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Corrupted Worship Songs: Your Grace is Enough

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Worship is extremely serious to God. When you sing to Him, He is listening to what you’re saying. You need to mean what you say. Now there is a wide range of worship songs floating about in the Church today. There are songs which have nothing redeemable about them—they’re just pure rot that insult God from beginning to end. We call these “worship songs from Satan”. Then there are very good God-honoring songs which were clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit. But then there’s a tricky blend—a corrupted mix of good and bad. The famous “Your Grace is Enough” is a prime example of a corrupted worship song: one which blends really good truths with some utterly inappropriate statements. You see, Satan is always trying to slip in little pellets of poison wherever he can. Often when we’re dealing with corrupted worship songs, those few lines that offend God end up being repeated over and over again throughout the song. This is the case with “Your Grace is Enough”. Let’s take a look.

Great is Your faithfulness oh God, You wrestle with the sinner’s heart
You lead us by still waters and to mercy, And nothing can keep us apart

Now here’s some great imagery. God is being rightly praised for His incredible faithfulness to us. He’s alluded to as a kind Shepherd—leading us to still waters. Best of all, we claim the truth that nothing can separate us from Him. This is a central promise of the New Covenant and one that we just can’t celebrate enough. But what’s troubling about this song is that after making this very appropriate claim of confidence in God’s faithfulness and nearness to us, we sing:

So remember Your people, Remember Your children
Remember Your promise Oh God

What?? We’re asking God to remember us? Didn’t we just get through describing how He’s leading us, loving on us, and allowing nothing to come between us? Now we ask Him to remember His people and His promise? Why on earth would we do that? Clearly we believe God has forgotten us—not just us, but also His promise. Which promise? Who knows? The song leaves it wide open for us to accuse God of forgetting anything that comes to mind. WOW. The first stanza of this song was like a kiss. This second stanza is a slap in the face. “Oh Lord, You’re so wonderful to me. Oh God, don’t forget me! Oh, Lord, You’re always with me. God, don’t You remember me?!” This is the neurotic mentality we’re forced to swing between if we’re going to sing this song. One minute we’re declaring faith in God, the next incredible doubt. To ask God to remember one particular promise would be bad enough, but to accuse Him of forgetting His kids altogether? This is insanity, and it makes our previous praises of Him sound like a bunch of hypocrisy.

Your grace is enough, Your grace is enough, Your grace is enough for me

Great is Your love and justice God
You use the weak to lead the strong
You lead us in the song of Your salvation
And all Your people sing along

We’re back to faith again here. We’re praising God for His love and justice, we’re marveling at His mysterious methods, we’re rejoicing in His salvation and then…

So remember Your people, Remember Your children
Remember Your promise, Oh God

What?? Here we are, back in our neurotic exclamations of doubt. The bizarre lyrics of this song are so contradictory. God’s grace is enough, we sing. This would be great if we actually meant it, but clearly we don’t if we’re constantly accusing God of completely forgetting about us and every promise He ever made to us.

Your grace is enough, Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me [x2]

So remember Your people, Remember Your children
Remember Your promise, Oh God

Your grace is enough, Your grace is enough, Your grace is enough for me
Your grace is enough, Heaven reaching down to us

Your grace is enough for me, God I see Your grace is enough
I’m covered in Your love, Your grace is enough for me, For me

By the time we’re done with this song, we’ve accused God of forgetting about us or His promises to us NINE TIMES. Hm. This is like your wife saying to you, “I feel so secure in your love for me. You do remember that we’re married, don’t you? You do remember that I’m your wife and that you vowed to be faithful to me, don’t you? Oh, but I really feel secure in your love. But please stop forgetting about me and about all the promises you made to me. Oh, but I think our marriage is fabulous.” How would you feel on the receiving end of such a speech? Would you feel blessed? No, you’d feel concerned. Your wife clearly doesn’t have much confidence in you if she feels the need to remind you that you’re married to her.

Words have a powerful effect on what you believe. When you hear yourself pleading for God to remember you nine times, you’re telling yourself just as many times that He’s forgotten about you. When you hear yourself asking Him to remember His promise, you’re rehearsing the lie that God is unfaithful. Now as a human who is prone to doubt and fear, if you go around rehearsing truths and lies, which one do you think is going to win the day? The lies. By the time you’re done with this song, you’ve rehearsed a whole lot of doubting in God’s Character, and all that doubting is going to erode the confidence you were trying to reach for in the other lyrics. Plus, your whole goal in singing this song to begin with was supposed to be to honor God. Considering how faithful God really is to us, do you think He enjoys hearing you ask Him not to forget about you over and over again? Does this sound like “I love You and I’m trying to trust You”? No, it sounds like “I don’t trust You and I’m afraid You’ve already abandoned me.” This isn’t worship, it’s insulting.

Now all Christians struggle with doubt and fears about God’s love for them, and that’s alright. God wants you to be honest about your fears with Him, not pretend you don’t have any. But the worship hour at Church is not to the time to sit around rehearsing lies and making a bunch of insulting inferences about how God treats you. When we worship God, we want to rehearse truth. We want to honor God by agreeing with the things He tells us are true about Himself and celebrating ways that He’s already proven His great love for us.

Corrupted worship songs abound in the Church today, and this means you need to be carefully considering each lyric before you sing it to God. When you come to a stanza or chorus that you just can’t agree with, pray instead. Say your own worship to God in your heart, then join in the singing again when the lyrics improve. Does this feel awkward at first? Yes, but what’s more important: honoring our King or going along with the pack? We need to put a concern for God’s feelings above everything else. If we get strange looks, fine. If we’re on the worship team and the worship team wants to stand on stage hurling insults at God and encouraging His people to do the same, then clearly we need to resign. Honoring God comes first, and we can’t honor Him with rot like “Remember Your people.” Good grief. If God ever forgot about any of us for one millisecond, we’d be destroyed. It is only God’s constant, attentive involvement with every molecule in existence that keeps this universe running smoothly. He doesn’t forget us. He doesn’t forget anything. He’s God.

FURTHER READING:
Worship Songs from Satan: Build Your Kingdom Here
Worship Songs from Satan: Fall Afresh
Worship Songs from Satan: Create in Me a Clean Heart

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