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Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday Song Devotions - June 27, 2010

Psalm 99:9 - "Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!"
Author: Phil Wickham

This song is one of my favorites and is a wonderful anthem of praise.  When we acknowledge who God is and what He's done, our only response can be that of obedience, surrender and awe.  This song inspires that in me and I'm hoping that by teaching it to our church that it will do the same for each of you.  This song is all about that journey from understanding who God is and how worthy He is to our only possible response to that revelation - worship.

Here are the words...

It's falling from the clouds, a strange and lovely sound
I hear it in the thunder and rain
It's ringing in the skies like cannons in the night
the music of the universe plays

You are Holy, Great and Mighty
the moon and the stars declare who You are
I'm so unworthy, but still You love me
Forever my heart will sing of how great You are

All Glory, Honor, Power is Yours AMEN!
All Glory, Honor, Power is Yours AMEN!
All Glory, Honor, Power is Yours, forever AMEN!!!

What a beautiful anthem of declaring worth to God.  I pray that as we go through our daily routines, and regular difficulties this week that we will be recognizing and celebrating God's amazing worth and through our obedience, our kindness, our love and our service to others we will give Him the worship He alone deserves.

A Mighty Fortress is our God
Author: Martin Luther

A Mighty Fortress
Author: Christy Nockels

I put these two songs together because, to me, they go together.  They both talk of the safety and security we have in Christ.  I think that there are too many frilly, girly worship songs out there (not that I don't love some of them).  I just think that it would greatly benefit the body of Christ to have more songs like these two in our worship services.  I think they are the type of songs that men connect with - the ones that bring with them mental images of battle, war, weapons, fire, victory and triumph. 

We can talk about how lovely and beautiful Christ is - and that is important too - and very scriptural and true.  But we also can't forget how mighty and awesome and powerful God is - able to conquer any foe, demolish any stronghold and bring victory to any battle.  That's the God of the Bible! 

Think about Old Testament stories like that of David, Moses, Abraham, Gideon, Esther - all magnificent stories of God intervening in this world and bringing victory to His people.  The New Testament carries the word of the most amazing triumph in all of history - that of Jesus Christ, the Son of God - Creator of the Universe triumphing over sin and death on the cross.

Worship is about coming to a greater understanding of who God is and what God has done and responding in whatever way God is leading - in Spirit and in truth.  These two songs each tell the truth about who God is and inspire in us a reverence for the power and majesty of God. 

It is said that Martin Luther was inspired by Psalm 46 when he was writing this famous hymn.

Psalm 46 says:

"1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.


4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.


8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields [b] with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.


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