Revised Songs


Over the years I have been somewhat frustrated by Christian songs which are not in a form which can be sung to God, but to be sung to each other.  For example there is a song called "He is Lord".  The words are:

He is Lord, He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord.
Ev'ry knee shall bow, and ev'ry tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord.

To relieve my frustration, and have revised this song as follows to allow me to sing it directly to the Lord, and to make it more Scriptural and complete:

You are Lord, You are Lord,
You are risen from the dead, and You are Lord!
Ev'ry knee shall bow, and ev'ry tongue shall confess
that Jesus, You are Lord - to the glory of God our Father!
Yes, Jesus, You are Lord!

This allows me to have a closer, more intimate relationship with the One to Whom I am singing, but has the adverse effect of putting me 'out of synch' with the rest of a congregation which is singing their songs to each other.  But I would rather be more 'in synch' with God and less in synch with His people than to be in synch with people and out of synch with God!  And I am finding a small number of others who feel the same way as I do!

As a very basic guitar player I have always begun my songs by tuning the strings of my guitar to a suitable standard.  Somewhere along the line I realized that it would be wise for me to ask Jesus to tune my heart to be in tune with Father's heart.  I have done so for years, and find that I actually experience 'good vibrations' in my body when I am worshipping God!  I believe and trust that Father is pleased with the work Jesus has done in my life, is doing, and will do forever!

My most memorable experience of worship occurred at a conference held at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan years ago.  A well known Christian man was leading worship, and he was a gifted worship leader.  There was a crowd of about four thousand people in attendance, and as we sang to God the Lord spoke to me and said, "Just listen."  As I did I realized that I could not distinguish individual voices at all!  That morning I had read in the apostle Paul's epistle to the Romans, chapter 15 as follows:

Rom 15:5-6  Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind, one towards another, according to Jesus Christ: That with one mind and with one mouth you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One mind and one mouth!  I experienced that on that occasion, and it was wonderful!

P.S.:  Then the worship time was over, and the worship leader began to teach, and the presence of God disappeared.  I realized that a person might be gifted in one function, and not gifted at all in another function in the Body of Christ.  I then wondered whom God has gifted and called to teach on that occasion, and why that person was not teaching.  hmmmm    Maybe next time.....