my favorite worship song

Many of you know that the church needs new music that is theologically sound (i.e., non-Platonic) and musically interesting.  I first sang this song at Tullian Tchividian’s church’s men’s retreat last September.  I loved it then, and was reminded of it when we sang it again at the women’s retreat last week.  And now that I can’t get it out of my head (or heart, if you’re into that sort of dichotomy), I’ve decided to make it my all-time favorite worship song ever. 

If you are a worship pastor, you must teach this song to your church and sing it several times per month.  If you pastor a church in China, you need to translate the words for your people.  If you are a senior pastor, you should convince your congregation that they need a theme song and then pick this one.  You should never finish a shower without humming the chorus at least once.  If you do these things, you will effectively innoculate yourself from singing “This world is not my home,” “I’ll fly away,” or “When the roll is called up yonder” ever again.

This link takes you to the Matt Maher, who wrote the song, playing it on his guitar:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xx3PBjaHas&feature=related.  This one takes you to a band version, just to let you know that the song will rock if you want it to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGAZVASoUv4.  And this one shows you that the song even works for conservative Baptists:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc5zeilf8p4&feature=related.

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  1. Maybe we’ll just have to play that next fall at worship chapel.🙂

  2. That’s kind of cute, I guess.
    My favorite “worship song” is still Rock of Ages by Augustus Toplady. Sorry, I haven’t got a link to him performing it in an easy chair with a worldy-dressed woman.
    😀 ZING!

  3. It’s OK. Not on my list of favorites. How about “This Is My Father’s World”? I know it is not a worship chorus, but it does have the theological emphasis you are going for.

  4. Lyrics aren’t terribly original, but not bad. I’m not sure “I’ve decided to make it my all-time favorite worship song ever.” I’m not even quite sure that’s possible (since I imagine there may be another good worship song written someday).

    But I’m glad you like it!!

  5. Couldn’t help it. I posted on my blog and, already, the song’s been a huge encourage! Thanks for the pointer!!

  6. Wow. You are a tough crowd. Maybe it was Tullian’s band, but the song can be very inspiring. And Brian, it’s the Lord’s Prayer! Doesn’t that beat original?

    Okay. Here’s my least favorite song ever: “Seeking you as a precious jewel, Lord to give up I’d be a fool.” “When I fall down you pick me up, when I am dry you fill my cup.” That’s not original either, but it certainly does rhyme!

  7. If you are looking for new hymns with sound theology – check out gettymusic.com

  8. Just Some Guy May 5, 2009 — 8:05 am

    Needs more cowbell.

  9. Mike
    here is another great exmaple of a new song with great – theology – from a friend Dan wilt-

    lyrics and you tube link

    BEFORE ALL THINGS (CHRIST HYMN)
    By Dan Wilt, M.Min.
    Ref.: Col. 1:15-20

    Vamp: G D Em7 C

    Verse 1
    G
    You are the image of
    D
    God invisible,
    Em7 C
    You’re the firstborn over all creation;
    G
    By You all things were made,
    D
    Seen and unseen worlds
    Em7 C
    From earth below, to heights of heaven

    Pre-chorus
    Am7 G/B Dsus
    Every throne, and power and ruler here,
    Am7 G/B C
    Owes a vow of loyalty to You…

    Chorus
    G
    You are before all things,
    D
    You are beyond all things, and
    Em7 C
    Everything is held together in Your hands
    G
    You are the Head of those,
    D
    Who call upon Your name, and
    Em7
    Everything is changed because You
    C
    Rose again

    Verse 2
    You have supremacy,
    Over all that is,
    For God was pleased to fully dwell in You
    Through the death you died
    All is reconciled
    Every part of this creation will be new

    Tag:
    G
    We sing a song of new creation,
    D/F#
    We sing a song of resurrection,
    Em7
    We sing a song of new creation,
    C
    Let Your Kingdom come (repeat)

    © 2009 Dan Wilt, M.Min.,

  10. Here’s a link to a great music video for “This is my Father’s World”. I really like the “As it is in Heaven” by Matt Maher song that you recommended. I had never heard it before and it really is a great way to sing praying. I’ve now recommended it to others!

  11. Here is a list of worship hymns and songs that I place in my top 20 (some of which I have heard for the first time this year) Probably the one I consider the most theologically sound and consistent is Stuart Townend: Many of these can be found on youtube or iTunes…

    1.) “See, What A Morning” by Stuart Townend
    2.) “This is my Father’s World” Sung by Allen Asbury
    3.) “Hope Has Come” Sovereign Grace Music
    4.) “Speak, O Lord” Crossroads Live Worship
    5.) “I will rise” by Chris Tomlin
    6.) “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend
    7.) “As it is in Heaven” by Matt Maher
    8.) “Before the Throne of God Above” Sung by Dave Hunt
    9.) “Nothing but the Blood” by Matt Redman
    10.) “Lord Most High” Sung by Shane Everett
    11.) “When I think about the Lord” by Shane and Shane
    12.) “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” by David Crowder Band
    13.) “Jesus, Hope of the Nations” Sung by Brian Doerksen
    14.) “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong
    15.) “Our Great God” by Fernando Ortega
    16.) “You are my King (Amazing Love)” Sung by Newsboys
    17.) “Lion of Judah” by Robin Mark
    18.) “Song of Hope” by Robbie Seay Band
    19.) “Be Unto Your Name” by Robin Mark
    20.) “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” by Stuart Townend

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