I logged into Spotify the other night to view an advertisement for Hillsong United’s newest album titled, Empires. There is no denying the reach of the Hillsong church, founded in Australia and now located in branches across the world. As with any mega-church, you can find positive and negative stories online from current and former members.
The music of Hillsong has shaped modern worship.
I went to Amazon to check reviews on the album and saw the lowest reviewer making this statement, “is it just me or have their last few albums gotten slower? I miss their up tempo music.” This statement shines light on an important part of faith and life.
Oceans is one of Val’s favorite songs. I have no issue with slower worship anthems. They can certainly bring us close to God and carry us into the spirit of worship. My problem is when we turn our back from the joy of praise to sell more units and move more downloads. I tried to get through every song on Empires and couldn’t do it.
It was too slow.
Now before we get technical about shaping worship experiences and flow, let’s consider something.
What will Heaven sound like?
How about an eternity of joy, perfect love, praise and the presence of the Creator? No more fear. No more suffering. No more illness. No more tears. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take an eternity of an explosion of praise, to let go and let loose and finally see salvation in the purest and complete form.
I’ll leave you with my current favorite worship song from Tim Hughes and Worship Central and a great example of a declaration of praise: