I miss the intimacy of acoustic worship. Some of you may remember the days when contemporary worship music was led by one guy/gal with an acoustic guitar. This particular style (in my opinion) puts the emphasis on the singing of the gathered crowd rather than on the praise team. An acoustic guitar and a solo voice cannot (and should not!) drown out the voices of the congregation. As someone who led many such songs over many years, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like standing in front of a people gathered to worship and hearing them sing their hearts out. You can feel their passion for Jesus. You can hear their hearts cry out.
I love rockin' out in church. But I do miss singing the classic praise choruses and older songs that simply don't go well with electric guitars and drums. I miss singing song like Majesty, Thy Word, Sing Alleluia To the LORD, Seek Ye First and Sanctuary with the strum of a single guitar. I loved doing things like singing Amazing Grace to the tune of the Eagles' Peaceful Easy Feeling or being Spirit-led to lead a song that no one else knew was coming. And in the deepest depths of my old heart, I even occasionally miss singing classic hymns (Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, It Is Well With My Soul) with the piano and organ. Most of us listen to a wide variety of music in our lives. Praising God through music should take many forms as well...
So what about you? What are your favorite songs to sing in worship? What style do you prefer? I'd love to hear from you. The acoustic guitar pictured above is mine. It's all tuned up and ready to go. Let's sing praise to the LORD!!!
Because of Jesus,