"Repetition in worship songs helps get the word of God in our hearts" by: Caleb Gibson

   One of my hopes coming out of this pandemic is that many artists will have written new music. 
   That is something that will turn what was meant for our harm to turn out for our good. 
   In writing songs, some complain that songs are too repetitive. They believe that we need more theology in our songs. 
   I think this is true to a degree, I always enjoy more grace-based lyrics. But having repetition in music is actually something good. 
   Now I don’t have a problem when people criticize songs because I do it as well. Over the years I have definitely heard songs and talked about them with people. 
   Yet as I have gotten older, I have been less critical and more understanding that music can be metaphorical and artistic. 
   For me, specifically what crosses the line is when some teachers talk about Charismatic worship. 
   So, should we have repetition is our worship music? Here are three passages that teach us that it is good.
   The first is Psalm 136 which repeats the phrase, “For His loving kindness is everlasting.”
That phrase is repeated for each verse in this Psalm. 
   As Christians let’s inspire people to worship. Some may feel awkward lifting their hands, but if you are by them worshiping with your arms up, they will feel better about doing it as well. 
   I’m sure the Psalmist may have gotten tired writing that phrase, yet it was a God ordained repetition. 
   There is a balanced way to praise God. Worship should be genuine. 
   We shouldn’t just fake it, and we should also press through days when we do not feel like worship. 
   God doesn’t just deserve my adoration on my good days, He deserves it on my bad days as well. 
   Some Sunday mornings I’m tired, but I know that God loves to hear me worship. So, it is the motivation of the Lord that causes me to sing.
   The next verse is in Matthew 26:44 when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
   We read that Jesus prayed, “the same thing” three times. Worship is prayer with music. 
   If Jesus can repeat a prayer three times, I think that it is fine to have repetition in worship. 
   Finally, in the book of Revelation 4:8 we read that there were angels who worship the Lord, “day and night they never stop saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’”
   Obviously as a guitar player, I get tired of playing the same song over and over again. Yet there is a proper balance of the two. 
   Repetition is not ungodly. In fact, it is Biblical to sing a song with repetition. 
   We should also be creative and worship the Lord with Biblical and unique lyrics.
   Let’s sing a new song to the Lord just as Psalm 96:1 tells us, “Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.”
God also wants us to meditate on God’s word. 
   When someone says something once, you may not get it. 
   When someone says something over and over, you are sure to remember it. Music helps us remember as well. Read Psalm 136 today. 
   Get this phrase in your heart, “For His loving kindness is everlasting.”
   This Psalm reminds us that we need to get the word of God in our hearts. 
   There are many ways to worship God. We can play a new song from the Lord and we can repeat a song again until it gets in our soul.

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