In the last post we looked at the importance of singing songs of Petition or Engagement in our worship services.  These are songs that we sing to God from our perspective. A song like Breathe is a good example, where we sing about how we are desperate for God, how we are lost without Him, and how we need Him like the air we breathe. A well-planned worship set will have this point of engagement and it can be a powerful time of interaction and worship of God. But as important as this time is, it must be alongside songs that express the greatness of God, his sovereignty, his majesty, and his goodness and everlasting love for us. These kinds of songs express powerful truths about who God is and how he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Lyrically, hymns can express these truths in powerful ways, and can be a great addition to a worship set, but there are also many modern worship songs that do this as well. Or better yet, a hymn arranged with contemporary instruments, like Chris Tomlin’s version of O Worship the King. Check out these lyrics and the background commentary taken from “The One Year Book of Hymns

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

“This hymn by Sir Robert Grant is based on Psalm 104, a psalm of praise. The progression of titles for God in the fifth stanza is interesting. God is first our Maker, our Creator. Then, even before our conversion, He is our Defender, our Keeper from harm. We know Him then as Redeemer, our personal Savior from sin and its penalty. Finally, as we walk day by day with Him, as we commune with Him and enjoy His fellowship, we know Him also as Friend.”

Fantastic! What is your favorite song, traditional or modern, that best expresses God’s greatness to you?