from Pastor Steve Berg
This Sunday we will begin learning a new song as a congregation. The song is called “Behold Our God”. It’s important for us to understand why we’re singing the words that we are when we sing to the Lord. Colossians 3:15-16 is one of the most informative and compelling passages of scripture when it comes to why the Church through the ages worships through song.
Worship is far more than the songs we sing, but singing is one of the main ways God has ordained that we express our worship. Why?
For one. Singing builds and maintains unity as a church. God is the sole object of our worship, but our songs are truths sung to and over one another. As a body we declare, affirm, and encourage one another with our songs.
Singing is also a God ordained medium given to us to remember his promises, his presence, his power, his provision, and his person (his character). This is what the song "Behold our God" accomplishes. While we want to be emotionally authentic before God, This song will help engage the ever-changing reality of our emotions with the rock solid truth of God’s word.
The song comes directly from Isaiah 40. Hear the words of the prophet -
Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
God has been reminding me a lot lately about the power and importance of this one word; remember.
Why the continual call to remember?
We have an age-old problem: we forget and we neglect. We turn our hearts and minds to other things daily, if not every hour.
God, in his mercy, calls us over and over again to simply remember and not forget or neglect who He is. Who He is matters most.
The Song Behold our God provides a chance for us as a church community to come together, slow down from the chaos of life, and together set our minds on who God us. It’s so good to bring our pain, our fear, our anxiety, our hurt, and our stresses before God. May we always come honestly before the Lord. But may we never let those emotions rule our hearts. May we know. May we declare. May we listen. May we sing; He alone is God.