First Trinity, Music, Prayer

God’s Word is AMAZING! – Week 2 Memory Verse Song

God’s Word is truly AMAZING!  As I shared in the children’s sermon this morning, there are many things that amaze me about God’s Word, but the thing that amazes me the most is its power to change our lives.  I loved Pastor’s sermon today that outlined just 7 of the MANY ways God’s Word changes us.

Our memory verse for this week is a simple but POWERFUL prayer in which we ask God to show us those wonderful things in His Word.

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18)

To help us memorize this verse, I bring you week 2’s memory verse song.  In addition to a normal recording below, you’ll find a recording of First Trinity’s choir leading the congregation in singing this beautiful verse in today’s traditional worship service.  I pray these songs help us all hide God’s Word in our hearts.

You can find and/or downloard all the songs throughout the series here.

First Trinity, God-Sighting Saturday, Music

Scripture and Song… So Beautiful Together! [God Sighting Saturday]

I am so excited for the 40 Days in the Word study that’s starting THIS week at First Trinity!  Our first sermon in the series was last weekend and the first of the classes started about 20 minutes ago in another part of the building.  I am already seeing God doing amazing things in this for our congregation and can’t wait to see all the ways He shows up in the next 40 days.

One aspect of the study is memorizing a Bible passage each week.  It’s important for us to hide God’s Word in our heart so that it’s there when we need it.  However, some people feel as if they don’t have the skill to do that.  While they are short verses and it would be easy to just tell people to get over the fear and just DO it, I thought of ways that may help people.  I love music and one of my favorite ways (and one of the easiest ways for me) to hide God’s Word in my heart is when it’s put to music.  So, I decided to compose a song with each week’s memory verse so that I could hide it in my heart and if I’m already doing that much, why not share it with others?  So here it is!  Week 1’s memory verse put to music:

(If you’re viewing this in a blog reader of some kind, you may have to actually go to my blog website to listen to the song.)

I had a lot of fun with this first one.  I especially found myself thinking about this week’s method of studying Scripture which is the “pronounce it” method.  In this practice you emphasize and then reflect on each major word in the passage to ponder what that specific word tells you about the passage as a whole.  Through repetition, dynamics, and melody, this emphasis on each word is easy to do through music and I had fun trying to bring out each word in a different way throughout the song. Obviously these songs are going to be short and repetitive because I want to stick with what’s written, but I hope that in the long run, that helps… that these songs get stuck in our heads and we find ourselves singing them throughout the day reminding us of God’s Word and it’s place in our life.  I am also excited about the fact that I may have gotten a few others to join in the composing process for the 6 weeks ahead!  (If you want in, let me know!)

Enjoy and keep your eyes open… God’s going to do great things in the next 40 days! Feel free to share what you’re learning about this verse or God’s Word in general in the comments section.

First Trinity

In the Presence of the Author

Last Thursday, I was challenged by someone to read the entire book of Hebrews at least once every day for a week.  I must admit that I have not accomplished this challenge, but each time I have made it through the book, I’ve been left in awe, wonder, and longing to read it more.

I share this not to say that we need to read large portions of Scripture each day, nor to show off, nor that every time we read it we’ll have some grand revelation.  Rather, I say this because in reading these passages lately, I’ve been reminded of how amazing and powerful and beautiful God’s Word is.  How can I have read something multiple times in one week and still feel as if I’m only beginning to grasp the very edges of what the writer is trying to communicate?!?

I also share this as we begin our 40 Days in the Word study at First Trinity, because I think it’s important for us to remember the depth of  God’s Word and the way it applies to our lives so vividly.  Each time I’ve read those 13 chapters of Hebrews, God continues to point out new things and sheds light on His Word through the experiences of my week.

For example, the other night I went to a dinner where people where sharing some “foundations” in their lives growing up, like family, coaches, clubs, churches, etc.  The next day as I got to Hebrews 11, I admittedly went into it thinking “okay here we go again… the “Hall of Faith” chapter, nothing new here… just a bunch of people who lived ‘by faith’.” But when I hit verses 8-10 my attitude quickly changed as I read this sentence: “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”  The verses before talk about how Abraham left what was comfortable and familiar to him, likely his “foundation” in order to find a city that had its foundations built by God alone.  This chapter I had read through countless times came alive to me in a new way simply because of a dinner I went to.  It amazes me and reminds me of the verse back in chapter 4 that describes God’s Word as “living and active”.

Another cool piece in reading Scripture over and over and over again is seeing words or phrases that appear repeatedly throughout a book.  My favorite so far in Hebrews is “draw near”, which I’ve found 6 times in the 13 chapters.  How amazing it is to know that our God is not a distant God who wants us to have it all together.  Rather, He invites us to draw near to Him just as we are, confident in his forgiveness and grace.

And one of the most beautiful ways we do this, is to meet Him in His Word.

“Rarely do we have the privilege of opening a book in the presence of the author. When we study Scripture, we have that privilege.” ~ Mike Glenn

Jesus, as we begin this 40 Day Journey to love the Word, learn the Word, and live the Word, may we understand the beautiful privilege we have to be able to connect so personally with you…to stand in the Presence of the Author and have Him tell us why He wrote what He wrote and what it all means.  We are not left alone to figure it all out, but have You as our guide. Lead us through this journey so we can know You more.  Help us not just read the Word but to live it out in our everyday lives so others may know you as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!