Friday, September 12, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Amy Wyatt at Signs, Miracles and Wonders launched this weekly Saturday post back in March of this year. Songs are great, and she gives us a venue to talk about why they are.

Here are her instructions: "Just write a post on your blog about a song. It can be a song that has spoken to your heart during a difficult time... a song that brings back a special memory... a song that makes you want to sing along to the top of your lungs... a song that makes you glad... a song that makes you want to dance... a song that has inspired you... a song that makes you feel like the words were written just for you...
a song that makes your soul sing." (And she has a Mr. Linky so everyone gets to share. By the way, "Then sings my soul" is a phrase from How Great Thou Art in case you were wondering.)

The song that has inspired me this week is Chris Tomlin's Made to Worship. This has become the anchor song of the new kids music ministry we have at church called Kids: In His Service.

You and I are made to worship.
You and I are called to love.
You and I are forgiven and free.
When you and I embrace surrender.
When you and I choose to believe,
Then you and I will see what we were meant to be.

For kids to understand that they were created to worship God is a big leap for them. Kids are very confused about worship. Frankly, I think we're all a little confused about worship, myself included. I am reading a very revealing book called Teaching Kids Authentic Worship by Kathleen Chapman. She says that most of the songs we sing in church today are NOT worship songs. She brings us to the roots of worship, saying that anything that doesn't solely address "God alone" is outside the realm of true worship.

Just the fact that "You and I" are mentioned in Made to Worship means that it's not about God. Oh sure, God made us to worship, but the song itself is not about worshipping "God alone." It's an interesting and challenging premise. More to come as I finish the book.

Is Made to Worship still a powerful song with a powerful Biblical message? Oh yeah! In the bridge of the song, Tomlin works in Scripture
(Luke 19:14): "Even the rocks cry out! And even the heavens shout at the sound of His holy name." God wants everything in His creation to worship Him.

When kids embrace this message--Wow! God wants them to worship. God wants to see them collaborating, sharing the gifts and talents He gave them, to lead others in worship. God wants them to grow in the knowledge of His Word and to share that with others. And God created us to do just that.

My prayer, as I approach Wednesday nights, is that God will continue to work through each one of His special creations--that they will know they were made to worship and made to find joy in being in His presence.


Anonymous said...

I think your team has a wonderful program planned for our children on Wednesday nights. Mady is very excited to be a part of it and looking forward to this week!!

Chatty Kelly said...

Ahh, music. I just love this aspect of worship. (I even mistakenly answered Edie's question in this venue - missing the "creation" part.)

Music speaks to my soul - then sings my soul! But I need to make sure that "I'm coming back to the heart of worship, and it's all about you, all about you Jesus."

Great post!

Amy Wyatt said...

I may have to get that book. It sounds very interesting. So glad you found TSMS and joined in. I hope you will be back. Oh, and I love everything by Chris Tomlin. Great choice!

Debra said...

Great song. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

God bless you!

Edie said...

How Great is Our God is one of my favorite songs. It used to be one of my ring tones til I changed phones. Now I have Jesus Meshiah, and Holy, Holy, Holy. I love to worship Him. He is beyond words. This was beautiful Sue.

Soli Deo Gloria - for the Glory of God Alone.

MyJourneyBack said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing with us and encouraging us to learn how to worship.

The Patterson 5 said...

I love this song and I love that my son #2 loves to sing it! Music really speaks to him and he shared with me that when he's having a rough day he sings "And it's gonna be alright because Jesus your in my life -no need to worry- It's gonna be, gonna be, gonnna be alright!" in his head and then he feels comforted! Who says you can't worship God in school?!