What happened to Worship Music?

Here’s a quick game! Can you guess which era in CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) this gem of a song was written?

Fill me up God
Fill me up God
Fill me up God
Fill me up (2x)

You provide the fire
I’ll provide the sacrifice
You pour out the spirit
I will open up inside (2x)

Fill me up God
Fill me up God
Fill me up God
Fill me up
(2x)

If you guessed it was modern, you are correct. Sorry, there are no prizes.

Anyways…

I want to make a few observations. These are the entirety of the lyrics. There’s no other words in this song. I’m sure not all churches mean anything malicious with this song, BUT…this song mentions nothing about Jesus Christ. And according to Scripture, there is no name above the name of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Shouldn’t our music we sing to God uplift the name of the one whom God has highly exalted? I think if a song to God that doesn’t exalt Jesus is not good.

There’s a big movement for worship music to not mention Jesus’ name, or even to uplift the Holy Ghost instead of Jesus. In the Bible there aren’t people mentioning much about lifting up the Holy Ghost compared to Jesus. And many new age-y churches are doing unbiblical things and calling it the Holy Spirit. I’m not saying that the Biblical gifts of the Spirit are false. What I am saying is, not everything that is presented as a work of God is a work of God. I also am not saying that the Holy Spirit isn’t God, He is God, but He ALWAYS points to JESUS.

John 16:13-14

13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

He points us to Jesus. Not to Himself. So when we sing songs to the Holy Spirit, are we singing right? I’m only asking because according Scripture the Holy Ghost doesn’t want attention but glorifies Jesus. The one who will be glorified above ALL.

Maybe you think I am being picky, and I will answer, yes. Because I don’t want to worship God in a way. The point is, we should be making music that glorifies Jesus Christ. Not self, sin, or anyone or anything else. At the end of it all, who will be glorified above EVERYTHING. JESUS CHRIST. So let’s glue our eyes and our hearts on Him. Because that’s what the Father desires. That’s what the Holy Spirit desires. That’s what Jesus desires.

God bless.

12 thoughts on “What happened to Worship Music?

  1. I got chills. I completely agree. Classic praise and worship music was much better and even older Christian music like original Building 429 had some songs that hit home right in the feels because they were so true. Now…all for sound

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  2. It’s called, New Apostolic Reform. It plays on your emotions and psyches you up. Not true worship. Not of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob anyway..

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  3. That’s exactly what it is. We have become so focused on the emotions that we lost the meaning. I went to a church one time and I stopped singing part way through and just kept my hands up while my mind prayed to God. Within a minute after doing that, it felt like a massive invisible weight dropped on top of me and I could not move. I felt so close to God that my body couldn’t physically handle it. That to me is what worship is. When your heart is so close to God that your body feels torn apart, then you are in the epicenter of His presence.

    Now, songs that have a nice sound, a cool groove, or has a Melody to put me in the mood for worship. Abraham didn’t need to feel like praising God when Lot was captured, but He gave glory to God anyway.

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  4. I grew up singing the hymns. We sang them at home around the piano. We sang them in the car on trips. We sang them on our front porch with the neighbor kids and we sang them at church.

    I love the richness of the hymns and the biblical truths in them. And my kids grew up singing the hymns, too. They are so deep spiritually and most of them, I think, honor Jesus Christ. And there are some contemporary Christian songs like that, too.

    In 2011, as well, the Lord began giving me songs to write, much like hymns, and he uses those often in my personal times of worship of him and he includes many of them with my daily blog posts, too. He uses them in my life to encourage me often in my walk of faith with him. So that has been a wonderful blessing from God in my life.

    Christian music does play a big role in our Christian walks and in our worship of the Lord, but our primary worship of God, of Jesus Christ, is the giving of our lives to Jesus in surrender to his will for our lives, and all else flows from that.

    Thank you for sharing this blog post on the subject of songs which glorify our God; which glorify Jesus Christ. That is essential.

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    1. That’s awesome I’ll have to check out some posts, I like to write songs too 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story and I wish I grew up with more hymns, but i guess that means I’ll end up finding newness in the oldies…haha. God bless!

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