Saturday, September 13, 2014

The joy of singing

As you may remember, I joined the choir recently. It had been three decades since I last participated in a choir or enjoyed college voice lessons. Other than a precious time when I took voice lessons from Gail Harris (who is absolutely the best and most encouraging teacher), I had sung very little since my college days.  My minister of music, Doug Spires, was gently relentless.  I gave up counting the times he asked me to join the choir.  One Sunday not long ago, he had asked again.  That very Sunday, our interim preacher, who doesn't even know me, spoke right to me.  "Some of you have been asked to do something over and over and you keep saying no."  That's not quite how he said it, but I was pretty sure he was speaking to me.  I text'd Doug and agreed to give choir a try.  I was just going to give it a month. The next thing I knew, I was signing up for the Christmas music. It looks like I'm singing again.  At least for a while.

There was a song in our folder that first night that I just loved. Jesus, Only Jesus by Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Nathan Nockels, and Tony Wood.  Every time we sing it, I feel like Buddy from the movie Elf.  "The best way to spread Jesus cheer is singing loud for all to hear."  The words are so powerful, and they are so very stuck in my head, that I decided to share it with you.  This vimeo video is of our little choir singing it one Sunday morning.  I'm not sharing this because of how well we sang.  I'm sharing it because I want you to hear the words and the music. We would do really well if we all had these words stuck in our heads and tattooed on our hearts.

"You stand alone, I stand amazed.  Jesus, only Jesus."  


Who has the power to raise the dead
Who can save us from our sin 
He is our hope, our righteousness
Jesus, only Jesus

And who can make the blind to see
Who holds the keys that set us free
He paid it all
To bring us peace
Jesus, only Jesus

Holy King, Almighty Lord
Saints and angels all adore 
I join with them and bow before
Jesus only Jesus

Who can command the highest praise
Who has the name above all names
You stand alone
I stand amazed 
Jesus only Jesus 

Holy King, Almighty Lord
Saints and angels all adore 
I join with them and bow before
Jesus only Jesus

You will command
The highest praise
Yours is the name 
Above all names

You stand alone 
I stand amazed
Jesus only Jesus

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  There is no better way to prepare for eternity than to join with the saints and angels in praising Jesus.