Preparing Our Hearts for Worship: 22 JAN 2012

[Listen to all]

  1. O Worship the King (Chris Tomlin/Passion) [Listen]
  2. Everlasting God (Lincoln Brewster remix) [Listen]
  3. Forever Changed (Eddie Kirkland/Northpoint) [Listen]
  4. Nothing Compares (Andy Melvin) [Watch]
  5. Sound of Melodies (Leeland) [Listen]

One of the aspects of this worship set that I’m looking forward to is the relationship between the “bookend” songs.

In O Worship the King, we start with a song that lyrically allows us to actively call each other to worship. We see who God is, we recognize that he is beautiful and worthy of our praise, and we encourage each other to sing out— not because it’s “just what you do at church”, but because it’s right and good to do it. Through the middle songs, we walk through redemptive work of God in our lives with themes of Adoration, Confession, and Assurance of Pardon.

And finally comes Sound of Melodies. What I love about this song is that it contains such powerful themes of remembrance and gratefulness for who God is and what He has done in our lives. Whereas O Worship the King was sung as a horizontal reminder to each other of God’s worth and character, Sound of Melodies is a collective song of thanks aimed directly towards the ears of our great Rescuer. Can You hear this song rising up to You, God? Can you hear the result of Your passionate work of grace on our behalf, echoing back to you from within us? This is the sound of Your love— our hope, our unity, our thanks.

All great works of redemption begin and end with God, and we are blessed to end up singing out from underneath the fountainhead of God’s blessings through His work in us.

– Chris

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