Post by John Gardner
I’ll admit it: I’m a YouTube fanatic. Not in an unhealthy way, mind you, though I have been known to occasionally give in to the diversions of the latest videos gone “viral” when I need a good laugh. For me, YouTube is one of the greatest resources for researching, studying, and preparing to lead others in worship. Whether it’s sermons (the most important element in any worship service), song stories, instructional videos, or simply an opportunity for personal or family worship time at home, I feel like I can find just about anything online. Of course, this also requires discernment, as there’s far more trash than treasure on the World Wide Web. Don’t believe everything you hear on YouTube!
The same goes for song lyrics. Throughout the history of the Church, the Holy Spirit has gifted hymn writers to pen some incredible lyrics through which we praise the Lord by singing to Him and to one another of His attributes, and of His love for us. In fact, I would venture to say that many — if not most — Christians obtain their theological beliefs from the hymns they sing and commit to memory during worship services. This is why, in an era in which many “worship” songs contain lyrics which seem to be more concerned with rhyme schemes than good doctrine — giving us songs that are trite, at best, and, at worst, downright heretical — it is more important than ever to use discernment when choosing which songs will be appropriate to incorporate into our worship services. I am so incredibly grateful to be under the direction of a Worship Minister who is grounded in good doctrine, and who takes lyrical discernment very seriously.
This is also why I am such a big fan of Keith & Kristyn Getty. The Gettys are Irish-born (now US citizens) modern hymn writers who seem to have perfected the art of combining theological Truths and melodies which are equally timeless, yet imminently relevant. Some of their hymns which we have sung recently at Stevens Street include “In Christ Alone”, “Hear the Call of the Kingdom”, and “The Power of the Cross”. Songwriters like these make our job easy, because their lyrics can always be trusted, and their melodies are catchy and easily singable for congregations. Their newest album, “Awaken the Dawn”, is quite possibly their best yet, and is full of some truly incredible worship hymns. You can purchase it from their website: www.gettymusic.com.
To introduce you to this album, here are a series of YouTube videos which have been posted in the last couple weeks. The first two are from a recent appearance on “100 Huntley”, Canada’s longest-running daily talk show:
Did you notice the mention of their pastor, Alistair Begg? He’s one of my favorite preachers… and Robert’s last post was about one of his sermons. Anyway, here are some videos of several of the songs from “Awaken the Dawn”… enjoy!
This album also includes the hymn “Behold the Lamb”, which we sang last Sunday night at Stevens Street. Be looking for several more of these hymns to make their SSBC debut soon!