Some hymns are rubbish. After reading R. Scott Clark on Recovering the Reformed Confession, I'm wondering if we should be singing uninspired hymns at all. A great argument for the RPW is the amount of dross that we sing.
Here is but a sampling of hymns old and new with rubbish lyrics:
Oh, I feel like dancing, it's foolishness I know. But when the world has seen the light, they will dance with joy like we're dancing now. [I thought the world saw the light but hated it because they loved darkness? (John 3:19)]
Jesus, lover of my soul, all consuming fire is in your gaze (so far, so passable). Jesus, I want you to know, I will follow you all my days. [Peter said something similar before bottling it before a little girl beside a fire]
I will dance, I will sing, to be mad for my King. Nothing Lord is hindering, the passion in my soul [maybe some Valium would stop you dancing like an idiot? If this alludes to David dancing before the Lord, why doesn't the song advocate stripping to the underpants too?]
You're my all, you're the best [there is something awfully cheesy about saying "You're the best Jesus!"]
You ask me how I know he lives?, he lives within my heart. [nothing here about the self-authenticating Word of God through the preached Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ. Pure pietist poo.]
Jehova Tsidkenu meant nothing to me [I suspect "Jehova Tsikdenu" still means nothing to those who sing it]
These are the days of Elijah, declaring the word of the Lord [where do I start with this?]
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, your love makes me sing [the only time Hallelujah is sung in the NT it's in Revelation 19:1-8 where the saints are celebrating God's judgement on the wicked. "Hallelujah, Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgements are true and just: for he has judged the great prostitute" (v1, 2). Maybe some of our boyband worship leaders should pen a song with the lyrics "The smoke goes up from her forever"?]
I like the Bible, I read it and I do it ["like" the Bible? And do what exactly?]
Any more examples of truly pants lyrics in our songs, ancient and modern will be delightfully received in a spirit of loving cynicism.