Song Story: He Has Come

Psalm 47, 48 and Isaiah 61

Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.

In the words of Barney Stinson, "Challenge accepted."

There was a songwriting course I was taking and the instructor assigned a homework project to write a song based on a passage of scripture. I had been reading through the Psalms and this passage jumped out to me. I recognized the tie-in with a prophecy from Isaiah. Many times, because of our reverence for the Scripture, we tend to write Scripture Songs with a slower tempo, a mellow, contemplative mood. But with the opening line of Psalm 47, I just couldn't make that work. This sentence is bursting with passion and electricity. Fast songs don't need a lot of chord progression. Simple chords and an easy melody. That's it.

The song was written. I shared it. And with a couple of minor tweaks, we demoed the song for the church. A co-writing friend of mine, polished it up a little and it became a favorite of the local church. 

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I love the thought of God being with us. This idea evokes excitement and worship for me. The Lord Most High, the Great King over all the earth! He is here. With us. Right now. He's here to set us free. To give us peace. He doesn't come just sit around our campfire and not invite us into something more. He comes to us to draw us into Him.

This is another thing I love about worship. God is present everywhere. But when we worship, we open ourselves up to the awareness of His presence and we are drawn into Him. 

He has given us good things. We should lift our voice and magnify our King.

2 Comments

by Lovie | Apr 21st, 2011 6:13am

Great tihkinng! That really breaks the mold!

by Lyza | Apr 21st, 2011 1:04am

That's way more clever than I was exepctnig. Thanks!

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