Get To The Good Part
2018-05-18
"I can't wait until it gets to the good part!"

How many times have you said this to your friend while watching a movie or while out to dinner? It's one of the reasons so many people binge-watch a TV series. Producers have learned how to give us the good part at the end of every show. These days we don't have to wait for a week to see what happens next but instead we can get right to the good part.

I feel that way in worship. When I was younger the good part was usually a melody or a climatic guitar part. The good part was something that made me feel the song and the weight of worship. The words didn't matter all that much to me. 

But as the years passed and I began to really take the Word of God seriously, words began to matter to me more. Songs that used to really "do it for me" weren't really all that moving in an of themselves. I noticed that the songs that really began to resonate with me were the ones where I sung more than "just the marked verses". These songs did not only sing of revival but instead sung of the substance of revival - the love of the Father, the life and death of the Son, the work of the Spirit, and the return of the Kingdom. 

The songs of worship that sing about the work of the Trinity in our lives give us a complete story. There is reason why, after singing the story of God's love, the Son's sacrifice and the Spirit's work, that a congregation sings just a little louder when in unison they sing, 

"One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God"

These words wouldn't mean much without,

"Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me"

or

"Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace"

Each of these verses builds on the next to tell the whole Gospel story. I think there is a place for songs that sing about one aspect of the Gospel. I don't think songs that don't tell the Gospel story each and every time should be disrespected (I went through that phase as well). But I do think that the church needs to sing of the entire Gospel story each and every time they are together. 

This week in worship at our church we will sing a song called Oceans. It is a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics. But we've added something to it. We've added verses for a very specific reason. The cry for the Holy Spirit to led us where our "trust is without borders" is only possible because the Father loved and adopted his kids so that in the Spirit they can cry out "Abba Father!" and only because Jesus secured our adoption by taking what we deserved on the Cross and killing death by his resurrection. So let's sing about it! 

I'm looking forward to church this week because we get to hear several hundred people sing the full story of what God has done. 
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