Face the Music
A Touch of Heaven | Face the Music Part 4 | St. George
Think About it: Worship music is MORE than an experience but not LESS.Think About it: Worship music is MORE than an experience but not LESS.
Worship - is based on an old English word (weorþscipe) which means ‘worthiness’ or ‘worth-ship.’
“Worship is treasuring God: I ponder his worth and then do something about it – I give him what he's worth. Every brand of worship must have those two elements. Public worship just means you're doing it in concert with others.” - Tim Keller
Colossians 3:15-16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Key Truth: Worship music has the difficult task of inspiring through ARTISTRY and informing through THEOLOGY.
3 Characteristics of Great Worship Songs
1. The mind is INFORMED - I learn who God is and who I am to Him.
John 4:21-24 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
2. The will is MOVED - I am inspired to trust God.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
3. The heart is GRATEFUL - I respond with the correct emotions.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Bottom Line: EXPRESSION not experience is the purpose of every worship song.