There is a Sound

The CCLI top 25 is a list that shows the top 25 songs used in churches today during their worship services. While there a number of songs on here that are great musically, lyrically and theologically. However, I believe that there are better songs still. I must emphasis that this is my opinion, and nothing more. I may have good logic behind my opinion, but it doesn’t make it the right songs for this list. My hope is that some churches will come across these posts and think about using these songs.

The second song on my list is “There is a Sound” by David Crowder*Band. For those that know me there is no surprise that I have a number of DC*B songs on the list. DC*B has long put together a stellar set of songs both musically and theologically. What I have always loved about them, is that their lyrics make you stop and think, they change the way you see your faith and the way you think about God and who God is. This song has similar lyric.

“There is a Sound” has a few lines that I just love and for me make a song that should make the CCLI Top 25 list. First lets look at what I believe is the most important set of lyrics:

“He alone is holy,

He alone most high

To God be the glory

To God be the glory

Spirit, Father, Jesus Christ”

There are three reasons these lyrics are so important, first: the trinity is clearly mentioned. Currently zero CCLI top 25 songs mention the trinity. Second it mentions that God alone is Holy and separately that we should give God glory. I don’t think that Christians really think about the difference between God’s glory and God’s holiness. Holiness is who God is, it is as much of God as Love is. God’s glory is what is seen or heard of God. This could be by His own doing, like His creation, or His revelation or His appearance before Moses and others. It could also be His work in our life and our testimony to that.

Lets look at a few other lyrics now:

“Behold the Lamb of God

Who takes away our sin

Have Mercy”

This is the pre-chorus for the song, it communicates a knowledge and understanding that our sin is taken away by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, but that mercy is still needed. Our sins being taken away is a free gift of grace. We should never take it for granted, God’s mercy and grace is something we should always cherish and hold in high regard. Which, to me, is what the lyrics say.

Ok last set:

“There is a love, like the brightest day

When all is glowing

In unending praise.”

This communicates the brilliance of God’s love, and the unending praise that results because of that love. This song is so great! I hope you take the time to listen to it.

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The Doxology

On my list of songs that I think should be on the CCLI top 25 list, the Doxology starts us off. The reason for this is two-fold: 1) Its short, simple and easy to remember, 2) It is trinitarian in nature. Most of our popular worship songs today are not trinitarian in nature. Additionally the Doxology communicates something very important, and quite apparently (if your looking). It communicates that all of creation is called to worship God. Lets take a look at a few lyrics:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow”

If we are to praise God, and praise Him properly we are to do it fully to God. This means worship must be trinitarian. I have no doubt that anyone could argue that worship shouldn’t be trinitarian, but I believe it must. At the very least because the blessings of the Lord are possible to us through the word of the trinity. We are brought into a whole relationship with Father through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and by the endwelling of the Holy Spirit in us. Thus, the blessings of God are made possible because of that relationship, sent by the Father, through the blood of Christ and we are only able to accept them because of this blood and the indwelling of the spirit.

Ok next lines:

“Praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above, ye heavenly Hosts.”

These two lines encapsulate all of creation. It does not say “Praise Him all humanity here below.” it says “creatures”! If you turn to Revelation 5-7 you will see how all of creation ends up praising the Lord.

Lastly,

“Praise, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”

Trinitarian worship, more fully spelled out. This song calls all of creation (and perhaps more specifically the Church) to praise God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!