|Ideas for Worship
SONGS OF PROCLAMATION
"I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices
in your salvation" (Psalm 13:5)
"With your help I can advance against a troop,
with my God I can scale a wall" (Psalm 18:29)
"The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy
ones". (Psalm 89:5)
These are wonderful statements of faith! They
don't quite fit into the Intention to Worship or
Worship Song categories, but they are directed
to God himself. More examples of these
expressions in the Psalms are Psalm 4:8; 7:1a;
8; 9:10; 15; 23:4; 27:8; 40:6-10; 42:1; 48:9-11;
119:89-93, 97-104, 129-131.
Over time, we have dubbed these "Proclamation
Songs". They have more of the words "I" and
"we" in them than the Worship Songs.
However, the phrases differ from the "I will
praise you" phrases of the Intention to Worship
songs. They are more like "I trust", "I can", "I
believe" phrases. The grammatical subjects can
also be "the heavens", "the nations", etc.
Prophetic songs often fall into this category as
well, as long as they are being directly sung to
Proclamation songs are effective when used to
remind ourselves of the promises of God.
However, the frequent use of the "I" and "we"
in many of these songs can take us dangerously
close to self-determination and humanistic
thinking. The best way to counter this is to
always follow these songs with vertical Worship
Songs - the "You" songs.
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This article was written in conjunction with the
Stairway Model of song selection and service order.
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