Well this blog post has been a long time coming! I've had a few requests for song titles, lyrics, and ideas about the music that we do in NewSong each week.
I thought I'd start taking time to post about the songs we do, and how I pick them and find them. But first, to catch up on the past few weeks!!
On January 1st, we had a great time of worship with a few instruments and a lot of singing. That morning, I did a song called "Never Once" by Matt Redman. The song is off of his newest CD called "10,000 Reasons". We sing 10,000 Reasons as part of our regular worship and I must say, when I want to sing anthems of praise and freedom to the Lord, I pop this CD in. It's a masterpiece! Matt does a great job providing catchy songs that usher you into the presence of the Lord with just a simple listen. His songs are raw about the life that we lead and remind me of the triumph that Jesus has attained. "Never Once" reminded me that at the end of the day, when I'm kneeling on the battleground of my life, the Lord never left me alone. He brought every victory and I need only to be still and let Him fight for me.
Most recently, we've been playing a good number of songs off of the Passion:Here For You album. This album was released in March 2011. I was at Passion Conference 2011 and got to experience these songs led by their writers with 20,000 other college-aged students. This album is one that I've listened to thoroughly and I never get tired of singing the songs. Last week, January 22nd, we did three songs from the album entitled, "Here For You", "Waiting Here For You" and "All My Fountains". All three are incredible songs. "Waiting Here For You" is truly musically beautiful but the declaration of the people of God to wait on the Lord's plan is very special. Where else do you find a group of people who openly declare that they will wait for something? Our society wants everything now so to stand with brothers and sisters in Christ and make the bold declaration that we want the Lord to move but we will wait on Him is exhilarating. The fact that we'd praise Him in the waiting is amazing. Waiting for the Lord has meant so many things to me personally, from waiting on finances, on relationships, on clarity in direction, on Him to speak to me, that I know this song speaks for all of our lives.
As I mentioned previously, we also did a song called "All My Fountains". I can't tell you all how happy I was to finally do this song!! I've loved it since I heard it the first time. We have FANTASTIC musicians that volunteer each week and this was the week where I finally had the exact combination to pull this song off. Landon did a great job leading it! There a few songs that I love to just shout to the Lord, and this is one of those. "Open the Heavens/ Come living Water/ All my fountains are in You!" What a privilege it is to sing Scripture!
Just in case you are looking for more music to listen to, Matt Maher's newest CD called "The Love in Between" is fantastic.
If you ever want to know about a song that we do in NewSong, please contact me at email@example.com
I hope that you all have a great week! I'm excited for what the Lord has in store this week as we will worship together again.