What an awesome day Sunday was. I was a real tough guy and only got misty the whole service; I loved hearing from everybody about what God has done at New Song Inland Hills.
Yesterday we spent our morning looking back and looking forward and so for our time singing I wanted to highlight some songs that I think are anthems at New Song Inland Hills and introduce a new song as we move forward to where God will have us.
At Your Name (Phil Whickham) – This song makes for a great call to worship and gathering song. Psalm 81:1 NIV instructs us:
Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
House of God, Forever (Jon Foreman) – I wanted to introduce this song this weekend because as we’re moving forward I wanted to pray that God would lead us and guide us. When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness Moses prayed this:
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here…” Exodus 33.15 NIV
“House of God, Forever” is a paraphrase of Psalm 23 and it’s my prayer that God, our shepherd and our great comfort, would go before us.
You Never Let Go (Matt Redman) – There’s lyrical consistency between “House of God, Forever” and “You Never Let Go.” If “House of God, Forever” is our prayer then “You Never Let Go” is our assurance and our hope.
Man of Sorrows (David Potter) – “The light that is coming for the heart that holds on” from “You Never Let Go” is this:
“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue) – My goal in the final song of each service is to sum up what we’ve prayed, sung, learned, etc in the preceding service. Each verse has says something to say about where New Song Inland Hills has been:
Verse 1 – The God who called the universe into being has bent down towards us to bless us.
Verse 2 – That same God has called us to be agents of change in our communities, to share with them what’s been shared with us.
Verse 3 – God, through His son Jesus Christ, has gone before us, he has fought the battle for us, and he is victorious.
I found it appropriate to end with “Rejoice” because we had been celebrating and looking forward to what God has and will do; for that we must rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.4-7 NIV