“When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without
heart.” Lamar Boschman
Lamar Boschman was right. In fact, Southern Gospel personifies worshiping with the heart! All one has to do is look at the history of Southern Gospel music to see that it has always had a heart for worship and supports the worship experience. Ultimately when a Southern Gospel group, like Ezekiel 33, shares its music it is never about “performance”. It is about putting a heart for God into the messages that are inherent in great Southern Gospel music.
So, what happens when your worship has heart? Here is what we’ve experienced and what those who have heard us said they have experienced:
- Worship can be more exciting: When I say exciting, I mean excited about Jesus Christ. If a brother or sister feels like they are going through the motions, often a good singing can spark excitement in them. Music speaks in a way no other medium can!
- Engagement increases: Worship should never be a spectator sport! How many churches or events have you visited where everyone just sits still while music fills the air? Southern Gospel groups have a long and rich history of not just preaching the word through music, but engaging their audiences in a meaningful way.
- The Good News is heard: Sometimes, saying something in a new way can reach a heart when nothings else can. So it is with Southern Gospel music. I once heard someone say that Southern Gospel music was too simple – the messages often watered down. I take great umbrage with that. There is a time and place for everything under the sun (God tell us so), and that is the case for our music. A good word – the right word – a needed word – can come at any time and any place. Many times we have had people come up to us and tell us how they were touched in a fresh way because the messages were clear and delivered with heart.
Great harmonies, toe-tapping music and a real heart for worship truly can impact the experience for an attendee, turning him or her into a participant and engaging him in the experience. We thank God every day for the gift of music and for letting us share it with others and impact worship in a positive and heart-felt way.