It's not all about kum-by-yar m' Lord... Everyone likes a nice tune, but what is church music and worshipping all about?
There are different ways to look at this, but here's my take on worship music and worshipping God.
Hymns and the old classics are actually well constructed prayers that are sung and not spoken. John and Charles Wesley wrote many of them back in the 1700's, which are still used today.
Modern worship can take the form of someone strumming a guitar to the full-on Hillsong experience, which is more like a rock concert, as shown in the above picture. However, some refer to Hillsong as Hellsong, so it's important to not get carried away with the extravagance of some worship influences.
Worship music can help people get in the mood for focusing on God. But there is a fine line between worship and deliberate emotional triggering!
Personally I don't think that worship is for God's benefit. I think it is something we need to do that helps us connect with God. I don't see God demanding that we worship him and that he gets the needle if we don't.
I think worshipping God has an affect on our souls and our well-being as well as our acknowledgement that God is actually worthy to be worshipped. No one else is. In many things, God does not demand that we do anything, it's only after we learn and understand who our maker is, that we persoanlly decide to worship Him.
We are told in the Bible to worship God in Psalms 96:9. For me, of course I worship Him, he created me and everything else around me, therefore I will worship as often as I can.
God expects us to worship him because he is the only being or entity worthy of worship - and we demonstrate our worship in many ways:
As you can see, there are various avenues we can take that show our reverence honour and respect for God. The important thing to remember is that whatever we do, as long as God is at the centre of it, He's good with that. You will know the right way to worship God.
But beware! There are many new age and heretical worship bands or groups. T he 'tunes' are moving, but it's important to understand exactly what is being sung and by whom, i.e., knowing their background, what they believe and so on and is it in line with the Bible?
Worshipping God demonstrates our reverence, devotion and submission to God. It is an active experience that confirms and establishes our belief in Him and our expectation for the life to come.