The Songs We Sing: More Than Just a Song

Julius Rola Saturday, April 5, 2014 // Worship // Comments

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Songs are not just lyrics. As the saying goes, “Music is medicine for the heart and soul”.

Over the past few weeks, we have been singing songs purposely picked because of the message it brings – a message of hope, a declaration of faith and victory in Christ. These songs are meant to make us understand and go deeper in our relationship God.

In my maiden blog, there are three songs that I will be discussing. My hope and prayer is that after reading this, you will be encouraged and inspired as you face the challenges a believer meets in life.

The first song, In Jesus’ Name, was written by former long-time Hillsong worship leader, Darlene Zschech.  The song is found in the album Revealing Jesus.

Zschech explained in her video blogs that the song’s purpose was to teach people the importance of declaring the name of Jesus in every situation, as well as singing it out with authority.

Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV) that, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In Christ, we can and will overcome. Standing on this truth, believers need to reinforce that victory by declaring His word in whatever circumstance we face today.

When Darlene recorded this song for her live worship album in September 2012, she declared that God is fighting on our behalf, reminding those who specifically have cancer that God is for us and is fighting for us. That in Christ, sickness will bow and that He has conquered everything.

Darlene was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2011. Amazingly, God  used this same revelation to Darlene as she sings the song and declares God’s healing over her condition and over the lives of many people as well.

As the chorus goes:

I will live, I will not die
The resurrection power of Christ
Alive in me and I am free
In Jesus’ Name
I will live, I will not die
I will declare and lift You high,
Christ revealed and I am healed
In Jesus’ Name

God has given us the authority to overcome the disappointments, discouragement and frustrations in life.  In Christ, you and I can overcome.

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The second song I want to talk about is The Anthem by the Planetshakers, taken from their Limitless album.

This song is a powerful declaration that the death of Jesus on the cross guarantees our victory, freedom and worship.

Guilt and condemnation are two of Satan’s powerful weapons to keep a Christian ineffective and unproductive, but through what Christ has accomplished on the cross, we are victorious and we can reinforce that victory in our situation.

Here’s a portion of that song…

By His stripes we are healed
By His nail pierced hands we’re free
By His blood, we’re washed clean
Now we have the victory

Are you sick? Then, by His stripes, declare that you are healed!

Do you feel the guilt of your past sins and mistakes? Be reminded that the blood Jesus shed on the cross has completely cleansed you.

The Scriptures says in 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

What Christ has done for us is far more important than what we do for Him.

Here’s the chorus of the song:

Hallelujah
You have won the victory
Hallelujah
You have won it all for me
Death could not hold you down
You are the risen king
Seated in majesty
You are the risen king

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Finally, the third and last song I’d like to share to you is  from the Planetshakers’ title track album Nothing Is Impossible.  Here’s a portion of the song’s lyrics:

Through You,
I can do anything,
I can do all things
It’s You who gives me strength,
Nothing is impossible
Through You,
Blind eyes are open,
Strongholds are broken,
I am living by faith,
Nothing is impossible

The message of the song is loud and clear – that in God, we can do all things; that in God, nothing is impossible.

Relying in our own strength won’t be enough, instead, we need God’s strength everyday in order for us to overcome the challenges we face.

It is a strong anthem of trust and confidence in God, declaring what He can do in our lives:

I’m not gonna live by what I see,
I’m not gonna live by what I feel
Deep down I,
Know that You are here with me
I know that, You can do anything

Oftentimes, the pressures of life can deal a crushing blow to our confidence, but then again, let this song be our war cry, that in God, nothing is impossible. That as Christians, we will live by faith and not by sight.

Sometimes, we may feel like our prayers are not being answered by the Lord, or nothing seems to be happening in our situation. Yet, leave it all to God. For He is faithful and trustworthy.

Three songs. One declaration: Christ is above our circumstances. And He is our strength. What He has done on the cross assures us of victory, freedom and the authority over sin and condemnation.

Moment of Reflection:

What circumstances seem to overwhelm you these days? Are the waves of doubt crushing your confidence?

Do you feel like you are facing a dead end?

As you take a moment to reflect on these questions, let me leave you with this verse in Luke 18:27:

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

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