“Whats In a Song?"

“What then shall we say to these things?                                                          If God is for us, who is against us?”  Romans 8:31

“And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us

And if our God is with us, 

then what could stand against? 

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us

And if our God is with us, 

then what could stand against? 

What could stand against?”

Lyrics by Chris Tomlin - Song “Our God”

“His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems (crowns); and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.”  Revelation 19:12

“Crown Him with many crowns; The Lamb upon His throne.”

Hymn was originally penned in 1851 by Matthew Bridges 

Titled “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

I was talking with someone the other day about Contemporary Christian music.  They stated they didn’t get it.  Here is my answer.

Above you have the text from Romans 8:31 taken directly out of scripture and you have the chorus to the song “Our God” written and performed by Chris Tomlin.  As you can see Tomlin’s lyrics mirror scripture.  This is just one example.  Most of the contemporary music penned today comes from two places from the writers perspective: 1) Scripture (most often used) and 2) life’s experiences.  When Stephen Curtis Chapman’s daughter was tragically killed, he wrote a song about this incident and how God’s presence was healing to his family.  If you listen to contemporary music lyrics today you will realize that scripture, redemption, salvation, and the love of God is poured out into these songs.  What so often is the break in understanding or even liking contemporary music today is the means in which it is delivered.  Many don’t want to say, “I just don’t like anything in church but a piano or organ” for the fear of hurting someone’s feelings.  My hope and prayer is that today’s church will embrace these songs that have brought so many people  face to face with the living God and have great significance and meaning for today’s church.  Listen to the lyrics next time and I believe you will see.  Go to KLove.com and click on the tab “Music Room” and click on an artist to hear their stories behind their songs.  Many of these songs come out of their devotional time with God and straight out of scripture.

BUT, please know that contemporary music is not a replacement for the hymns.  Hymns also were written out of experience and with scripture in mind.  One of my favorite hymns was penned in 1851 and has certainly stood the test of time.  That hymn is “Crown Him with Many Crowns.”  The lyrics of this song always bring me into the presence of my Savior who one day will return to claim His faithful.  Come LORD Jesus, Come!

It is not an either/or as I told this person in our discussion.  It is both!!!  At HOPE Church we use both hymns and contemporary music as the LORD leads in designing worship for a specific worship service and the text that is being preached.  It can all work together to bring God glory!  Words have meaning, just listen next time to the contemporary song as well as the hymn used in worship.

At HOPE Church we have wonderful guitarists, keyboard player, drummer and vocalists that use all genre of music to usher us into the presence of God through music.  Please do not lend yourself to short sightedness because of the instrument of delivery, but bask in the WORDS the Spirit has given writers, both present and past, to present the Gospel to a lost world in a very dark time.  God works in many mystical ways to bring about salvation and worship.  Music is just one of the means, but oh so important.

Thanks be to God for His illimitable love!

Blessings my friends, Pastor Marty

Blessings all,               

Pastor Marty

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