Recently I downloaded an album of Matt Redman’s as I reckon he is one of the better song writers out there when it comes to worshipful songs.
I have been inspired by his ‘Blessed Be Your Name’, a song that declares that God is worthy of praise in the good the bad and the ugly – not just when he makes me feel good. This is a gutsy song that requires some faith just to sing and that seems to tap into the parts of us that sometimes wonder if God is still there in drak times. You can’t sing it casually.
But I have also found it very difficult to listen to ‘Let Your Words Be Few’, which is in essence more of a love song to Jesus. I don’t have any problem declaring my love for Jesus and my allegiance to him, but the song frames it as ‘Jesus I am so in love with you’…
It was my friend Mike Frost who put his finger on what disturbs me with this, when he spoke of how romantic love has been elevated to the highest status in our society so that now the most powerful statement is about that of ‘being in love’. In many ways this is a western cultural reading of what it means to love Jesus – to be ‘in love with him’ as if he were our partner.
Aside from the fact that this just doesn’t cut it for a vast majority of blokes I don’t think it is what the Bible intended either. David is probably the most expressive worship song writer in the scriptures and he is clear in his expressions of love and adoration for God, but I’m not convinced he took his cues from a romantic idea of love.
I like Matt Redman’s stuff by and large, but I think this one may have slipped thru the cracks.