Mark Fairweather Tall
Songs of the King
This week we kick off a new sermon series entitled “Songs of the King” where we will be looking at the life and worship of David.
Often people write songs about things that have really impacted them and the lyrics reflect something of their feelings. With that in mind, it can be interesting to find out what has inspired people to write their song. Let me give you a couple of example...
‘My Jesus, my saviour’ is a worship song popular the world over. Darlene Zschech (pronounced Check) wrote it whilst going through a very difficult time. She was desperate to experience the peace of God. She sat down at her old piano that she had had since the age of 5, got out her bible and read Psalm 96. In about 20 minutes she had written the song – given to her by God with lyrics that include: “My Jesus, my saviour, Lord there is none like you. My comfort, my shelter; tower of refuge and strength. I sing for joy at the work of your hands; forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.”
Another song written by Don Moen called “God will make a way” has an important story behind it. It was written after his young nephew was killed in a car accident. Don wanted to find something that might help bring some comfort to his grieving family even as he struggled with his own sorrow. Whilst reading Isaiah 43, he asked God to give him something that would help his family. As he prayed the words come to him: “God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see, he will make a way for me. He will be my guide, hold me closely to his side. With love and strength for each new day; He will make a way”
Our new sermon series considers the idea that certain situations can inspire you to write a song. The book of Psalms is a beautiful book full of songs that were used in worship by the Jews. A number of the Psalms are attributed to King David and we are going to look at some of the Psalms that are linked with events in David’s life. In other words – here is the event and this is how it inspired David to worship God.
I have two hopes through this series. Firstly, we are starting a worship course on Thursday 13th September, so we are encouraging people to think about the way we worship and this series is a part of that process. Secondly and more importantly, my hope is that through it we will learn ways in which we can allow our life situations to inspire our worship of God. Some of our most profound worship can come at those times when we bring the reality of our lives before God, discover His presence afresh and allow this to lead us to the place of true worship. Such an experience can lead us beyond Sunday to living a life of worship. As Paul writes to the Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1