What are five of my favorite worship songs? Let me share them with you and I think it’ll enhance your private worship service before God, but also your evangelism.
Grace Like Rain – Chris Tomlin
The song, Grace Like Rain, is the essence of the gospel as Chris Tomlin incorporates the old song, Amazing Grace, with some amazing lyrics himself. He extends the timeless elements of the gospel that we are saved by grace alone, and that’s why grace is so mazing, but also the truth that God has washed all our sins away, and so “How precious did that grace appear the hour I believed,” and why Tomlin sings, “Hallelujah and all my stains are washed away.” The video of this song also helps us worship God with the lyrics provided so we can sing along with Tomlin. This song is so moving because it contains the gospel; we’re saved by grace alone, by Christ alone.
Come to the Water – Matt Maher
Come to the Water, by Matt Maher, is an appropriate description of all of us, and not wanting to offend, but it’s true that not many wise, noble, or mighty are saved, but God calls those who the world generally despises, so this song is special to me and to our church. We can get a snapshot at our own selves and see that we can come to Christ without money and without price, so Maher sings, “And let all who have nothing, let them come to the Lord…And let all who toil, Let them come to the water,” and of course, Maher is singing about the Living Water, Jesus Christ, for whoever comes to Him shall never thirst again. I believe this worship song is good for any church because it recognizes that all of us are spiritually bankrupt, destitute, and impoverished before we’re saved, but all who come before Christ, He will not turn away (John 6:37, 39). We bring nothing but hands full of sin, but the Living Water washes all our sins away…forever.
There is a Fountain – William Cowper
This is a great songwriter from an extraordinary man of God. William Cowper, although writing such powerful and theologically sound hymns, was himself full of doubt about his own salvation. Perhaps he found refuge in these words, “There is a fountain, filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins, And sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.” Even though this is an older hymn, it is just as relevant today as in the day that it was written. The gospel has not changed and this song speaks that His “precious blood, Shall never lose its power. Till all the ransomed Church of God shall be saved to sin no more,” and repeats this line, “and be saved to sin no more.” Isn’t that a day you look forward to…when you shall never sin again?
Rise – Shawn McDonald
Shawn McDonald’s Rise, is an excellent picture of ashes to beauty for the believer. He sings, “out of these ashes, rise from this trouble I have found and this rubble on the ground, I will rise,” and we will if we’ve trusted in Christ. That’s because McDonald believes, “He who is in me is greater than I will ever be and I will rise,” so he is giving all glory to God, no matter what happens in life. How often have you been where he has been, where his “heart is on the ground, and hope is nowhere to be found…and yet hold on to what I know is true,” and what is that? That he “will rise out of these ashes, rise from this trouble I have found and this rubble on the ground, I will rise,” and so will you too if you worship God in this song for the destitute, downtrodden, and brokenhearted. McDonald expresses in this song what a lot of us have lived through…broken pieces, rubble everywhere, but God promises that we will rise, if we “hold on to what [we] know is true,” and that is Jesus Chris promises to never leave us for forsake us (Heb 13:5), and will help us put all the pieces together again.
Rescue the Perishing – Billy and Cindy Foote
This remake of an old classic, Rescue the Perishing, is a more modern version for those who go out into the world and try to rescue the perishing. If you watch the video, you’ll see what the Great commission looks like, and it certainly includes, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.” Listen to these convicting words, “As we’re playing our songs. While we’re singing them well. Have we forgotten the lost? The reality of hell. If we say we love God. Want to see His will done. Will we offer our lives? Or just the songs we have sung. Do we even care? When will we care?” That’s a very good question, isn’t it? When we will care? After our lost loved one dies? T hen it will be too late. Do we even care? Ouch. That song certainly makes me want to go out right now to be used by God to rescue the perishing.
These are five of my very favorite worship songs and I believe they will inspire you to worship God more fully and to be about His business in rescuing the perishing, because time may be running out and the Lord could return at any moment…and by then, it will be too late to rescue anyone. We must tell people that today is day of salvation because tomorrow many never come. You may never get a second chance…and neither will they who have rejected the only name by which they can be saved, and that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Will you join me today in praying for a divine appointment and share the gospel with the lost? Then we too can rejoice with the angels in heaven that once they were lost, but now they are found.
May God richly bless you
Pastor Jack Wellman
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