- It’s almost impossible to overstate the power a new song can have on the church community.
Years ago on a trip to Israel, we attended a Sunday service where I heard “You Are My Hiding Place” for the first time.
I didn’t just hear it, I felt it—it overwhelmed me. My first Sunday back at the church I pastored in West L.A., I sat at the keyboard before teaching and taught the new song to our gathered church. It was simply one of those songs that was born of the Spirit for that time. After the flood of life that came as we sang it together, I taught the round with the women beginning as the men got to “I will trust in you.” The presence and power of the Holy Spirit filled our hearts and the auditorium, and we were simply beyond ourselves in worship. It was liquid love. Worship changed. We changed. We saw the Lord and couldn’t stop singing to Him. People who never stood, stood. Those who never lifted their hands reached to the Lord. Tears flowed where hearts had been hard.
A new song is all about origin. Is it born of the Spirit to glorify God, or is it well crafted but born of the soul? A new song must come from a new heart—a broken and humble heart that’s being renewed continually by the Holy Spirit.
in this brief moment we pause from our distractions to look to You,
to thank You for making us branches to Your vine, voices for Your song.
You’ve called us to be worshipers in spirit and in truth,
and You’ve called us to be lead worshipers
to enable Your church
to praise and honor You,
to bow down,
to yield our bodies as living sacrifices,
to kiss the Son.
How unable we are, Father, to sing or lead or write
or do anything toYour glory apart from You!
We’re utterly unable to edify the church apart fromYou.
Apart from You we can do nothing.
We confess we know the frustration
of working in our own strength to do what only Your Spirit can do.
Though we know everything of value comes from our intimacy with You,
we still often fail to seek You first and fully.
We presume and get ahead of You
as we seek to put together worship sets,
as we try to find or write music,
as we’re pressed for time
and overwhelmed with responsibilities.
even in this prayer, in this moment,
we ask You to draw our attention,
to slow our pace,
to fill us withYour Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, come, fill me as I surrender my soul toYour rule.
I yield my emotions, intellect, and will to You.
I offer my body to You as a living sacrifice.
You live in me and will provide everything I need for this day, every day.
Lord, You have new songs for me, for Your people, hidden in the intimacy of our relationship,
songs born of Your love for me, born of the Spirit.
Father, instead of seeking You for new songs,
I ask—we ask—for new hearts,
for the continual renewing of our hearts.
And we pray that all the new songs You have in us to sing
will flow as we gaze upon the beauty of Your holiness.
We pray that You might be glorified, in Jesus’ name, amen.