Lyrical Theology

Over the next little while I’d like to do a series of posts using lyrical theology. Lyrical theology is, by my own definition, the truths of the God’s Word expressed in the form of music. Ideally, all Christian music should contain lyrical theology. Songs written by Christian artists should contain God’s truth or at the very least be inspired by it. Songs that are sung in a worship setting, in particular, need to contain lyrical theology. There is a difference between inspirational Christian music and worshipful Christian music used for gatherings. In the posts that will follow, we’ll be using worship and praise music designed for Church gatherings.

We see lyrical theology most obviously in the book of Psalms. Primarily written by David (famous for his slaying of the giant Goliath), the Psalms are a collection of poems and songs that have a variety of purposes. They declare God’s wonderful deeds; they sing praises to his name; they cry out for his mercy; they call upon him to defend the innocent; they draw forth a heart of repentance. Yet through all of this variety, David (and the other authors) clearly demonstrate a keen understanding of God’s Word. As such, their lyrics are Biblically informed and click with not only the emotions but the mind as well. This is lyrical theology at its best.

Though the Psalms hold a special place as divine Scripture, good lyrical theology can be found in plenty of both newer and older Christian songs too. Over the course of some time I will take some of my favourite Christian songs and write what will essentially be devotional posts based on the songs lyrical theology. I hope that it encourages you to listen to good Christian music, be mindful of the words, and to worship God on a whole new level.

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