I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. (Psalm 40:9–10)
This Sunday we’re ditching the drums, bass, and electric guitar.
Instead, we’re opting for much simpler instrumentation—just an acoustic guitar and a keyboard.
This is nothing new to LifePoint. We do what we call “acoustic sets” on a regular basis. I want to take this opportunity to point out why this instrumentally minimal approach to musical worship is a gift to our church.
I wonder how often we view acoustic sets as second-rate.
When you walk in on a Sunday morning and see only an acoustic guitar and keyboard on stage, have you ever been tempted to assume that, because of the sparse musical arrangement, church will somehow be less exciting? Allow me to point out two things that might shift your perspective.
First, acoustic sets push back on our impulse to confuse the movement of God’s presence with musical dynamic.
We come to church to respond to God and His revelation, not music.
Many worship songs are aided by powerful musical arrangements. But by minimizing the musical dynamic with a more basic arrangement, it can serve to expose what exactly it is we are responding to. In this way, acoustic sets can provide an occasion for us to evaluate the integrity of our response to God.
Second, acoustic sets allow the congregation’s singing to be highlighted.
The most important sound in the room on a Sunday morning is the voice of the church declaring “the glad news of deliverance.”
Gathered worship isn’t about observing the performance of a handful of skilled musicians; it is about us allowing the Word of Christ to dwell richly in our hearts as we sing and participate in worship together. In this way, says Paul, we are instructing and encouraging one another by our song (see Col. 3:16).
For LifePoint, acoustic sets can serve as a poignant reminder of these two things.
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- When the church sings together, what are you responding to? Is it God’s presence among His people? Or is it the music? Take a moment to assess your heart and ask God to search you. Pray that He would make you a true worshiper who doesn’t depend upon a certain musical arrangement for an encounter with Him.
- How will you participate this Sunday? Will you come ready to sing and to engage with God’s presence among the church? Will you come ready to teach and instruct the church with your singing? Take some time to sing along with the songs below. As you do, focus your heart and mind upon the lyrics. Make them your prayer of praise and adoration to the God who delivers.
Set List for Sunday, March 10, 2019:
- Worthy Of Your Name (B. Brown, S. Curran, B. Younker)
- The Passion (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, S. Davenport)
- Before the Throne (C. Bancroft, V. Cook)
- Heart Abandoned (S. Curran, K. Stanfill)
- More to Come (J. Ingram, K. Stanfill, P. Wickham, B. Younker)