This is impressive. Matt Redman, upon reflection on Scripture, speaks quite candidly about modern worship’s use of romantic love language. He specifically mentions regret over the final line of the chorus of his famous song, “Let My Words Be Few,” which says,
Jesus, I am so in love with you.
The reason this is impressive is because we have a truly humble man who is willing to admit that he’s on a journey of greater depth of knowledge and insight. It is also impressive because Redman is one of the top ten most recognized modern worship leaders and songwriters in the world.
I also just want to say how big a fan I am of Redman, and why. When modern worship was in its “fluff” heyday, which I would place around the mid to late 90s, Redman was carving a different path. You look at his early albums in and just after that era (The Friendship and the Fear, The Heart of Worship), you really do get a sense that here we have a worship leader who reads his Bible. Yes, early Redman was full of the romantic stuff, too, but there was substance. My appraisal is that part of the reason we’re seeing modern worship make a shift toward more biblical literacy, more God-centeredness, more theological depth, is because Redman paved the way. I really can look at the “heavy hitters” of worship in that era, and I don’t see many that were writing as Redman did. Now, many more are.
I haven’t spoken directly about the topic at hand, i.e. modern worship’s penchant for so-called “girliness,” but much ink and HTML have already been spilt over that, so I leave it to my readers’ comments. I just think this video is remarkable. And I thank God for humble public figures like Redman.