What is “Worship” Music, Anyway?

by | Sep 4, 2020

Worship music is something that transcends genre…

It transcends preferences…

It transcends time…

Recently, I wrote about “contemporary” worship vs “biblical” worship…

I think it’s extremely important to understand how the term “worship” is not something we can simplify to a genre.

Growing up, I would often hear pastors say something like, “Praise and Worship music is Wrong” (I’m toning them down a bit, here…)

So—let me get this straight:

Music that “praises” and “worships” God is…….wrong? How can this possibly be true?

And here, friends, we’re back to the heart of the matter.

The heart of worship deals with:

  • Attitude
  • Motive
  • Spiritual discipline
  • Relationship to God
  • Reverence and adoration of God

We do God a disservice by associating the term “worship” with a particular style of music.

Do you see the point?

Question: Why do you think we called our blog/podcast The Worship Guys?

Is it because we only teach how to play one style/genre of music?

Of course not.

In fact, we teach how to play music by numbers with hymns (both traditional and modern) and even southern gospel songs, in addition to what one might call “contemporary” worship.

…Again, we all know what the term means, but do you see how the terminology itself is lacking and unhelpful?

What do you suggest we do about it, Steve?

Frankly, I haven’t the slightest idea.

Much of the time, I raise more questions than I do give answers. Oh well.

Regardless, I am going to try to work this out…slowly but surely…

If we’re still calling Awesome God a contemporary song—even though it was written and first performed in 1988—our terms are flawed.


Regardless of what style of music you like to play, we can help you play it faster and better than ever before…that is—if you can count to 7.

Think that’s doable?

Click here to find out: www.WorshipByNumbers.com

Steve Schramm

P.S. — Perhaps we just start calling it ALL “worship music.” In which case, looks like The Worship Guys was the right choice 🙂

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