I can honestly say that I’m a guitar player before I’m a singer. Because of this, I consistently struggle with focusing on the lyrics of a song that I am playing. Instead, I just get wrapped up in the chords I play and how we can do some cool ambient lead lines to really make the song sound great.
Here’s the craziest thing of all; if you ask me 3 hours after a worship service what songs we did it would take me a second to remember. Why? Because lyrics don’t matter to me like they should. That’s a problem!
Every once and a while a line or two will catch my fancy and will get stuck in my head. But outside of that…all worship music sounds the same to me because I’m not focusing on the lyrics.
It wasn’t until we played “So Will I” by Hillsong that I was slapped in the face by some of the most powerful lyrics I’ve ever heard. So much so that I would have to fight back uncontrollable weeping as I listened to it (men weep, boys cry).
The Wednesday night we practiced this song my entire team told me the same thing; that the lyrics were powerful. They too acknowledged the lyrics rather than the melodies or the energy of the song. As we practiced it for the first time ever…it was seamless. It was as if we had played that song all the time as a warm-up. In that practice we really worshipped.
When was the last time you worshipped?
When was the last time you actually examined the lyrics of a song? No music, no distractions, just read the lyrics.
Do yourself a favor and do this exercise right now. Read the lyrics to So Will I twice without music and once with music.
I’m not saying anything profound will happen…but I wouldn’t be surprised if you worshipped right there in the moment.
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