How are we to worship in song? The Bible gives us many “helps” in this area:
“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. [Why?] For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD,” (Psalm:33:1-5)
“Praise ye the LORD, Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being….[Why?] Which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous….Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm:146:1-2,6-8,10 )
Current trends in worship lean toward a focus on self and an empty repetition of the same words over and over. Much more is said about what “I” will do than what the Lord has done. The psalms that describe what “I” will do usually continue with a long list of what “He” has done, or will do, or is able to do.
I fear in the future the “worship” songs will be more along the lines of:
Oh, Lord, it’s good that you saw me and recognized my worth.
I am going to sing to you all my days. I will hang in there with you forever. You can count on me, Lord, because I will never leave you. And I know that makes you glad and for that, I just want to say “No problem.”