How important is proper theology in worship?
Imagine what would happen if all our worship songs were based on only how we feel? There would be no truth revealed, no growth, but just more reason to remain comfortable in our sins. Our sins? yes the dreaded word that I personally as a believer often underestimate. The Word of God brings truth (2 Timothy 3:16), “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” it sets us free, and it sanctifies us (John 17:17); but if we’re not incorporating it in the songs we sing, how are we going to bring the truth to those who need to hear it? There has to be a proper balance.
I think to start off we have to understand the definition of theology. The word theology put in basic terms; the study of God, our attempt in understanding God as He is reveals Himself to us. We learn about God, His character, His personality, what makes Him so unique by reading His Word and understanding what He has to say. Picture learning about The infinite God! (I can’t even begin to, but he wants us to atleast try).
Our worship should reflect our gratitude to God. We get to live our lives for Him by following what His Word says we should do, and what we shouldn’t do. Singing in our local churches is a privelege we have in sharing with the body Christ of God’s goodness, His healing, His grace; but also reminding each other that He is a just God, who needs us to repent of our sins; becasue He is righteous. “One thing I have desired of the Lord,That will I seek:That I may dwell in the house of the Lord, All the days of my life,To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4).
In essence our worship should be driven by the knowledge of God, His sovereignty, and the truth that comes form His Word. Everything God wants His church to hear, should not be hidden under our attempt to make songs more appealing. We should be more inclined in leading our brothers and sisters into a deeper relationship with Jesus, with truth (John 4:24) through repentance. Nothing needs to be sugar-coated, not the Word, not our songs. that could only lead to shallow faith and belief. The focus of our Worship should always be Jesus, and He is the Word, anything less than that is selling the gospel short. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”(Hebrew 12:28). When we lead worship are we giving the body of Christ the opportunity to enter the presence of God in communion with Him, in holiness, with a repentant heart, and a reverencefor Him that He rightfuly deserves. We should always seek to let the Word of God guide us when are leading. We can’t influence the body with our own thoughts, and personal feelings, and expect them to grow spiritually. We are flawed human beings who need need Jesus just as much as the congregation does. We have to allow God to lead through us. We are mere vessels, in ‘The Potters Hand’, that do what he asks us to do based on His will, not ours. Grateful to our Father for His Hands that are always there for me and you!