Crossing Language Barriers in Worship
Living in Puerto Rico has been nothing short of amazing. It didn’t take long for me to realize it embodies a rich, diverse culture. As both an island and U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has the perfect blend of Latin, Caribbean, and American influence, especially within its music.
So, while visiting a Spanish-speaking church service one Sunday, I couldn’t help but recognize the melody of their praise and worship songs. As I listened (and worshipped), I found it easy to follow the lyrics and catch the chorus at the right moments. Suddenly, it hit me.
Here as in Heaven by Elevation Worship! I know this song!
Their praise team was singing one of my favorite contemporary gospel songs, just in Spanish. Even though I didn’t immediately grasp each word, I felt it. The atmosphere, the transparency, the presence of the Lord. . .everything was perfect.
That’s how it’s supposed to be when we come before the Lord’s throne: worshipping in unison. God has called all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues [Revelation 7:9]. So, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to listen to covers of popular Gospel music artists, such as Hillsong and Elevation Worship, in Spanish and other languages. You’d be surprised at how quickly you can learn the lyrics. I find it both fascinating and exhilarating to worship the Lord in a different language.
Click below to check out Como en el Cielo, the Spanish cover of Elevation Worship’s song, Here As in Heaven. You can find this song and more Spanish covers on CMA Music’s YouTube Channel.
Something as powerful and influential as music is known to unite people from different background, cultures, and languages. Let’s take advantage of it.
With a B.A in English, Ashley Cottrell has written blogs for Virginia Bride Magazine, Bronze Mag, and has been a contributing writer for numerous other digital entities. Although a Virginia-native, Ashley resides in Puerto Rico fulfilling her passion as a freelance writer. She aims to use her gift of writing to inspire others and share the gospel of Christ. When she's not writing, you can find her nose-deep in a game of chess, Salsa dancing, or making homemade skin care products.
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