What Can Miserable Christians Sing?

Here is a link to a great piece by Carl Trueman. The article is about the triumphalist environments that so often plague our churches, and specifically our worship. We are indeed conquerors in Christ, but the kingdom has not been consummated yet so the Christian life is not all smiles all the time. Our worship should reflect this already/not yet tension. Here are some excerpts:

A diet of unremittingly jolly choruses and hymns inevitably I creates an unrealistic horizon of expectation which sees the normative Christian life as one long triumphalist street party — a theologically incorrect and a pastorally disastrous scenario in a world of broken individuals. Has an unconscious belief that Christianity is — or at least should be — all about health, wealth, and happiness silently corrupted the content of our worship? Few Christians in areas where the church has been strongest over recent decades — China, Africa, Eastern Europe - would regard uninterrupted emotional highs as normal Christian experience.

By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church. By so doing, it has implicitly endorsed the banal aspirations of consumerism, generated an insipid, trivial and unrealistically triumphalist Christianity, and confirmed its impeccable credentials as a club for the complacent.