"It's truth, but it's not worship."
This was a line written by a fellow blogger to whom I responded by my last couple of posts. Not to beat a dead horse, but this line has stuck with me over the past several weeks.
He was speaking about the text of the standard hymn "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy," which he claimed spoke truth about God, but that it wasn't worship.
I think this statement outlines the mindset that leads us to a place of complete narcissism in our services. When our eyes are taken off God's attributes, we end up not affirming anything specific about Christianity. Instead, we become consumed with how we feel about God and how God meets our needs. There is little in the way of informed response at this point.
But a thorough engagement on God's attributes gives us the proper impetus for worship. When I sing this text, for instance...
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
...my heart is filled with a love and gratitude that leads me into the worship of God. I'm pulled out of myself and into the presence of a transcendent God who has lowered himself and let me taste the kind heart of the Eternal.
If there's no truth, I think it's safe to say there is no worship. Singing songs about God, that draw on concrete knowledge given to us by revelation, are as worshipful as songs can be.