Everlasting God

Everlasting God

Several weeks ago, I was practicing the song “Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown with our keyboard player in the church sanctuary while our Pastor was teaching the Confirmation class on the other side of a folding wall.  The wall is thin.   I think we disturbed them.  The next week, they moved their class into a separate out-building.

This past week, I overheard one of the children asking if they could move back into the sanctuary for class so that they could listen to the “cool music” on the other side of the wall.   Here’s the great thing – “Everlasting God” is a biblically sound song based on Isaiah 40.

Here’s the scripture reference (from Isa 40):

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

And here’s the song performed by the original artist.  Give it a few minutes.  It’s worth it.

Here’s what Bob Kauflin posted on this song:

1. The melody is singable but creative.  It has a wide range and some syncopation, but most congregations should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.
2. Brenton does a great job communicating the passage of Scripture in a fresh way.  Some songs are taken directly from Scripture and can help a congregation memorize God’s Word.  Other songs serve as a commentary on a passage, helping us to better understand its meaning.  I’ve found these “commentary” songs very helpful in congregational worship, where the problem is usually not knowledge of God’s Word but comprehension.
3. The repetition of the line “we will wait upon the Lord” reinforces our need to look to the Lord for strength repeatedly.
4. The chorus acknowledges that there are times when we feel faint, weary, weak, and in need.  God helps people who recognize their lack!  Yet in the midst of our inadequacy we find our everlasting God to be more than sufficient.
5. The song presents clear objective truth about the God we worship: He reigns!  He is our hope!  He is a strong deliverer!  He is everlasting!
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