I love motorcycles. In particular, I love dirt bikes. At the tender age of five my parents gave me 50cc’s of pure joy. As grew the rider, so did the horsepower! The last bike I owned was a Suzuki RM-Z 450f which I sold when I got married (a pretty good trade). Now I drive a Toyota Hybrid with two car seats in the back. Things change.

An interesting fact about motorcycles, and I hope I’m not getting too technical, is this: no matter how sophisticated or modern the technology, all motorcycles must have fuel in order to be used. From the Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede[1] to this year’s Cycle News Top Pick, the Yamaha YZ-450f, this fact has been true for any motorcycle in history – no fuel, no action.

I’ve heard a statement over and over again that is concerning when it comes to church music. The statement goes something like, “I want to worship God better, but those songs are so old-fashioned I can’t worship God from the heart when we sing them as a church.” The descriptive language varies. Some think the music is too old-fashioned while others think it’s too new. Some think it resembles southern music too much while others wish it had more of a southern flavor. Whatever the personal preference the sentiment is the same: ”There’s a problem with the music and that’s why I can’t worship God from the heart.”

An interesting fact about music is this: no matter your musical preferences, you must have the fuel of God’s Word in order to worship God from the heart. From Moses who sang the first recorded song in the Bible to the believer who writes songs today, this fact has been true for anyone who sings to God – no fuel, no action.

Colossians 3:16 says,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

I understand different people like different kinds of music, but I have real concern for believers (often young believers) who say they can’t worship God by singing Amazing Grace or other old songs. Could it be the problem isn’t with the music? Maybe the tank is empty.

-Keith Birdsong

[1] This is arguably the first motorcycle, but if you disagree we can still be friends. http://www.bicyclehistory.net/motorcycle-history/first-motorcycle/