Life gets tough at times. Situations can feel big and slightly insurmountable. Problems can arise and conflict can make life feel crazy. However, we need to remind ourselves that God is bigger than our problems. He’s bigger than our situations and is able to do above and beyond all we ask or imagine.
God’s faithfulness is displayed in so many ways! He has been good and constant in our lives and there are so many ways we can celebrate and remember that fact. However, as we begin a new month and start a new worship set, we’re going to shift our focus to God’s power and greatness.
As we wrap up our worship focus of God’s faithfulness, I want to share with you a beautiful retake on a classic chorus. “God, You’re So Good” was originally written by Travis Green and became popular during the Jesus movement. This was a time in Christian music when songs were simplified and contained choruses that were catchy and easy to remember. Song writers were moving away from the hymn style and structure and were creating short, easily learned melodies and lyrics.
Another classic hymn, the story behind “It is Well with My Soul” is one of triumph through tragedy. It is the testimony of one man’s unwavering faith in God despite the loss of almost everything. It is a reminder for us that no matter the hard we have to navigate, God is faithful and worthy of our praise.
Some songs are classics. They have withstood the test of time and are still around after over a hundred years. Today’s song is one of these timeless hymns. We could not do a worship set centered on God’s faithfulness and not highlight “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisholm and William Runyan.
I hope everyone is having a marvelous summer! August is here…where has the time gone?! Last month’s worship set was a powerful one, wouldn’t you agree? As I was prayerfully thinking through what this month’s set should be, I realized that July was a hard act to follow. However, God really impressed upon my heart the message of His faithfulness and goodness to us. So this month we will be focusing our praise on these wonderful reasons to rejoice and thank God for His incredible faithfulness to us.
The Bible tells us that God the Father lifted up God the Son—Jesus Christ—above all and that at His name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2). He alone is high over all, and by His name and His sacrifice are we saved. Therefore, how fitting it is to worship Him and lift His name up as the only name.
As stated back in May on our Worship Set 2, during each month with five weeks I will share a song useful for communion. Now these songs are appropriate for anytime, because they magnify and glorify Jesus. But I feel that they are especially fitting for this part of the service: remembering Jesus’ extreme sacrifice.
Psalm 19:1-4a states, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”
Known as modern day hymn writers, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend have co-written many great songs for the church. But perhaps the most well-known modern hymn of our day is “In Christ Alone.”