singing

sing with all you’ve got


i’ve been leading worship for about 18 years. it started with an acoustic guitar at small groups and youth camps. i still can’t play “I Love You Lord” worth a flip.

i love leading. it is something that makes me feel alive. that has always been the case. i love to sing praises to God. i love to sing to Him with all of me, but i have to be careful that i don’t fall in love with the songs, or the singing. there are lots of songs that make my heart cry out to Him and there are songs that i actually weep as they are sung because they are powerful in my life. when i am in the moment, and i don’t analyze it, they are beautiful opportunities of brokenness between God and myself.

sometimes i try and analyze why that particular song caused me to be emotional instead of just enjoying the beauty of being raw and real before God.

as i’ve led over the years, i have sung lots of songs. hymns, and choruses. i’ve sung other people’s songs and my own. i’ve led songs of deep theology,  songs with spiritual themes, and songs without. i try to plan songs that people will sing, or songs that will grab people by the heart or even the throat. now, i’m not trying to manipulate them, or the Spirit. i want to turn their attention to God. i found that when i did things with my agenda that it did not go well.

as i was reading in Colossians today, i was reminded that Paul was impacted by music as well. in the middle of a prayer for the church, he writes out a hymn. it is about Christ and is called the Colossian Hymn. it is found in Colossians 1:15-20

He is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together. He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything–He is first. God was pleased that all of His fullness should forever dwell in the Son, who , as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling the whole creation to Himself–all things in heaven and all things on earth.

wow, what an amazing picture of Christ. i find it really interesting that Paul would use a song to convey to the Colossians Who they belong to. music is one of the strongest pulls to memory. i can see them as this letter is read maybe begin to hear the tune in their head, or maybe the leader who was reading recognized the lyrics and sang that portion of the letter. i can almost imagine the church joining in, and as they sang, they remembered who this Savior is.

so my prayer is that as you sing, you will remember Who you belong to. no matter if you are singing an old hymn, Mumford and Sons, or the latest Justin Timberlake song (My Love is my jam). think of the joy that music brings, and remember that everything belongs to Him and has it’s meaning because of Him.

now….SING!! SING LOUD!

i’ve been pondering this passage…


Colossians 3:16-17 NASB

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16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

i love this passage.  i pray that Christ’s Word dwells richly within me.  the thing i love about this translation is it goes on to say that we teach and admonish one another WITH psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  some translations stop that thought and then talk about singing.  i love the NASB because it is an equivalent translated from the Greek.  the Word of Christ is to CONTINUALLY AND ALWAYS dwell in us, and that teaching can be done with song.

so sing with thankfulness and do all you do in the name of the Lord Jesus.

today is the last full day of camp here…


it’s been fun.  i wish you could have heard the 4th and 5th graders sing All Because of Jesus last night.  it was incredible.

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i love the way children have no qualms about learning a new song and will often sing with abandon, not even knowing which way the melody may go.  they are not afraid to sing, or afraid to be vulnerable in that moment.  oh how i wish adults were like that.  that they would sing with all of their hearts.  that they would run with great wrecklessness into the arms of God.  we care so much what others think of us, but so often forget that we are trying to please the One who loves us and created us to worship Him and Him alone.  What an amazing God.  Thanks Lord for letting me hear the children sing.