When someone lets you know about the latest viral hit or top-selling album, it’s tempting to feel out of the loop if you didn’t know about it (I have yet to investigate this Harlem Shake thing, don’t tempt me…).
For example, the way worship leaders at our church choose songs is mainly driven by the preaching themes, the contours of the gospel message, and a desire to apply Colossians 3:16′s “sing the Word” principle.
So our church music library only has half of these top 25 songs (italicised in the list above). As a result, we’ve only sung five of them in 2012 (in bold), and at most 10 of them in the past two years.
It’s tempting for some Christians to wonder if they’re missing out by not singing the songs that everyone else is singing, as if the wisdom of the crowds solely determined what was essential for growth as a Christian.
No – what we need the most in our songs are words and melodies to “let the word of Christ dwell richly in us, teaching and admonishing one another…” (Col 3:16). If it comes from well-crafted songs from the top 25, that’s fantastic. But if it comes from from less-popular songs, from hearing the Bible read and explained, and from sharing how God’s working in our lives – that’s fantastic too, and we’re not missing out at all.