Please, don't get me wrong. Music is a wonderful form of praise and worship. It is commanded in the word of God, so it is good. However, in our church culture, we have become DEPENDENT on music.
Let's be honest... the praise and worship teams, organs, drums, the entire setup we use is not the model we see in the New Testament church. As much as we'd hate to admit it, there is an element of entertainment that keeps us going. Our flesh is appeased, which means it's not 100% spiritual.
With that being said, there are two things God has instructed me to remind the church of:
1) God is looking for a NEW SONG (Psalm 96:1, 149:1; Isaiah 42:10)
2) We should be looking for the SOUND OF HEAVEN (Acts 2:2)
The Father has shown me that our worship, in most cases, is actually taking the focus OFF Him. We are so busy singing the songs that please our flesh that we don't give the Holy Ghost room to give us NEW songs of worship. We don't like silence. We are uncomfortable with "dead space" in a service, so we struggle to wait on Him. As a result, we sing worldly songs in the church that really don't please Him.
Let me clarify even that. Even if a song is labeled as "gospel," it can be worldly based on the motive. Who wrote it? What is the heart of the artist who sings it? True worshipers DO CARE and will use discernment to filter through these things, offering only to God that which is clean and pure.
We must also learn to listen for the SOUND OF HEAVEN. Again, we are so accustomed to making noise that we don't even recognize God's sound.
Pastors and church leaders, God is saying today, "I am waiting to announce myself in your meeting place!"