Music moves us. It’s the universal language. Think of your favorite band, your favorite song, or your favorite style of music. Have you ever sang along or even danced to it? Of course you have. Just thinking about Luciano Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma gives me chills. Now, tie the familiarity and emotion instilled by music with the joyous truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amazing, right? Any believer in the gospel should have an extremely difficult time containing any type of response to such a combination.
In my time as a praise & worship band instrumentalist, it happens all the time. Out of all the concerts, orchestras, bands, ensembles, and arrangements I’ve been a part of there is always a connection between instrumentalists and the crowd… except for church congregations. Many folks are at least singing but the majority are mumbling or look as though they’re obligated to be there. If the style of music isn’t your favorite, I get it. What I don’t understand is the lack of interpretation of text. One of my favorite praise songs is called The Mercy Tree…
But on that bright and glorious day
When Heaven opened up the grave
He’s alive and risen indeed
Oh praise Him for the mercy tree
Death has died, Love has won
Jesus Christ has overcome
He has risen from the dead!
At the very least, smile. Don’t do it for me or anyone else on the stage. Respond to the grace and mercy you’ve received.