#WorshipWednesday – Praise the Lord in spirit and in truth.
For this week’s #WorshipWednesday, we have two songs which speak of the worthiness of the Lamb as our saviour and also of God being the great defender of our hearts.
I particularly love the musical style of Is He Worthy by Chris Tomlin, which is sort of a Question and Answer session, which reminds us of God’s promises to us in Jesus Christ and speaks in a lyrically beautiful way of the picture painted in the Book of Revelation about the Lamb who is able to open the scroll. The entire song story can be summed up in the excerpt below:
Revelation 5 [TLB]
And I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne, a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, and sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel with a loud voice was shouting out this question: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and to unroll it?” But no one in all heaven or earth or from among the dead was permitted to open and read it.
Then I wept with disappointment because no one anywhere was worthy; no one could tell us what it said.
But one of the twenty-four Elders said to me, “Stop crying, for look! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, and proved himself worthy to open the scroll and to break its seven seals.”
I looked and saw a Lamb standing there before the twenty-four Elders, in front of the throne and the Living Beings, and on the Lamb were wounds that once had caused his death. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God, sent out into every part of the world. He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting upon the throne. And as he took the scroll, the twenty-four Elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and golden vials filled with incense—the prayers of God’s people!
They were singing him a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it; for you were slain, and your blood has bought people from every nation as gifts for God. And you have gathered them into a kingdom and made them priests of our God; they shall reign upon the earth.”
Then in my vision I heard the singing of millions of angels surrounding the throne and the Living Beings and the Elders: “The Lamb is worthy (loudly they sang it!), the Lamb who was slain. He is worthy to receive the power, and the riches, and the wisdom, and the strength, and the honor, and the glory, and the blessing.”
And then I heard everyone in heaven and earth, and from the dead beneath the earth and in the sea, exclaiming, “The blessing and the honor and the glory and the power belong to the one sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four Living Beings kept saying, “Amen!” And the twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped him.
Be blessed as you worship!
The second song Defender by Jesus Culture, has quickly become a favourite of mine due to its deep lyrics, which send waves and waves of God’s love deep into my heart. One of those lyrics (I think its the bridge of the song) goes:
- When I thought I lost me
- You knew where I left me
- You reintroduced me to your love
- You picked up all my pieces
- Put me back together
- You are the defender of my heart
God knows every time I step out of the narrow path, He knows even before I do, what I am struggling with. His mercy is the shade I live in, He restores my faith and hope, and always, always reintroduces me to His love. All you have to do is praise, bow down and stay still, and this becomes your testimony as well. May your victory always be found in Christ Jesus, our great defender.
Be blessed as you worship!
Grace & Peace!