March 19, 2012
Recently I participated in a songwriting competition that was sponsored by the Cedarville Department of Music and Worship. This competition was for songs written to be used in congregational worship. I want to share the song with you that God has allowed me to write.
Listen to the song.
One of my favorite things to do is worship corporately with the body of Christ. Whether it is in church, here at school in chapel, or in my dorm with my fellow brothers, there is something special in singing with the community of believers unto the Savior. There are so many songs that we use in our local worship setting that are specifically written for that purpose. They describe how awesome and great our God is. Some songs communicate the message of grace, and redemption. Some songs offer thanksgiving and love to Jesus. Some songs state how we are nothing without Christ and declare the need for Christ.
Songs serve a huge purpose in the church. As I submitted the song for this in the competition, I asked myself, would the church be same without music. I look at music, old hymns, and songs as ways to respond to the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm not saying that music is the only way we respond, but it is one of the major ways we respond individually and corporately to God's grace! I’m getting so excited writing this, I just want to sing right now.
In obedience to the word I believe that the Lord is looking for people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. If we are going to sing about Him we need to live out what we sing. Even when we face test and trials, it helps our response to God to be even more honoring, due to the testimony that we have through grace.
In my life I have been able to enjoy worship as a leader and as person participating in this corporate response. I also have the privilege of being a song writer, and I love writing for the glory of God. It is very important to me that the music we sing in grounded in biblical truth, and truly glorifies the Savior. I hope you enjoy my song. It describes who He is and I pray that it blesses you!!
P.S. You can message me if you are interested in seeing the lyrics and chords.