This past weekend I had the privilege of playing Bass Guitar for my church worship team. Our worship leader was introducing one of my favorite worship songs to our church “Everything Glorious” by DC*B. What I love about this team is the openness, we stopped to discuss one line of the song. “You make everything glorious, and I am Yours, what does that make me?”
Yesterday I was chatting with a friend and this song came up again. That line again came up and we discussed it.
Here are a few objections to this line, I think they are valid at that:
- We are sinful and not glorious
- God made everything glorious, but it isn’t anymore
- That line makes the song about us and not God
As I listened to these objections I thought, yea that’s right! Then I began to think again. Here is what I think of this line and why it does belong in our worship. First off, Genesis 1 the creation story. Every time God created something he said it was ‘good’ and that humanity was ‘very good’. Granted this doesn’t say it’s glorious but if God says its good then well it has to be that at least. Later in the fall sure things got tainted, but look ahead to John 3:16. “For God so loved the world . . .” It says world, not humanity, or animals, or anything specific, it says world. That means that everything that is created is redeemed by the act of redemption. It is made glorious. So we can and should sing ‘You [God] make everything glorious.’ We do belong to God in his family as Christians so we should sing, “and I am yours”. What about that last line.
It does make it about us. However, look at Psalm 8. Half that Psalm is about humanity, about us. This Psalm makes my point above as well, but look even at other Psalms they are very much about humanity. The point isn’t that we are glorifying ourselves the point is that we are showing that because of our relationship, as creations of God, with God we have value. By doing that we give glory to God
Where do you stand?