Simplicity and Repetition Are Okay

Worship music and gatherings that use a lot of repetition catch a lot of flack from certain quarters of the Christian world. There have certainly been occasions when I have inwardly moaned at prolonged and repetitious songs that have little to say. But, some things are certainly worth repeating. At the Maranatha Grace Fort Lee Conference/Retreat this past weekend we sang beautiful, Christ-centered songs throughout our time together. One was repetitive, and I praise God for it.

Give Me Jesus

In the morning, when I rise In the morning, when I rise In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, You can have all this world, But give me Jesus

When I am alone When I am alone When I am alone, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, You can have all this world, But give me Jesus

When I come to die When I come to die When I come to die, give Me Jesus

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, You can have all this world, But give me Jesus

We see meaningful repetition in the Psalms as well.

Psalm 150 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

For some serious, and glorious repetition check out the 136th Psalm.

And for some good thoughts on the issue check out Bob Kauflin's blog post from 2007.