Earlier this week, we posted the “Top40” for worship music at First Evangelical Free Church. While this isn’t the first time we’ve done this, I know many attenders at FEFC may wonder why we sing the songs we do! There are literally hundreds of worship songs released each year, and the process of choosing the songs that enter into the “canon” of worship here at FEFC is a complicated process many of you never have the opportunity to see. Out of that realization, this week begins the first of what I hope to a regular series of blogs that will help us as a church understand why it matters what we sing each week.
In John 4, we see Jesus interacting with the Samaritan woman at the well. What should be fascinating to all of us is that in verse 19, when confronted with her sin, the woman asks a question that seems completely unrelated – a question about worship. The Samaritans differed from the Jews in many ways, but one of importance to them was whether or not their worship of God in the High Places was acceptable to God…particularly since they weren’t allowed into the temple to worship like the Jews.
Jesus answer should cause us to pause for a moment: “The hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Her question to Jesus was about where God accepted worship, Jesus answered by saying God was interested in how we worship.
Hopefully as we explore God’s Word and the songs we sing we will see how we can do just that: Worship in Spirit and in Truth.
For His Glory,