Why, God, you're just like me!
I attended a worship service recently where a woman began the congregational prayer by saying, "Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are the great artist and that from you comes all beauty..."
Wrong. Although not consciously so, blasphemous. God is not Artist. God is Creator. Art copies. Creation is art's model. Art imitates. Creation is. Though art regards itself as creative, it's not. It can never be because it operates at the level of representation. Art only makes images. Creation makes living people in the image of God and then makes them again in Christ.
The art-filled worship of churches today substitutes the world of imagery for that of substance. It prefers signs to the immediacy of God's Spirit. Even taken as art it usually amounts to thin gruel. Weak, effeminate, affected, it's as though worship leaders seek to emote a picture of their feelings about God rather than simply praise Him.
Art is divided between artists and audiences. Performance art notwithstanding, the audience is never the artist. The audience oohs and ahhs; the artist emotes and images. Thus much modern worship has become a performance by artists for audiences, with the one worshipped being the one always worshipped whenever artists place their art on display.
Can you imagine an engineer praising God for being the great engineer? A garbage collector leading a congregation in thanking God for being the great garbage collector? Though they'd never have the hubris to do so, the engineer and garbage collector have far greater justification for so describing God than the artist. God has engineered the universe. God collects garbage--He's always doing so with men. But God is no artist. He's the Creator.