So personally, I've been internally struggling with an issue regarding my perspective on worship songs specifically. First, allow me to begin with a (verb) definition of worship I found online.
Worship: (v) To honor and love as a deity.
That said, let me give a brief background of myself as an individual. I am the worship leader of a church in the Northwestern United States. The church is a small one, with over a half of a century of history, and over that time, they have come to love their hymns. Being raised away from the church, when I was saved, I learned to worship with mostly contemporary worship songs, as they connected with my preferred style of music. Our church has become accustomed to the 'blended' worship service, using multiple types of worship songs during each service. For the most part, we have resolved the 'hymn vs. contemporary' issue that has come up in many a church around the world.
Personally, I think of my self as an intellectual being, and I am very rational-minded. I like to make sure things done in church services are done with intention and on purpose with direct meaning. Being in the leadership position I am in our church, I have the trust of the congregation to choose the worship songs for each Sunday, as God leads. And as you all know, sometimes, new songs are introduced. But with my rational mind, I view the worship song portion of the service as the verb definition states, to honor and love God. The actual action of doing this in a musical medium is what I feel called to lead (as well as arranging special music pieces, dramas/skits, etc.).
But with all of this said, here's my struggle: I feel the physical act of musically worshiping God includes singing from our lips to God's 'ears'. It makes sense to me that singing of God's glory to Him and acknowledging His works and His greatness to Him directly is as natural as speaking to you directly so you can hear/read what I'm saying and know that I'm speaking to you. It makes a clear distinction in our hearts and minds of who we are communicating with. So when I choose worship songs, I tend to choose songs that are directed towards God specifically (like How Great Thou Art [Boberg/Hine], Open The Eyes Of My Heart [Baloche], or Your Grace Is Enough [Maher]). I feel that many Christian songs, although good natured and God oriented, aren't necessarily worship songs in my point of view (like Amazing Grace [Newton], Awesome God [Mullins] or Made To Worship [Tomlin]). So to me, using them during service seems to be straying from the intention of musical worship from singing TO God, to singing ABOUT God. And that isn't the point of a musical worship time as a congregation in my opinion. This directly effects my duties in ministry as there are hundreds of hymns and thousands of songs that aren't addressing God directly. So this greatly handicaps my song selection when it comes to Sunday morning worship. I want Sunday morning worship to be a time for the congregation to sing TO God, and not have a sing along ABOUT God.
I have spent many hours in thought and in prayer about this situation and would like to bring this dilemma to you, the reader in efforts to resolve this issue in my mind and in my heart. My intention is to either finish this conflict with a resolved feeling and internally okay with choosing only songs directed toward God (for the most part) for congregational worship, or coming to an understanding of how to worship God directly without singing to Him directly. I'm just looking for a rational resolution. Is there any thought, point of view, scripture, etc. that you might have to offer that would help me to understand and feel at peace with a resolution of this view on the act of musical worship during a church service? Gracias y via con Dios!