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We keep singing… as the hungry roam the streets

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in blog links, discipleship, missional, service, worship | 2 comments

Joel at “The Double Edged Sword” wrote a post called “Leave the Walls Behind.” Like I told him in a comment, I still have decided if I’m glad that he wrote this post at all.

Most of the post (all except for two short sentences at the top) is the lyrics to a song by Leeland called “While We Sing.” (I don’t keep up with the music industry that much, so I don’t know if Leeland or the song “While We Sin” is or was popular.

Regardless of the popularity, I thought the lyrics were worth contemplating.

Here’s a video of the song (with lyrics):

By the way, before you point out that God desires for us to praise him – even with our singing – I want to remind you of this passage from Isaiah:

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations – I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:10-17 ESV)

It’s clear that God desired for the children of Israel to bring sacrifices to him, but he didn’t want them in this passage. It’s clear that God wanted his children to pray to him – but not in this passage. God had told people how to honor the Sabbath and to hold special feasts, but in this passage he said he had grown weary of them.

What was missing? Why had God grown tired of these displays of affection and worship that he hod told people to bring to him? Perhaps the reason similar to the lyrics of the Leeland song “While We Sing” above…

What if God is tired of hearing all of our songs of praise for the same reason?


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  1. 12-13-2011

    True confession: sometimes I catch myself singing worship songs because worship makes me feel good, or just because I like the song. But worship as defined by Romans 12:1 is a transformed life, which causes us to sing for joy and gratitude but also means carrying the light out to the streets and “give Your love away”.

  2. 12-13-2011


    Thanks for sharing your confession! I’ve found myself in the same state.