Music is not my strong “suit”. I was always thankful when there were capable people in the congregation to assist me in choosing music used in the worship services. I seldom questioned their judgment because I recognized their musical abilities far surpassed my abilities. However this past week I questioned the content of one of the “praise songs” sung at the church I attended. Perhaps I am wrong but I ask you as reader to give me some advice. The song is “Indescribable”. In describing God with many characteristics it included in that list that God is “untameable”. I never heard of that attribute and am not certain as to what that means. In fact as I type the word in this document and have the “red line” to indicate improper spelling; spell check does not have any suggestions as to the spelling of “untameable”.
One of the tasks of the consistory according to Article 52 is, “The consistory shall see to it that the synodically approved Bible verses, liturgical forms, and songs are used, and that the principles and elements of the order of worship approved by Synod are observed”. I admit that since I retired from ministry I am not as aware of what Synod has approved concerning worship and specifically music as I was when I was active in ministry. So I wonder about the “Praise Songs” sung in many of our churches that have their origins in a different theological background than our Reformed background? I wonder to what extent consistories are involved in reviewing the words for theological correctness in the “Praise Songs”? Specifically, I wonder is it correct to describe God as “untameable”? I would be the first to admit that when involved in a church plant in Chandler, AZ, I failed to challenge the consistory to review the content of the “Praise Songs” used in our worship services. I have a suspicion that is true for many of our churches. Right or wrong?