For example - we sing something like: "We lift our hands to praise you", but no one actually raises their hands, they just sing the song and stand or sit there.
I talked to another pastor once, who told me that he tells his church, that when they sing songs that say, "we raise our hands", that they should actually raise their hands in praise, because otherwise they are setting a precedent for themselves that they say one thing, but actually do another.
I think that's a really good point, and ever since, I have sought to do the same.
This came to my mind again, as I was recently somewhere where the worship leader happened to be singing a song called "I Will Not Forget," which, by the way, I think is a great and meaningful song. There are just two lines in it that make me wonder.
First, there is a line that says - A wild dance I dance before you.
I think its great to dance before the Lord as David danced - I'm all for that. It just struck me as odd to have a bunch of people who are sitting in chairs singing "a wild dance I dance before you".
Maybe its just me splitting hairs. Maybe its supposed to be metaphoric. Maybe its supposed to be a reference to something we do in general - not just right there. I don't know.
But the line that really gets me is the one that says - A huge bell I ring.
Now, I could see how dancing a wild dance is something a person might do from time to time, but ringing a huge bell? For the Lord? What is that? Is this some form of worship I didn't know about?
Not to mention that the word "huge" is not the most poetic word, I can think of only two instances where this might be actually true:
- If you are Quasimodo, or someone who does the same job as Quasimodo
- If you are in a bell choir, and it is your job to ring the "huge" bell (meaning that this would not apply to the people ringing the tiny, small, medium, or moderately-large bells).
Again, probably this is just metaphorical, but I just don't want to get in the habit of saying one thing and doing another.