Songs We Sing (4/13/14)

Lord willing, we will be singing a new, old song over the next couple of weekends. The song is How Sweet And Awful Is The Place by Isaac Watts and it wrestles with undeserved, free grace that was granted us in spite of our rebellion and depravity. It is a call to magnify that grace in our life and in the world by seeing and savoring Christ. 

Tim Keller says, “Religious people find God useful, Gospel people find Him beautiful.” In other words you will not taste the satisfaction and joy and beauty of God until you come to the end of your efforts to justify yourself—to make yourself righteous enough.

As you learn the song (or perhaps re-familiarize yourself with it), pray the Holy Spirit would let it remind you of God’s redeeming grace in Christ Jesus as we celebrate His death, burial, and resurrection.

Below you can listen and learn. Enjoy.

Here are our songs for this Lord’s Day:

  1. Beautiful
  2. On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand
  3. How Sweet And Awful Is The Place
  4. Nothing But The Blood
  5. Jesus Paid It All

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Songs We Sing (4/6/14)

The following is from Mother Kirk: Essays On Church Life (p. 134-135) written by Douglas Wilson.

The issue of worship is crucial because, for good or ill, the Church leads the way in our culture…

One of our problems is that we have confounded praise and worship. The definition of praise seems obvious, and fortunately, it is. Praise means to adore, magnify, exalt, and honor the Lord. But most of us think that worship is a synonym for praise, and it really is not.When Abraham took Isaac to the mountain in order to sacrifice him, he told the servants as he was leaving that he and Isaac were going to go to the mountain, to worship, and then they would return. He did not mean that they were going to break out their guitars and a tambourine and hold a little service. Rather, they were going there to do what God had said to do. Worship means obedient service, and when we gather formally to worship the Lord we are gathering in order to make ourselves available for that service [emphasis added]When Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord fill the temple, his response was one of worship. “Here am I, Lord, send me.” We tend to think we are instructed only to go to church; rather, we go to church to be equipped and instructed by the Word and sacraments—instructed on what to do and how to live.

When true worship does not occur, when the worshiper does not remember the name of God, the praise naturally deteriorates and becomes wispy and thin. And this is precisely what has happened to us. We talk about our likes and dislikes with regard to “worship” songs, for example, without any regard for the character, nature, and attributes of god. Our problem is that our debates about praise have not been preceded by worship.

Formal worship is a time when we remind ourselves of our constant and standing duties in the light of who God is. On the Lord’s Day, our worship reminds us that the rest of the week belongs to Him as well.

Here are our songs for this Lord’s Day:

  1. Awake, My Soul, And With The Sun
  2. And Can It Be That I Should Gain
  3. Hearts Bleed
  4. House Of God Forever
  5. Baby Son

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