J.D. I love the Clint Black Quote. Songs totally invoke strong memories for me.
In response to your question…What does song (which we’ve established can create a world) have to do with worship?
It’s interesting that the first place in scripture where God’s people break out in “song” is directly after the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground. “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted…” (Ex. 15:1ff)
[a jubilant song of praise reciting God's great action in saving them]
Next we find the Israelites singing at the site of the well where the Lord many years earlier had said to Moses. “Gather the people together and I will give them water.” Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it…” (Numb. 21:16)
[a song of remembrance taking them back to a day of God's great provision]
Then we find another song with an intriguing introduction. Here we have God saying to Moses “Now write down for yourselves this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.” (Deut. 31:19)
[a "teaching" song to bring conviction on those who'd forgotten their God]
Check this out…next comes the Song of Deborah in Judges 5. I Love this! within the song itself we find a cry to the powerful rulers asking them to “consider the voice of the singers at the watering places. They recite the righteous acts of the Lord…”
I think this phrase really gets it…God’s people recite in song the righteous acts of the Lord.
Song has the powerful capacity not only to teach but to help us remember in such a way that we are carried into that world. What could it mean for a song to carry us to the parting Red Sea, to the manger or the Christ child, or to the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost? It means that we are entering into God’s reality – the Kingdom. Which is why JD’s post on Narnia vs. Nirvana is so key. Do we worship to escape reality or do we worship to embrace reality?
Anything to add Master Yoda?