sing and make music

In Ephesians 5:19-21, Paul lists out some different evidences of the Spirit-filled (or spiritually mature) life. A clear point in this section is that Christians are to be musical people (“sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,”). Now hear this, I don’t play any instruments and my voice is best appreciated by a 15 month old with no regard for taste, but I choose to express my love for Jesus and my praise of God with music regularly because it is part of how God created us to connect with Him and encourage one another. Music is good. Singing is good. Praising God is very, very good (and you don’t have to be good at it… at all!).

One of the things that I have really loved about our Sunday night service (Remix) is the worship music. One of the worship leaders is Steven Shaw, a dear friend of mine, and I have recently been really blessed and impressed by his desire to grow as a worship leader and to make the music we sing even more exalting of Christ. A great example of his heart in this was seen this past Sunday night when he played a song called Take Me In (Dave Browning, 1986).

Take me past the outer courts
Into the secret place,
Past the brazen altar,
Lord, I want to see Your  face.
Pass me by the crowds of people,
The priests who sing Your praise;
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness
And it’s only found in one place.

Take me in to the Holy of Holies,
Take me in by the blood of the Lamb;
Take me in to the Holy of Holies,
Take the coal, cleanse my lips,
Here I am.
Take the coal, cleanse my lips,
Here I am.

Steven loves this song and has played it other times in the past, but was convicted that it wasn’t quite complete. He wanted to take people past the Old Testament understanding of approaching God and make sure they know that Christ has made it possible for all who are called by His name to approach God. And even more, that we are now called His temple and we have the task to bring His name to others. So Steven wrote this additional verse:

Christ made us priests before God.
Through the cross we are made clean.
Christ has changed this,
We are the temple He is in.
Help me tell all of Your people,
Of Your glory and Your grace
You died for us and You long for us,
Let us turn to You and praise.

I was really blessed by this addition: first because of his intention bring greater meaning, but also because it sounds really good.

So click the play button or download and give this a listen to…

Take Me In – by Anew (Steven & Lauren Shaw, with Adam Mendez) recorded live at Remix on January 29, 2012.

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/TakeMeIn-Anew/TakeMeIn-Anew.mp3]

For more great (free) music from Steven & Lauren visit their blog at anewband.com.

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