I heard a fun new song by Jarrod Cooper on Sunday, called “Lockdown Praise”. There are lots of guidelines relating to places of worship at the moment, one being that we’re not allowed to sing, and the song says: “They can lock me down, try to shut me up, but I’m never gonna stop praising”.
My favourite line in the song? “There’s a sound the church makes when she’s singing that changes atmospheres”. Perhaps I like it because it reminds me of a specific time when my family lost a loved one. In the aftermath, I went to a meeting of the Overcomers group I was in, and we had a time of singing and worshipping God. I can’t explain this, except to say I felt lighter at the end than I did at the beginning.
A line in an older worship song declares that in God’s presence, our problems disappear. I personally don’t feel comfortable singing that. Thinking of our family’s situation, the problem didn’t disappear for me, but the weight of it did. Our loved one had still gone, but I felt more able to cope with the grief. I’ve never successfully put that into words, but “There’s a sound the church makes when she’s singing that changes atmospheres” really seems to do it for me. Thanks, Jarrod.