I absolutely love music. I guess that should be obvious considering I am a musician/worship leader. But truly, I really love music… to be more specific, I really love LIVE music. There is just something about hearing your favorite band live, am I right? They might play a song a little different, there are always extended jam sessions, crowd interactions, etc.
There is something to be said about the way music makes you feel. There is so much emotion in music. If you are listening to an upbeat, positive song – your emotions are positive. If you are listening to a real slow, contemplative tune – your emotions turn in a more serious, solemn direction. Music, simply put, changes the way you feel.
One of the most interesting actions that I have started to become more in tune with is the lifting of hands. It happens EVERYWHERE! I have never been to a concert (or any event for that matter) that people didn’t raise their hands at some point for one reason or another.
Recently, I was watching a live concert of one of my favorite bands- Thirty Seconds To Mars. They were playing at a festival in Germany and they were rocking it (as usual!) What I was truly mesmerized with was how well Jared Leto (the lead singer) led these people in worship. WHAT?!? Yeah, I know that’s exactly what your first reaction to that statement was. But lets really think about what it means…
Leto was getting the crowd involved in every aspect of their show. He had them singing, lifting their hands, dancing, and cheering… not for Jesus, but for the band (or himself) and the songs. Sounds a lot like worship to me. You see, we are created to worship (I know you have heard this a million times… or maybe not). It’s the reason we go crazy at sports events, concerts, and movies. We get SO into what is happening and how GREAT it is and we WORSHIP it. I am guilty of this all the time. I go crazy during football season, I go to movies all the time, and I absolutely love music. Unfortunately, if none of these things are bringing glory to Jesus, I am an idolater…and so are YOU! Being a Christ follower is a continuous struggle between who we should worship and what we DO worship.
“Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4