Worship Metaphors And The Rich

Metaphors in literature and poetry are used to uncover truth. They draw attention to realities that are otherwise hard to perceive by drawing on imagery from another source. They enlighten and reveal. But not in worship music.

In worship songs, the most common metaphors are not used to highlight unspoken truth but to provide broad, generic imagery to allow everyone to project their own circumstances and situations into congregational singing

This is why we sing about mountains, oceans, valleys and storms; they can mean anything.

However, the flip side of meaning anything is that they also mean nothing.

Metaphors should illuminate. But in worship lyrics, they obfuscate.

So why do we use these tired images to represent difficulty and struggle and avoid speaking about specific issues in our corporate worship songs?

When I think of all the people in my church community – and the other communities I’ve been part of over the years- there are two issues that are most commonly hidden by generic worship metaphors that many people are struggling with: sickness and financial difficulties.

These are almost universal issues for families and communities, yet we avoid singing about them specifically. Instead we turn to ‘mountains’ and ‘storms’.

I believe this is because it is uncomfortable and irrelevant for those who struggle with them the least: the rich and healthy.

There is more at: https://fullyalive.blog/2020/10/06/david-gate-worship-metaphors-and-the-rich/

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