Music and Worship: Sunday, May 1st, 2016
In case you missed it last week, or are just looking for some mid-week encouragement, here is a recap of the songs we sang this past Sunday, along with some of the scriptures that inform them! Also included today is a New Song Highlight: Everything and Nothing Less, which was introduced a couple weeks ago.
We hope you are refreshed by the truths that you hear and read below.
Here For You
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9:37 ESV)
Open Up The Heavens
"For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by yo
ur right hand and answer me!" (Psalm 108:4-6 ESV)
All The Earth
"O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure." (Isaiah 25:1 ESV)
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence." (Psalm 9:1-3 ESV)
Crown Him (Majesty)
"...who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:6-11 ESV)
NEW SONG HIGHLIGHT
Everything and Nothing Less
Below is an exerpt from an article by Angela Suh, discussing the story and heart behind this song...
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
(Romans 12:1 ESV)
"A living and holy sacrifice. Why would we offer ourselves in such a way? Why would we, as it were, climb onto the altar and present everything in service to God?
'Everything And Nothing Less' explores the act of surrender to God and why it is the only appropriate response to what Christ has done for us. To start understanding why giving all is necessary, we must first understand our story as sinners.
WHAT HE GAVE
It is as though we were born into tombs. We were dead to delighting in God’s glory, the glory He clearly displayed throughout His creation. We opened our eyes only to darkness and hardened our hearts to the only one worthy of our highest affections. As fools, we spent all of who we were and everything we had in worship of created things, as if they could somehow satisfy an eternal soul.
It was a miserable existence and its end held but one thing: death.
But God—He looked at this earth and knew there was a people He loved. Jealous for our affections, for our hearts, for our worship, He sent His Son to pay our great debt of sin against Himself. Because of His great mercy, we were bought out of our slavery, with our hearts softened and our mouths opened in song to our Creator."
To continue reading about Everything and Nothing Less, click here!