Music and Worship

Often times we call music in church, worship. We have a genre of Christian music called worship. We call Sunday morning a worship service, and we have worship pastors. The list could go on.

When I think about music in church I almost automatically get caught up in musical style and the current really awesome “worship” song. The problem is that when worship becomes about those things, I don’t think it’s worship…it’s just music.

The thing I love the most about worship is that it is completely focused on God. It is a surrendering of myself to God. It is honoring Jesus with everything I am.

Tim Hughes defines worship as this: “Worship is the total alignment of our heart, soul, mind and strength with the will of God. It is our whole-hearted response to God’s extravagant love and mercy.”

I confess that far too often what I desire to be worship falls well short of being such. When we focus on the style of music, I believe that what we call worship becomes simply music.

Question: When does music become worship?