Has anyone else noticed that most worship songs are written in the first person singular? Granted, each person’s varied church experience will influence the types of worship songs they sing, but lately I’ve noticed that almost every worship song I’ve been singing was laced with “I”, “me”, “my”, etc. There is not necessarily anything inherently wrong with singing a personal song of worship to honor and thank our God – or from doing so in a group setting, but doesn’t it seem that when we gather together corporately, we should be singing to God from a perspective of “we”? Sometimes I even replace these singular pronouns their plural equivalent because it forces me to think about myself as a part of this group of believers gathered together called the “church”.
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many…. As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” -I Corinthians 12.14, 20
The reason I point this out is that we, as a society, tend to be fiercely individualistic and seem to have largely rejected any sense of responsibility to, or need of, a community. Look no further than to the items at your grocery store’s checkout stand. All the snack and candy options there are packaged for one person. It is the same with the drinks available in the mini fridge. And then look at the magazines that magnify and elaborate in abundant detail the everyday happenings of our favorite celebrities. We praise, honor, and desire to be like these celebrities who have risen above the rest of us lowly humans. But this mentality goes directly contrary to God’s value system.
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” -James 4.6b
God has created us to be a community – a close knit group of people – who gather together and identify with each other on the basis of our mutual relationship with his son Jesus. We are individually responsible for our thoughts, words, and actions, but we are also one part of a whole and need each other in order to mature into a closer resemblance of the life of Jesus. We can’t do this alone. It’s not about just me.