Hi everyone, I just came across a blog post by Michael Gungor that speaks to some things I’ve been feeling convicted about. He writes, “Approximately 70 percent of the Psalms are laments. Approximately 0 percent of the top 150 CCLI songs (songs song most in churches) are laments.”
As I’ve been reading through Psalms, I’ve been struck by how I’ve often ignored the laments and skipped to the “good stuff.” David had a unique revelation of Christ, as much as I’ve seen in the Old Testament. And yet, he was very honest and transparent about what he was going through, not just saying, “I have the victory, so it’s all good.”
One purpose of OurWorshipSound.com is to inspire worship that is authentic. (Another common adjective is “real,” but I don’t care for the way that word is used most of the time, because when most people say they’re being “real,” they’re really just referring to their culturally-skewed perception of reality instead of God’s perspective, which is the only true “real,” but I digress.) To be authentic, we have to admit that there’s a time to “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15) and to face our own laments without covering them up. That said, there’s also a time to lift up our eyes, but we’ve mostly got that covered in our worship expression.
Michael expresses some of these thoughts very well. I’m still wrestling with what to do in terms of my songwriting and corporate song selection, but this was good food for thought:
Grace and peace,