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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!

The Top Ten Reasons to Use Stringed Instruements in Worship


The Top Ten Reasons to Use Stringed Instruements in Worship

  1. “The music of the strings makes you glad.” – Psalm 45:8
  2. “Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.” – Psalm 33:2
  3. “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” – Psalm 57:8
  4. “I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.”  – Psalm 71:22
  5. “Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.”  – Psalm 81:2
  6. “I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,” – Psalm 144:9
  7. “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,” – Psalm 150:3
  8. “The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.” – Isaiah 38:20
  9. “At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.” – Nehemiah 12:28
  10. He will rejoice over you with singing” – Zephaniah 3:17

 

“Differing musical styles allows people of differing backgrounds, ages and experiences to worship God wholeheartedly together.” –Bob Kauflin

 

 

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

 

What does a worship leader do?


An effective corporate worship leader,
aided and led by the Holy Spirit,
skillfully combines biblical truth with music
to magnify the worth of God and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ,
thereby motivating the gathered church
to join him in proclaiming and cherishing the truth about God
and seeking to live all of life for the glory of God.

-Bob Kauflin