I recently joined the music ministry at my new church as pianist. The first time I played with the group I thought, “Why am I having so much trouble with this music?” But I kept playing. OK so then Sunday’s service finally gets here and while I’m playing along, I notice that the three song leaders are acting MUCH less reserved than did they at practice. Actually, to be more specific, they’re jumping up and down, and one of them has now crumpled to the floor.
(At this point, I’m chalking it up to my age being so much greater than theirs.)
But then they’re singing the same song over and over and over. We’re not talking repeat the verse and chorus – no, no. They’re having these people sing a chorus 15 and 20 times over and I notice the congretation is not getting into it quite like they are… Actually, about 2/3 of them have now sat down and are reading their bibles or just staring. The other 1/3 is standing up still, but I don’t see anyone falling under the anointing…and when it finished, there was almost a “rush to sit”.
*Note: This is not a hyper-charismatic church I attend, but it’s also not a “dead denominational” church. It’s alive and there are people who come to worship Jesus inside its walls, who leave wanting to share the gift they’ve received.
OK, Service finally ends and I walk away feeling like I just took part in something that shouldn’t have happened in a sanctuary. I couldn’t quite pin it down “what exactly was wrong” but oh well.
The next week comes along, I get my “list for Sunday” emailed to me and I’m running into the same problem with these songs as did I for the last batch. (They’re not clicking at all.) Then I go thru the list of these songs and start looking at the their composers. I didn’t recognize the first few names but did note that they were all written at Bethel in Redding, CA. Then I see the words, “…house of prayer”, and next to those words, Misty Edwards’ name. (This would be IHOP Kansas City’s Misty Edwards.)
NOW I know why the music wasn’t “clicking”. The team was trying to get something (very fleshy) worked up during the singing. Something …contemplative… It wouldn’t “click” because God wasn’t in it.
You cannot “cause” God to show up by anything “you” do. YOU cannot work up an anointing. YOU can work something up, for sure! But it’s the anointing that breaks the yolk and anything seperate from a Spirit-initiated anointing is just flesh trying to get that “feel good” going. Besides that, the highly repetitiveness of singing the choruses is actually another branch off of contemplative prayer. It literally takes a person into a state of self-induced hypnosis (whether they want to admit it or not). It’s playing with the supernatural and those aren’t “heavenly beings” you’re communing with.
I’LL PASS ON THIS ONE.