Many of my Christian friends love the musical portions of worship gatherings. Often, the “praise and worship” time is the highlight of their church experience.
In addition to that, they love to have times of worship as they listen to their favorite Christian music in the car, at their desk, while running, or wherever they happen to be listening to music.
Some prefer the hymns of Charles Wesley. Some prefer Gregorian chant. Some enjoy Bill Gaither. Others enjoy Josh Garrels. Some like Steven Curtis Chapman. Others like the Newsboys. Some geek out to Sandi Patty. Others geek out to Lecrae. The list could go on an on, featuring Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Gungor, for King and Country, Kirk Franklin, tobymac, etc.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Christian music. However, I do experience great times of worship through music. Some of my favorite worship bands are Rage Against the Machine, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Pearl Jam, Minor Threat, Radiohead, Public Enemy, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Poncho Sanchez, R.E.M., and many other bands who probably don’t actually qualify as a worship band.
But, isn’t worship less about the music and more about our hearts connecting with God?
When non-Christian bands make beautiful, quality music, I find my heart connecting with God. When musicians sing about love, justice, lament, struggle, and concern for the common man, my heart connects with God. When Snarky Puppy’s horn section plays some incredible harmonies, the hairs on the back of my neck stand, I get goose bumps, and my heart connects with God. I could go on and on…
So, this morning, I found myself worshiping with the Foo Fighters. And, it doesn’t hurt that, in this particular recording, Gary Clark, Jr. is providing some lead guitar magic! Maybe it will heal your soul!
“I’m lost, deliver me
I crossed the river finally
God as my witness
Yeah it’s gonna heal my soul tonight”
~Foo Fighters, “What Did I Do/God as My Witness”