because frankly, I love it and it allows me to worship God in song. In fact, I am not going to single out any specific worship songs that I dislike because that is not the point.
However...many modern songs lack theological depth. Many praise songs that are now written are emotionally engaging, but cognitively weak. I believe that we are to love God not only with our hearts, but also with our minds. I also believe that our song choices should be influenced by not just what makes us feel warm and tingly, but which takes our view of God to greater heights.
The Young Blimeycow gets it about right in this post on "How to Write a Worship Song"
So, what are examples of songs that are theologically rich and engage both the mind and the heart? Certainly, In Christ Alone by the Getty's is a classic example. Almost no one believes it was written just 12 years ago because it sounds like an old hymn.
How about the song I mentioned above--the Power of the Cross?
What are some songs, old or new, that you think express deep theological depth?