I remember leading at an event where a woman approached me following one of our music sets. The woman was in her mid-40s and was visibly upset about something. As she began talking I quickly realized that her tears were tears of joy. She began telling me the story of her 12-year-old daughter who recently passed away due to leukemia. The harsh battle of cancer coupled with the eventual death of her child had left the woman battered and weary, she told me.
But then she began telling me about what had just happened 10 minutes ago. You see, the band and I had just led the congregation in a very well known worship song (In Christ alone by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend) and this precious lady had finally come to a striking revelation; God is in control!
She told me, “I’ve heard the song probably a hundred times, but the words have never connected with my heart the way they did a moment ago.” The words that she was referring to were…
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to it’s final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
I was reminded in that moment the truth of Colossians 3:16 that we are instructed to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” So many times we get caught up in singing to God that we forget that He’s instructed us, likewise to sing to our fellow brothers/sisters in Christ. While God is the single object of our worship, we have multiple audiences when we sing (God, along with the world who’s listening)
Mike Cosper says in his book “Rhythms of Grace”…
If our singing is about letting Gods Word dwell richly among us, then my singing is motivated by love for God AND a love for my church family, whom I get to admonish and encourage as I sing it.
Never, ever forget that the Gospel is what unites us and we should sing it to one another (Ephesians 5:19.)
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