"I Will Worship"?

T his week Lingamish (aka David Ker) announced that he will be putting his bologna on ice. A few months ago he started the 5 Slices of Baloney {no longer available} blog, aiming to highlight some of the bologna on the web. He had some interesting posts. I’ll miss lurking around his blog. One of the first posts was most interesting, well worth the price of admission, “Will the real Will please stand up?” {no longer available}

He wrote in part:

This evening I was worshipping the Lord with the song, “I will worship.” Now if you believe the folks in Tim Challies’ post “Worship: From the Frying Pan Into the Fire”, when I sing that song I’m not really worshipping. Instead I’m just talking about something I “will” do in the future. Tim quotes a book by someone named Carson, who apparently thinks that true worship requires words like “thee” and “dost” and should be written in iambic pentameter. Baloney!

I had thought the same thing when I read Tim Challies’ post, especially when he labelled these as “songs of procrastination”. But Lingamish stated it eloquently:

In this song, the word “will” is not a future tense but actually a mood (or mode) of volition. Etymologically, the English future comes from a volitional phrase. So in the Goode Olde Days, when someone said, “I will go to the countrye faire” what they meant was “I intend to go to the country fair.” So when someone says, “I will worship” it isn’t a statement of something that is going to happen in the future, but rather a very present statement of intention regarding the present.

I’ve been digging into the Psalms to wrestle with the language of worship, especially the verbal forms. I’ll post more about that later.

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