Friday, June 1, 2012

Power of a Song: Where Would We Be

Matt Redman
Yes, I'm getting back to one of my passions; writing about Jesus. I've decided to do a series of posts on some of the powerful music/worship songs that have impacted me...songs that we are currently singing at the church I lead at. First up? An incredible song by a gifted artist from an "awe-inspiring" album about an indescribable God.

The song? "Where Would We Be" by Matt Redman, found on the album 10,000 Reasons.

Let's rewind to August, 2010. The world watched in horror as 33 miners were hopelessly trapped in the San Jose copper-gold mine in Chile. The miners were trapped and there was absolutely nothing they could do to rescue themselves. Their only chance at survival was not them digging their way, their only chance at survival was to be rescued. What unfolded was an amazing story as the miners went from a place of hopelessness to jubilation. This story served as the inspiration for Matt Redman as he penned this song and there are so many spiritual implications. Consider some of the lyrics...

We couldn't escape, the sin and the shame that kept us bound
We couldn't break through, we couldn't reach you, so you reached down

Where would we be without your love, we'd still be lost in darkness
Where would we be without your cross, you made a way to save us

Just like those miners, we too were trapped in a cave...a cave of our own making. Sin. And just like the miners, were too were unable to save ourselves. There was no chance at digging ourselves out. The law was powerless to save us...we needed a Savior.

"For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering." (Romans 8:3)

And just as we were running out of oxygen with death knocking on the door, Jesus comes.

You are the hope eternal, You are the Light of this world
Jesus our rescuer

We're safe in the arms of Your embrace
We're breathing in Your freedom
Lifting a song of highest praise
And breathing out Your anthem
Oh, Your love, oh, Your love

Jesus. The Light of the World. Jesus, our Rescuer. Jesus, the sweetest name in heaven. Jesus.

Worship is simply responding to all that God is, all that He has done, and all that He is doing. God reveals, we respond. That response is worship. Contained in the lyrics of this song are both aspects of worship; God's revelation, and our response. The lyrics speaking of who Jesus is and what is done are the revelation; the lyrics singing about our praise and "breathing out [His] anthem" are our response.

A powerful message - of lost-ness, and rescue. A powerful song. I leave you with one last lyric from it...

We live our lives to thank You
How could we not adore You?
Jesus our Rescuer

Click here to watch a short video of Matt Redman and this "song-story"

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