Oh Great Love of God

Worship is about bringing glory to God. It isn’t about singing, it’s not about having the coolest music. This next song is probably one that many worship leaders would avoid. I believe that many worship leaders would label it as ‘unsingable’ or at least hard to sing. Does a higher percentage of singing in the congregation lead to authentic worship? I would argue and encourage worship leaders to include songs that may be difficult to sing but congregationally but have great music, lyrics and most importantly theology, to help teach this theology to their congregation. This is exactly what this song is. Over time the congregation will become familiar enough with the song to sing along as well.

“Oh Great Love of God” has some lyrics that I feel are awkward, but are theological truths that often get left out of worship songs (at least the ones I hear and know). The first verse for instance:

“Victim of our Sacrifice, gift of love a perfect life, all for a wayward bride, all for a wayward bride.”

The repeated phrase is a little awkward. Perhaps we know that we are the ‘Bride of Christ’ but how often are we reminded that we “have wandered away” as the scriptures say. Despite this Christ still died for us. Let us turn to the Chorus:

“Oh great Love of God, who takes away the sins of all of us, gone forever,

Heaven open wide in a¬†resurrection, You won’t be denied, bringing life to the dead and dying.”

I suppose we can argue that this resurrection is the resurrection at the end times. I instead believe that it is a resurrection of the spirit or soul of a man upon salvation. The work of Christ is to restore life, “and life¬†abundantly” This lyric speaks of the mission of God, a mission that sadly some churches do not pursue. I do not wish to bash the Church or churches, for the Church is the hope of the world, for it is the Body and Bride of Christ. It is just a simple truth that church leaders must work to rectify. There are a number of other lyrics that merit a writing about. For now I will leave it here, and instead of writing a novel of a blog, I will write a part 2 for this song.

Thanks for reading!

 

Sabbath 2

You can read the first installments of this series here – Part 1, Part 1.5.

In the last post I talked about the socio-economic reasons for a Sabbath. Almost immediately someone commented that a ‘true sabbath’ day is only Saturday. This stuck me as silly, and although in the OT it does say that the 7th day is to be set apart to be holy, the NT release from the Law leads me to believe that today we do not necessarily need to adhere to that day. The idea of Sabbath is still necessary to our faith and lives. I would argue that as a people of Faith in the one true God Yahwah and his Son Jesus Christ (not to forget the Holy Spirit at all) we still need to Sabbath. For most people this day may be Saturday or Sunday. Others may choose another day. As a church worker, who works on Sundays it’s hard to make that a Sabbath day. For me currently Monday is that day. Some of you hard-core legalists may be shaking your heads or waving your fingers at me, but the idea of Sabbath remains. I sanctify the day, spend it in rest, and in remembrance of what God did.

The Remembrance is what I am now going to focus on. The second reason for sabbath is remembrance. We take the time to remember what God has done for us, for everyone, this includes salvation, creation, the resurrection, everything. It also includes remembering that God did rest on the seventh day, and that it was important for Him to rest, and it is important for us to do so as well. So we should now know that Sabbath (whatever day you pick) is for rest and remembrance (and more to come)!