My friend doesn’t like to sing. At all. Honestly, I don’t get that. I mean, who doesn’t like singing?
Turns out, she’s not that big on listening to music, either. I can’t wrap my head around that. Who doesn’t like music?
Because of this, church can be a struggle for her. “Worship” and “singing” have become almost synonymous over the years. And even as a devoted “music guy,” I think that’s a shame.
So I was glad to run across a short post called Arthur Blessitt On Worship at worship.com. When I first saw the title, my first thought was, “Who is Arthur Blessitt?” The name didn’t ring any bells in my head. Turns out he carried a cross through every nation – on foot – back in the 60s. That’s pretty cool.
Anyway, I loved what he had to say about worship:
Today in the modern church worship has become synonymous with music. Some people have even been taught that you only worship when you sing! Should a song help you worship God then great, you can worship and sing. But to emphasize music above other ways of worship is to totally miss what worship is.
During the entire life of Jesus there is no record that anyone sang before or after He spoke. No record of Jesus leading a crowd to sing and worship. There is no record of the 12 disciples being a singing group.
Although to be frank, the idea of the twelve disciples singing in a group together is kind of intriguing… 😉