Reason to SMILE #211: ROOTS
Worship services today look and sound very different from what they once were. Many traditions of yesteryear have been replaced with new forms of worship, new expressions of praise, new experiences through which God can speak to a new generation. I have absolutely no problem with these changes – as long as the unfiltered, undiluted Word of God is being preached and expressions of worship (i.e. the music, drama, etc.) are the result of sincere reverence for our Heavenly Father pointing hearts to Him alone. But…
There are times when I long for the great hymns of old. I long to sing those songs which remind me of my foundations of faith and take me back to the days when my faith was still new. I yearn to hear the organ and the grand piano play once again, to feel their majestic sounds shatter the empty spaces of the sanctuary, swelling to fill every nook of the room and envelope every member of the congregation.
Talk about a worship experience!
Sometimes, getting back to our roots is a good thing. For me, singing “How Great Thou Art”, “When the Roll is Called up Yonder” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” takes me to that place of remembrance and rejuvenation. For my parents, the songs may be “Holy, Holy, Holy”, “O Worship the King” and “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”. For my children in years to come, it won’t be hymns at all but “contemporary” worship songs like “What a Beautiful Name”, “Good, Good Father” and “O Come to the Altar”.
There will always be those songs or worship experiences from our pasts that remind us of the good old days and roots of our faith. Revisiting these songs from time to time can be a great reminder of where we began and how far we have come. It can also be an insightful indicator of where we should be headed. Even more, singing the songs that we hold dear can bring joy to a weary soul and a SMILE to the heaviest of hearts.
What worship songs bring a SMILE to your heart? What songs would you love to sing again?