Is is just me or have you noticed that many of today's contemporary Christian songs refer to God as 'You' rather than addressing Him by His given names in scripture. Rather than be specific in their wording they have chosen the ambiguity of a language known as 'double-speak'. This means that many of these same songs could be interpreted to mean God, or they could also mean a friend, lover, or esoteric relationship to something.
While I am not opposed to using the word 'you', it does seem like there is a calculated avoidance of the name of Jesus Christ. This is truly sad and unfortunate as we are called by His name and to not associate in this way robs us of the power found there.
Now I have heard excuses like, "We don't want to sound overly preachy" or "Everybody is always pressuring us to make sure our songs mention Jesus". Well I would like to ask a few questions; Why are you singing songs of worship if you do not want to mention the object of your worship? Could it be that Jesus Christ is in fact not the object of their worship? Could it be possible that the songs are designed to not offend the secular audience they are attempting to reach?
Scripture is loaded with the different names of God to the extent that we could write endless songs without fear of running out of ways to describe His attributes and character. Consider a brief sampling of God's names; Creator, Redeemer, Counsellor, Faithful Friend, Sovereign One, Immanuel, Saviour, Lord of Lords, Master, Coming King, Good Shepherd, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, etc. In other words, there is no shortage of synonyms for God.
Where are all the songs that deal with the deeper issues of Christian growth, conformity to the image of Christ, and surrender to the Lordship of Christ? Let us remember that Christian songs are for Christians. That may sound like a novel idea but God has not chosen the song to save many people, rather He has chosen the foolishness of preaching the gospel to save those who believe and put their trust in Christ alone. I challenge anyone to show how our modern praise and worship, entertainment style music has led to any portion of people coming to Christ.
Further, the purpose of worship music is to draw the affections of our hearts to Christ. When He is avoided and the meanings of the words become nebulous, how does this accomplish the explicit goal of our songs? I once listened to a Christian radio station expressly paying attention for the name of Jesus or God. I was surprised that in half an hour of music, only two or three times was His name mentioned, and then mostly in passing but definitely not the focal point of the song.
Let us return to the purpose of worship which is to lift up and magnify our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. All praise to Him who reigns above in Majesty Supreme. I have been blessed by the song 'In Christ Alone' written by an English brother named Stuart Townend. I have included a link here to the words, what an awesome expression of our position in Christ.
In Christ Alone