One word breaks chains. One word frees slaves. One word confounds demons. One word shatters walls. One word upsets systems. One word unseats cities. One word unsettles hearts. One word helps the hounded, heals the hopeless, yet hurts the hardened. One word makes the fierce flee, the unheard-of happen, and the unthinkable come to pass. One word.
We don’t need many words, lengthy words, or complicated words. Not witty, pithy, catchy words. We don’t need to talk long nor say much. One word, the right word, the Spirit-filled faith-founded God-grounded word is enough to turn everything upside down. With one word, the Son of God freed two demoniacs, opened closed road ways, rocked the economic system of a region, gathered an entire city, and upended a spiritual stronghold.
In short, it takes a word, but it may only take one.
What will you say today, son/daughter of God?
And Jesus said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went… Matthew 8:28-34
Your church will leave Sunday morning humming the music more than they will hang on the message. Yet, most church leaders will give more thought to the words that will be spoken than the worship songs being sung. Here are 4 reasons to mind your church’s music;
- Singing is highly mnemonic. It makes things sticky. People who cannot read or write can internalize volumes of content.
- Singing is highly emotive. It moves our mood. It creates momentum.
- Singing is highly inclusive. Set aside inhibitions and anyone can do it. It is very unifying.
- Singing is highly adaptive. Alter pitch and rhythm and you can “paint” in any color for any situation.
God made our heart strings to bend to music. It is a skeleton key that unlocks what mere “talking” will not. It is in our wiring and you should intentionally wire it into your service’s message, because all of it preaches.
Be desperate for the mystery of our faith, God’s glory dwelling among his people, the splendor and majesty of heaven putting on the backwater, pauper covering of humanity and living day to day with us and in us. Lead your church to recapture the wonder and awe that comes from beholding the glory of God. It is the only medicine for mediocrity. Only awe for the holy mystery neutralizes the numbness and normative faith rampant in our people.
How? Create holy space and ask God to fill it. Like the tabernacle tent in the middle of Israel’s camp, like the temple in the middle of Jerusalem, like Jesus in the middle of flocking and yearning and crying people- make space in your gatherings and messages and songs and prayers. Marginalize your agendas and orders and create room. Don’t use prayer as a transition between courses but the actual platter for the main event. Bring your people to the mountain and watch what God does.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes… John 1:14