Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Once again we’ll be learning a new song together this Sunday at LifePoint’s gathering. The song is Behold Our God by Sovereign Grace Music. Directly below you’ll find a lyric video of the song. Also below are 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!
Written by Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird & Stephen Altrogge
© 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP), Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).
Why This Song?
Recently, a team of researchers from the astrophysics department of the University of Nottingham made a significant discovery.
Using deep-space images and other data from the Hubble Space Telescope, they found that are at least ten times more galaxies in the universe than scientists had previously estimated. It was once believed that there were as many as two billion galaxies in our universe. But now we’re being told that there are as many as two trillion.
This discovery matters for Christians. Not because it comes as a surprise to us that the universe is unfathomably large, but because it confirms what we believe about the nature and character of God—that He is sovereign, majestic and powerful beyond all comprehension. Creation cannot contain His glory (1 Ki. 8:27).
And this reality is the reason why we’re introducing the song Behold Our God on the Lord’s Day. For His glory revealed to us in the magnitude of creation must compel us to sing biblically truthful words like these,
Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds
In the form of rhetorical questions, these words reflect that God is more glorious than anyone—including the most cutting-edge astrophysicists!—could ever know, for “his greatness is unsearchable” (Ps. 145:3). In fact, Job says that all the glory we see in creation is just a whisper of who God is, which compels him to then ask, “But the thunder of His power, who can understand?” (Job 26:14).
So when you look at the cosmos around you and you see the majesty of an all-knowing, all-wise Creator displayed in dazzling array, just remember that these are but the “outskirts of His ways” (Job. 26:14).
Yet as significant as that is, God’s glory isn’t only on display in the created order. Creation reveals His glory in a general sense, yes. But to end the discussion there would be to stop short of His glory revealed uniquely in Jesus Christ (John 1:18). Thus the song continues,
Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign
Distilled in this short verse is the Gospel of God’s glory (1 Ti. 1:11). The eternal, uncreated Creator became a human being (John 1:1-2, 14). He came to be crucified, but is now risen and reigning in victory upon the throne of heaven (Heb. 1:2-3). His death on the cross has atoned for the guilt of our sinning, and His victory over the grave has dawned a new creation in our once-lifeless hearts. And with these renewed hearts, we now behold the glory of the Lord as we are transformed into His likeness from one degree of glory to the next (2 Co. 3:18). And so we sing,
Behold our God, seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King; nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him
So let’s raise our voices to declare these words together this Sunday. And as we do, let’s dwell upon the glory of our great God and King who has revealed Himself to us powerfully both in creation and in salvation.
Songs for Sunday, October 30, 2016:
Behold Our God
(Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, Stephen Altrogge)
All I Have Is Christ
Come Ye Sinners
(Dan Hamilton, Joseph Hart, Robbie Seay, Ryan Owens, Taylor Johnson)
This I Believe (The Creed)
(Matt Crocker, Ben Fielding)