The reasoning is this: if I know I won’t do it… I won’t sing it.
Even if I don’t know that I’ll do it, I feel uncomfortable about singing it. And then worship is ruined. There are actually songs that exist with lyrics about “lifting my hands” and there are some Christians out there who don’t lift their hands in worship. Now, is this right? Why would a Church sing songs that cut them out? That forces them to feel uncomfortable about how they worship? Why are we constantly singing songs about what we’re going to do anyway? Why are we singing any songs about what we’re going to do? And where we're going to go? And how it’s going to be? Is worship about me and what I’m currently doing or will do?
You already know the answer.
The impression I get from the Bible is that, primarily, worship is first and foremost about God - this is worship for everyone. But then, Biblical worship is reactionary or, to say it another way, it is about the doing - this is worship for the individual.
We have confused individual, reactionary, man-focused worship with congregational, God-focused worship.
Making matters worse, many people get their theology from worship songs and, shamefully, not from the Bible. So when you have songs that go, “do-do-do,” you get a theology that goes, “do-do-do.” And, after a while, you forget to sit back and remember: ahh… it’s all done.
In summary: lame worship + Biblically ignorant people = a disaster waiting to happen.
A disaster indeed.
Because - strangely - I started thinking about this reading through the book of Judges. I was up to chapter 11 and it became so dramatic and confusing I had to forget about reading onwards, and have a quiet think:
The Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah, who traveled through Gilead and Manasseh, and then through Mizpah of Gilead. He crossed over to the Ammonites from Mizpah of Gilead. Jephthah made this vow to the Lord: “If You will hand over the Ammonites to me, whatever comes out of the doors of my house to greet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites will belong to the Lord, and I will offer it as a burnt offering.”
Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the Lord handed them over to him. He defeated 20 of their cities with a great slaughter from Aroer all the way to the entrance of Minnith and to Abel-keramim. So the Ammonites were subdued before the Israelites.
When Jephthah went to his home in Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with tambourines and dancing! She was his only child; he had no other son or daughter besides her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “No! Not my daughter! You have devastated me! You have brought great misery on me. I have given my word to the Lord and cannot take it back.”
Then she said to him, “My father, you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me as you have said, for the Lord brought vengeance on your enemies, the Ammonites.” She also said to her father, “Let me do this one thing: Let me wander two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity.”
“Go,” he said. And he sent her away two months. So she left with her friends and mourned her virginity as she wandered through the mountains. At the end of two months, she returned to her father, and he kept the vow he had made about her.
: Jephthah made a vow to do something for God. Something that God never asked him to do. And the result was devastating. Are we, as a congregation, making vows to God through song? Vows He never asked us, as a congregation, to make? What happens to us, as an individual, when we don't come through with these vows He never asked from us? I believe, for some people, they become a hindrance. For some, it becomes an addition to the Gospel. And, thus, when the made-up vows aren't met you are left with a confused and ruined disciple.
Unlike Jephthah there is no danger of physical slaughter but I put it to you that perhaps this terribly lame congregational worship is the cause for much spiritual slaughter.