Saturday, April 7, 2007

Heart of Worship... ?making up for wrongs???

Brant E. DeBrow comments about Veith's post:

Thats an easy one for me too: Heart of Worship. See if you can spot anything that is even worshipful about this song. In addition, it acts as though we are doing God a favor by worshipping Him, and perhaps even making up for wrongs by doing it properly.

When the music fades and all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart

I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the things I've made it
When it's all about You
All about You, Jesus

King of endless worth, no one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor, all I have is Yours
Every single breath

Posted by: Brant


Tess said...

I could not agree more!

DeeDee :) said...

I read the lyric more as the speaker saying, "God, I had it all wrong. Worship isn't about me. It's not about my tastes. It's about You." Appropriate for general worship, maybe not. But the song can be relevant in teaching about what worship is supposed to be about--God. Not us. I don't see where you are getting "doing God a favor," but I can see how one could take certain parts of the lyric out of context and assume that the author is trying to make up for wrongs.

Corner Creature said...

You might want to check out the locus of the original post at Gene Veiths's Cranach Blog.

The premise of the criticism of the song is that it presupposes that somehow there's something we can bring that will "bless God's heart".

"Longing just to bring something that's of worth"

Dan Byrd said...

I agree that we can never bring God anything that is of worth. But even the Bible speaks of "Blessing the Lord"...."Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me...." Psalm 103:1. While I may not be able to bring Him anything of worth...I definitely "long" to. I want to be good to the God that is so Good to me. God can see on me the blood of His Son...and that Satisfies Him! I think you are splitting hairs here!

Corner Creature said...

I've posted a recent post about the fact that Phillips, Craig and Dean DENY THE TRINITY as Oneness Pentecostals.

I know, the music of Phillips, Craig and Dean is very popular. Too bad more evangelicals aren't more discerning.

Anonymous said...

I think the song is beautiful

I don't know how any of you even begin to try and say 'nothing we can bring to God is of worth'.
Anytime you bring another person to him you are sacrificing yourself, and time, And I'm daring to say that's worthy, and a 'blessing on his heart' anyday.
I think you guys need to go to some major bible studies.
God sees us as his children, like a father would see his child. I feel like I've said more than plenty to prove 'worth' is no question

You're all stupid got wasting your lives criticizing a song about a God you know nothing about.
Be a little more insightful

eric m. said...

i like what C.S. Lewis says about the whole thing in "Mere Christianity." He compares our worship of God to when a father receives a birthday gift (or father's day gift or something) from his young child. obviously the chld doesn't have any money. so if the kid goes out and buys a tie for his dad, the money for the tie ultimately came from dad, so in one sense, its a net zero transaction... but in another sense, he does "receive" something. he receives the love, admiration, and affection from his child.

i'm horribly misquoting him, and i apologize, but you get the idea.

in other words, God DOES receive something from our worship, but only because he CHOOSES to. he does not "need" our worship, but he chooses to take pleasure in it. kind of like the refrigerator art from a child. the art may not have intrinsic value. on the open market, that finger-painting probably wouldn't be a top dollar item, but to mom and dad its beautiful - because of who it is from and who made it.

Amanda said...

By looking at the story behind the song, and the point from which the write was coming from when writing this.
The worship leader of a 6,000+ had been asked by his senior pastor to take a year off because he felt like the worship was more about him as a singer/songwriter than the one they were worshipping to. This a song he had written during the break and the first one he played when he came back. I think it is a song of remorse, knowing he messed up and was wrong for making it about himself and not about the one who created him, and this song expresses the change of his heart and where it is now.

Corner Creature said...


Thank you for taking time to interact with this post. And thanks for the interesting facts you have brought to the discussion.

The time a church has to come together for corporate worship is limited in this 21st century American culture. Too often songs are evaluated by how much they help the singers feel close to God. It's essential that the words of the songs we sing present God's truth. Those gifted in musical composition and performance are not necessarily the right people to "vet" the doctrine contained in songs for public worship.

Thank you for your comments.