Ideas for
Worship Leaders
A GREAT NEW SONG

Are you looking for a new song?  A song of praise
and worship?  Is it time for something new that you
can take to the worship team and eventually to the
congregation?  Let me pitch a song.  No, it's not a
song I wrote.  It's Jesus Christ.

You might say, "you lost me", but stay with me for a
moment.

David, the psalmist, said that "the Lord is my
strength and my song" (Psalm 118:14)  He found that
God was not only his strength, but also his song.  The
significance is that God and God alone is exalted.  
What we pen and sing is not to be exalted.

Periodically, a songwriter is found to have greatly
sinned.  At that point, some can't bring themselves to
sing what that person has penned.  This is both sad
and unnecessary. When Jesus Christ is who we fix
our thoughts on, the truth of a song does not change
because the composer failed.  Some might say, "but
when I sing that song, I think about how the
songwriter fell."  That is just the point.  Worship is
not about the songwriter, but about Almighty God.  
No matter what the song is or who wrote it, our
attention must be on the one that is to be exalted.

Over the years, I've heard comments like, "I'm tired
of that song" or "Can we learn a new song?"  Don't
get me wrong, writing and singing new songs is
wonderful.  God inspires us to express worship
through beautiful melodies and through creative
lyrics, but whether it is a new song or a song that is
from many years ago, our eyes must be on Jesus
Christ, our song!

The apostle Paul wrote, "he himself is our
peace"
(Ephesians 2:14)  The writer of Hebrews says Jesus
Christ is "the great
shepherd" (Hebrews 13:20) and
that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today
and
forever" (Hebrews 13:8)  Paul gushes when he
says, "oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom
and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His
judgements and unfathomable His ways!" (Romans
11:33)  Peter wrote, "cast all your anxiety on Him,
because He cares for you? (1 Peter 5:7)

God has no equal.  His
love, patience, and
outstretched arms are mind-boggling.  He keeps this
world from imploding even when, for the most part,
humanity ignores him.  He's not a tyrant.  He's not
like anything or anyone we know.  Take all the best
of humanity and together it is wretched compared to
God, because of who he is.  He is holy and just.  His
intimate knowledge of each and every human being
that has ever lived is beyond our understanding.  He
was before all things and he made all things.  He
lacks no power or love.

He is our song.  He is our new song.  He is our
continuing song.  He is the song we sing each waking
day.  He is our song when we are sick and when we
are healthy.  Like Paul, we can "rejoice in the Lord
always" because he is our "strength and our song".  
Hallelujah!
                       
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