Have you ever sat in a church or campus ministry worship gathering, and you thought to yourself, “I don’t feel like worshiping today”? All of us have been there at some point. When we’re going about our busy life, and we’ve got other things on our mind, we don’t always feel like singing worship songs. Why does this happen? We forget what we know to be true. We forget who God is and what He has done! In those times when we don’t feel like worshiping, we’re never thinking about the all-powerful, sovereign, holy, gracious, and loving God who created the universe. We’re not thinking about how God rescued us from sin and made us a part of His Kingdom.
The reason why music is a part of worship is because it helps remind us of those truths. Even when we don’t feel like singing, we still sing to the Lord. In Psalm 57, the psalmist reflects on what God has done, and he responds in verse 7 with “My heart is confident, God, my heart is confident. I will sing; I will sing praises.” What is he confident in? He’s confident in the Lord. That is the basis of our worship. Our feelings may distract us, but we have to remind ourselves of what we know to be true. Regardless of the musical style or age, good worship songs remind us of God’s attributes and His works.