Recently, I heard a wonderful song called “Spirit of the Living God” by Vertical Church Band. First, let me say that I love, love, love, their music. It’s creative, thoughtful, melodic, and pierces the heart. This song is one of the most beautiful they’ve written. We are going to incorporate it in our upcoming worship sets. However, there is a lyric in the song that bothers me a little: “When You Come In the Room”. This lyric is part of the chorus.
The reason this lyric bothers me is not because I don’t understand what they are saying or even the references in the Bible that they might be referring to. It bothers me because this is not how a New Testament believer should think about God and His presence. For the believer, God is not in some far off place waiting for us to sing a beautiful song, praise as hard as we can, do acrobatics, etc. so that He can “come into the room”. No, for the believer, God is “very present”, always present, He never leaves us or forsakes us. But when we say lyrics like this, it gives the impression that we have to do something to earn God’s presence. It can make us feel like God lives apart from us.
I think a more correct and Bible-centered way to write this lyric would be something like this: “When We Know You’re In The Room”. God is always present but sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of this fact. I believe that this is what David was trying to communicate when he said, “Oh magnify the Lord with Me” (Psalm 34:3). In other words, let’s make God large and our problems smaller. Let’s change our viewpoint and remember that God is here. God lives in us, period.
When we sing the song during our services, I’m going to change the lyric… Please don’t get mad at me Vertical Church Band.