Why I love camp: Camp Songs that make you go hmmm…

We had a pretty spectacular worship leader this week at kid’s camp…I will make sure to post his information later (I only remember his first name was Reylin because the kids would chant it every night). Regardless, one of the songs that we sang every time we gathered was a song called “Undignified” by Matt Redman.

The song goes something like this:

I will dance, I will sing, to be mad for my King.
Nothing Lord is hindering the passion in my soul.
I will dance, I will sing to be mad for my King
Nothing Lord is hindering the passion in my soul.

And I’ll become even more undignified than this.
Some would say it’s foolishness but
I’ll become even more undignified than this.

It’s a catchy tune and I find myself (and my son) singing it regularly, but something our children’s pastor said keeps haunting me. He said “What we need is to be more dignified in our approach to worship.  We need to enter with more reverence.”

I totally agree.

I totally disagree.

Well, maybe I don’t totally know what to think. 🙂

I agree that we have lost the fear of the Lord. We have lost a reverence of our King.  We have stopped defining worship as “showing profound devotion and respect to God” and started defining it as a place or an activity.  It’s become less about showing humility and bowing down and more about making everyone comfortable. I think that’s what Pastor Bruce was trying to say.

David Dances by Shoshannah Brombacher

I also think that a little dancin’ and shoutin’ and foolishness for the Lord never hurt nobody. 🙂 I think we could use a little less legalism and a little more joy. I think the good Lord gave me a body that responds to rhythm for a reason.  So, in that sense, I can respect the songwriter’s desire to encourage an abandoned and unashamed style of worship and some have said that the song is based on the story in 2 Samuel 6:20-23, where David dances in his ephod (his undergarments) in celebration of bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

So again, I agree. And I disagree.

And now that I’ve typed all of this out, I think I probably lean towards Pastor Bruce’s estimation that what we need in our worship is more dignity, not less.

What do you think?