Barred eight notes

worshipYou’ve probably noticed that the Dayspring symbol for worship is a musical symbol (barred eighth notes). As we were developing the symbol, I found myself a bit hesitant to use it, because although the term “worship” is now used interchangeably with “Church music;” worship isn’t about the music itself at all.

Anyone can sing a song, and really get into it, but is that worship? If we expand this to say that worship time is on Sunday morning, what are we doing with the other 167 hours in the week? Didn’t God call us to do everything for the glory of God? Isn’t true worship about bringing glory to God? John Piper once said that “If what you do to worship God in a church service doesn’t motivate you towards greater obedience, then call it what you will, but it isn’t worship!”

It’s my prayer and greatest desire that what we do musically on Sunday morning is in fact worshipful, and does motivate us to worship God in all other aspects of our lives, through obedience. With this as a focus in our music, I think that the musical symbol is then very appropriately used in representation of our worship at Dayspring. Not that worship only happens on Sunday morning, but that when we gather as a congregation, we are empowered through music to worship God in all other areas of our lives.

This verse really sums it up for me:

Psalm 40:3

“And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”


2 thoughts on “Barred eight notes

  1. I’ve always been a fan of Shaun Groves, and on his second album, he has a few live songs. On “Here I Am”, he starts with a discussion about worship, and I think it’s the best description I’ve heard. He says:

    “Are you guys ready to worship with me tonight?

    Worship is not a song. Worship is my response to God with all that I am, to all that He is, to all that He has done, is doing, and will do in me, through me, around me, and in spite of me. But it’s not just a song. Worship is our response with all of our lives, everything that we’ve been given, to all that God is. And so if we come here into this place, and we raise our hands and we raise our voices but we don’t stretch these hands out when we leave this place, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and fight for the poor and for the oppressed, then what you and I have done is worshipped a singer or a song, but not a god. So let me ask you again, are you ready to worship with me tonight?”

    Gives me chills everytime I hear it, and convicts me to go and do more.

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