I attended a conference not too long ago where a worship leader taught a session. He spoke of a conference he went to where a prominent worship leader stood up and said, “We sing about the cross too much.”
The speaker couldn’t disagree more. He stated that we should be singing even more about the cross. I agree.
It’s important to sing songs about the cross because:
The cross is the center of the gospel.
The gospel is the very foundation of our faith. If we don’t trust in what Jesus did on the cross as payment for our sins, then we have no basis for having a life in God, forgiven completely of our sins. 1 Cor. 3:11 says no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. And, not just Jesus Christ’s teachings but His mission and goal was the cross. Read Heb. 12:1.
When we don’t sing of the cross, teach on the cross, we tend to get off course on what’s true about what we believe. It’s kind of like the difference between a republic and democracy. A republic says “these main truths will be the foundation of our law. If we stray from them, we can always go back to these as our foundational point.”
A democracy says, majority wins. Therefore, they are in charge of making the truths that you follow and obey.
Look at the growing seeker sensitive churches across our land and you will find a theology attached to them. This theology is what many call the False Grace message – meaning: Christ saved me from all sin; therefore, they can go and sin as much as I want because it’s all covered. They don’t have to work out my salvation every day like it says in Phil. 2:12.
The blood of Jesus is powerful.
Why? His blood paid the price for our freedom from sin. Our freedom from forever death. Isaiah 53 confirms this truth. His blood also cleanses us from impurity. Isaiah 53 and Revelation 7:14 describes how we can wash ourselves clean in His blood.
Now, I’ve never used blood to make something clean, blood mostly does the opposite. But the impurities we have – sin – can only be cleaned by the costly pure blood of someone who never sinned. Jesus is the God who became flesh to die for the payment of our sin. His blood makes us clean.
His blood brings us into covenant with Him.
We now have a binding agreement with God, a right to walk with Him, and enter His kingdom now and in eternity.
His blood reminds Satan of his defeat at the cross.
Colossians 2:15 NIV
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
The Church in America is straying from this timeless and powerful truth in pursuit of worship that engages the senses and emotions. Its not to say that senses aren’t good or useful but we cannot base our entire Christian faith on them – or be led by them. Scripture even says that our hearts are deceitfully wicked and cannot be trusted.
We have to use Gods word as a plumb line for what we believe. The bible itself predicts that in the last days many will turn away from the faith and will follow deceptive teachings. Using Gods own word, we are to be wise about any teaching we hear, and line what we hear with His word, and only follow what His word says.
A song goes into the deepest parts of our memory, and can stay there for our whole lives. Every time we walk into a worship setting, we are opening ourselves up to God in that place, and whatever those words happen to be on that screen, we sing in agreement with.
For the record, I love presence songs. They take you places. But a steady diet of them is like eating a lot of dinner rolls without eating anything else. What’s needed is a full balanced meal of song and spoken truth to digest His words.
The worship time, is the sacred space where we spend time intimately pursuing God, talking to Him, giving Him thanks, hearing Him talking to us, proclaiming Who He is, and letting that truth change us. It is so vital for us to become transformed into His image in that secret place.
I want to sing about the cross. Not because it is the elementary starting point of my faith, but because I can never get passed the most precious, costly thing my God has ever done for me.
As worship leader Matt Redman so rightly sings, “may we never lose the wonder of the cross.”