We left off yesterday with a promise of an explanation of why worship music works better for me than soaking music in slipping into the Presence of the Lord. If you don’t like what I have to say, remember that it is just an opinion, not a biblical truth. You’re entitled to yours, too.
I usually get frustrated when I try to draw near to God with “soaking music” playing. Some of those women wax screamy as they get excited about what they are singing prophetically. Some wax silly. (I quickly flip over the song about God’s Presence enveloping the singer like a marshmallow.) One track on that same marshmallow CD has a guy grunting throughout: “Ooh! Aah! Ooh! Aah! Ooh! Aah!” I’m not sure what’s wrong with him. Perhaps he has digestive problems. But it sounds coarse. It is hard to be in God’s Presence and stay there when you want to burst out laughing at the goofiness of it all. I must give them credit, though — if an enhanced ability to visualize is the goal, they have succeeded. Even we nonpictorial types get some pretty funny images floating through our brains when this stuff is going on!
But seriously, I noticed early-on that worship music — Gateway, Hillsong, Third Day, Twila Paris, Rita Springer, Daniel Brymer, etc. — enhances focusing on the Lord, while some soaking music doesn’t do that for me. And I wondered why. The focus of the music is the key. Worship music is about Jesus. Much of the soaking music is about us. Worship music extols His greatness, His character. Soaking music is often filled with prophetic encouragement about the destiny we have ahead of us. Soaking music may talk about how much we desire the Lord, the longing of our heart for Him, and that is wonderful, but it is still about us more than it is about Him. This is not true across the board, but it is a general theme I have noticed. If you like that theme, that’s fine. If it gets you into God’s Presence, good. But it leaves a real lack in my heart. I feel like I’m missing something, when the song is all about me.
Tomorrow, I’ll wrap this series up with some concluding philosophical meanderings.