Sunday, June 05, 2016: New Song Sunday – “Speak O Lord”

…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)

Once again, we’ll be learning a new song together at LifePoint’s gathering this Sunday. The featured song is actually a hymn entitled Speak O Lord, performed by modern hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty. Directly below you’ll find a video which features a recording of the song. Also below are lyrics, an explanation of why we’ve chosen this song for corporate worship, and a link for download from iTunes.

I pray you will use these resources to make the most of the Lord’s Day. Enjoy!

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your holy Word
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory

Teach us, Lord, full obedience
Holy reverence, true humility
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity
Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority
Words of power that can never fail
Let their truth prevail over unbelief

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us
Speak, O Lord, ’til Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory

Why This Song?

Recently, the Pew Research Center released new data which indicated that the majority of Christians in the United States don’t believe that regular Bible intake and weekly church attendance are essential for the Christian life.

What’s even more troubling is that Pew’s data compared the top five values of American Christians with that of American non-Christians and, with only one exception, there was no difference.

This reveals a great deal about what many Christians think Christianity is. And unsurprisingly, it doesn’t have very much to do with the obedient, costly faith in the risen Christ which was taught and modeled by the apostles of the early church.

Rather it has been reduced to what has been referred to as Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—a sub-Christian religious viewpoint which assumes that God, though largely uninvolved in our daily lives, wants us to be good, moral people with high self-esteem.

While followers of Jesus shouldn’t be bad, immoral people who hate themselves, good self-esteem and what your grandma taught you about right and wrong don’t necessarily constitute the fundamental components of “the faith once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jd. 3).

That is to say, the majority of Christians are fundamentally misguided. Why? Because the very things they deem as non-essential (namely regular Bible intake and church gatherings) are, in fact, extremely essential for the Christian life. After all, you won’t value what is biblical if you don’t practice what is biblical. No wonder our top 5 values don’t look any different than the world’s!

It’s crucial that we understand how this all fits together. The practices that most Christians are neglecting are the very means by which the Holy Spirit is routinely conforming our desires to His will. Without them, our so-called Christianity will spiral into bland inconsequentiality (just look at what has happened to most mainline denominations that have embraced liberal theology).

On the other hand, being exposed to the truth of the Bible in the context of the worshiping assembly is how we’re being made into Christ-centered, Word-formed, Spirit-filled men and women who are serious about pleasing God and loving one another. It’s how the Holy Spirit makes us courageous enough to re-evaluate our top values in light of what the Bible says.

This is why we need to sing songs like Speak O Lord when we gather. We need to be reminded that the Word of God builds up the church of God and therefore we must gather regularly for the worship of God. And these lyrics serve to instill that within us by providing us with a compelling vision of why it is we come to church:

Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory

So as we prepare to make the most of the upcoming Lord’s Day, let’s truly consider the words of this hymn. They can powerfully reconnect us with the main point of Sunday—hearing from God as His Word is sung, prayed, preached and read among the community of faith. It is in this context that we’re learning what it means to “receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save [our] souls” (Jas. 1:21).

And when that happens, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism dies because we’ve become fascinated by the Bible’s vision of a Christianity that is profoundly Christian.

Songs for Sunday, June 05, 2016:

The Solid Rock
As performed by The Northwest Collective

Grace Alone
As performed by The Modern Post

Speak O Lord
As performed by Keith & Kristyn Getty

Jesus Paid It All
As performed by Kristian Stanfill

Let The Nations Be Glad
As performed by Matt Boswell

About Tyler Greene (155 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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