Am I the only one who feels as if I have been immersed in a beautiful movie with part of the soundtrack missing?
I love what God is doing in our lives, I love how He is walking so near to us each day. I love the fresh vision, the fresh words, the fresh burdens that seem to have unified those in my world in the past several months.
I even love the wonderful praise and worship songs which our teams do so well. Beautiful songs--many of them straight from the Psalms--expressions of heartfelt praise and love and adoration. They usher me into a place of worship that I love. I love how those choruses are vertical...they leave the "me" out of it and focus on the "Him". Upbeat expressions of worship, slower melodies to hear His heartbeat...I really do love all of that.
But there is still an element missing that I long to have restored in my life.
What would be the right word for it? The "testimony" song? The "story" song? The "experience" song? The "hope" song? The song that conjures up pictures of where I've been and what I've done and His response to that?
One with a beat, a flow, a melody line that causes your soul to soar...
My soul was so refreshed several years ago when the praise and worship choruses finally understood that worship was all about Him and we learned that to enter His presence, we must take the focus off of us and put it on Him.
But in the process, I am afraid we threw out Ephesians 5:19 which says, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
That's what I miss. I miss the "speaking to ourselves" songs. The ones that are testimonies of where we have been, what He has brought us through, and where we are going.
Not the corny songs about Mama, either. Nor the twangy ones that take their cue from bumper stickers.
Please don't stop doing the praise and worship stuff.
But is there a new song out there that can fill this hole in my soul?
I think I'm going to create a new label for posts in this blog and label it "Controversial."
This will be the first post that goes in it.
(I'm editing the post with this addendum: I'm not talking about bringing back the "old" stuff, either. I love to hear music that takes me back to another time, but that's not the new song I'm talking about. I'm talking about a new song for now...for 2011... I don't really know what I'm searching for, I just know that I will know when I find it!