I remember Matt Redman saying in an article or book that he aims to write songs that reveal the different aspects of God’s character. His album, The Friendship and the Fear, is a good example of that. On the same note, worship leaders should choose songs that reveal different aspects of God’s character – for instance, songs about God’s holiness, the fear of the Lord, His second coming and His righteousness along with songs about His love, mercy, grace, friendship and provision. This will help worshippers grow in understanding the different aspects of God’s character.
Congregational worship must not only remind us of the amazing grace and wondrous love of God but also inspire us to live a truly holy and purposeful life for God. Thus, the selection of songs for congregational worship is of critical importance because church music has the ability to influence our beliefs which would determine how we choose to live.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom.12:1-2)