You’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:
“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.”