One of the hardest things for transitioning classical piano players into a contemporary worship keys context is that your hands have to do less. In classical piano pieces, the piano is the featured instrument, and the musician is constantly playing. In a 21st century, western, contemporary worship context, the keys part must create room for vocals and electric guitar to shine.
The goal of padding is to help create an emotional environment without drawing attention to ourselves, but instead, aiding in pointing our people’s hearts to worship Christ for who he is and what he has done.
Most Christians would agree that the Bible is authoritative in all that it affirms, but many just simply don’t know what it says about physical responses to God’s glory, honor, and power.