As Christians, our praise and worship recipient is God because we are grateful and amazed by His greatness. Those who do not acknowledge God as the only worthy recipient of our worship tend to put other things in His place, becoming idolaters. Worship is inevitable because we were all created with the desire to worship, to declare His Glory. Because we know that no one is like Him, we all feel the strong urge to express honor and exalt our Creator, and when we are not walking with Him, we need something or someone to occupy that place. When we worship, we honor God out of gratefulness and admiration, not because He is a selfish God who wants everyone to worship Him, but because we are grateful and know that everything we have is because of Him. But what is Worshipping Him in Spirit and Truth?
23 But the time is coming—indeed, it is here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4: 23-24. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we connect again to that desire to worship Him constantly. We only want to give Him all the Glory. We exude gratefulness, and we cannot remain quiet. We want to testify to everyone what He has done and keeps doing for us. We want everything that comes out of our mouths to worship and exalt Him. But not only that, we want our lives to be a constant worship for Him. To satisfy this desire for continuous worship, we created worship songs. But is all Christian music considered worship songs?
To consider a Christian song a worship song, we must analyze its message and the intentions for which it was made. We must ask ourselves if it is rooted in the truth contained in God's Word. We must also see who is the one being exalted and who is the song's main protagonist. For a song to be a worship song, it has to be centered around God. Other Christian music that encourages other believers, narrates stories from other biblical characters, talks about the Christian life, or gives edifying messages are good Christian music, but they are not worship songs. We often confuse many Christian music as worship songs when, in reality, they are not. Worship songs always sing to God, and Christian Music talks about God.
When we worship, we express our allegiance to God and tell Him how great He is. Worship only glorifies God. Your life can be considered worship if it glorifies God. A sermon can be considered worship if it glorifies God. Worshipping implies a more personal relationship because to worship Him, we must know who He is. You do not need a protocol to worship Him; we need to know Him. Worship reflects our submission to Him. To decide if a song is a worship song, we should analyze the lyrics and ask ourselves what we discussed above. We should examine how much of its message is about God and for God. If it contains too much I, me, we, us, it is not a worship song because it is centered on ourselves and our experience with Him, not on Him. We must be cautious and seek to worship Him in Spirit and Truth because He deserves all the Glory.