Yesterday, I started reading a fantastic new book, With One Voice, by Reggie Kidd. Mr. Kidd unpacks a theology of Song that is rooted in biblical theology, supported by rigorous exegesis, and communicated in reverent playfullness. I’m only on p. 54, but I totally resonnate with the author’s premise: the missing element in both our corporate and private worship (i.e. our life!) is that we don’t factor in the role of the Singing Savior. “For the Bible says that in the church Jesus is singing hymns to the Father (Heb. 2:12) and that, in fact, he is our Worship Leader (Heb. 8:2)” (p. 21). This is liberating stuff. I mean, how many times do we throw it all on ourselves to conjur up the right feelings of devotion, praise, passion, and repentance towards God? Or maybe we think it’s the so-called “worship-leader’s” job to get us excited about singing so that we can really “worship” God. This is not only self-defeating, but it gospel-defeating. Jesus has not only died for us, he lives for us, he intercedes for us, he SINGS for us! Check out this quote:
Here in a nutshell is the entire glorious mystery of the New Testament. By virtue of his resurrection, Jesus is alive in such a way that he can be both “with us” and “for us.” Simultaneously he is “in the midst of the assembly” and in the heavenly Jerusalem ever interceding for us. A permanent Singer has been installed. From one perspective, he sings with us in the church; from another he intercedes for us in heaven. When the church gathers in worship, earth and heaven converge. When we sing we are not singing by ourselves. There is a higher song going on above ours and a deeper song going on beneath ours.
Reggie Kidd, With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2005) p. 115.
The author also has a website with lots of helpful resources on worship, biblical studies, music, and a blog.