Many of the songs we sing congregationally seem to ignore the fact that the Lord is truly present in our service. When we sing about God—as opposed to singing to Him—it is as though we’re declaring, or at least implying, that He is somewhere else.
Think about it this way. What if you and I were to have a conversation about our friend Jeremy? It might go like this.
“I really like Jeremy. He’s a great friend.”
“I agree. That guy is always ready to help anyone who needs help. Plus, he’s just a lot of fun to be around.”
“No doubt about it. Jeremy is one of my favorite people to hang with.”
Don’t those statements imply that Jeremy is not present? They may express how we really feel, but if we had that conversation while Jeremy was standing in between us, wouldn’t that seem at least a little bit strange?
Yet, we often do that very thing with our songs in church. We sing songs about the Lord’s kindness and compassion, His love and holiness, all the while ignoring that He is present. Acknowledging that He is actually there by singing to Him can change our perspective. The risen Christ really is here!