Behind The Worship Music is an in-depth look at how the songs are chosen for Sunday morning service. LHBC's Worship Leader, Dewey Noordmans, gives a brief description to how or why each song was selected and the significance to the message for that week. Scripture and a few key words are given as a prompt by Tony Randall to begin the process and the rest is left to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct.

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Sunday July 21, 2019
Message: Such A Fine Christian
Keywords this week: None
Scriptures: Matthew 7:13-14
We had Joel McGarvey guest speaking to kick off our VBS week and I will admit to you all that I kind of picked this set list blindly. I wasn’t given the scripture or keywords within the necessary timeline, so I decided to follow the VBS Theme for this set list; faith.
Be Bold, Be Strong by Integrity Kids!
I had many reasons to pick this song; it speaks of being bold in your faith, trusting God, it was a classic children’s worship song back in my day (used in past VBS’s as well!), and it has hand motions! Since we are having one of our VBS teachers speak I thought it would be great to play a song that it more geared toward the kids in our congregation to get them involved and perk their ears up a bit.
Joshua 1:9 (TLB)
Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I Give Myself Away by William McDowell
Now we get serious and start talking to those big kids in the congregation. I wanted to take a couple steps back and show how we can get to that place of boldness that we sung about in the opening song. Yes, I understand “Be Bold Be Strong” is used as a “children’s song” in most cases, but it still proclaims truths about our God. How foolish would we be to write off the very songs we allow our children to worship with? "Be Bold, Be Strong" proclaims the reality we have in Christ as much as any other worship song we sing this week.
This song is one of willing surrender to God. When we enter this relationship with Christ, we must give him our lives as a sacrifice just as he gave us his. We must allow his grace to change us for it to save us.
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Verse 1
Here I am
Here I stand
Lord my life is in Your hands
Lord I'm longing to see
Your desires revealed in me

Verse 2
Take my heart
Take my life
As a living sacrifice
All my dreams
All my plans
Lord I place them in Your hands

My life is not my own
To You I belong
I give myself
I give myself to You

Galatians 2:20-21
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship
While it may be easy for some of us to enter into surrender, it is difficult for others. All control must be given to God, and I know that is something I find difficult to do myself. When we get laid off, our grades drop, or relationships fall through we are left feeling hopeless. What did we do wrong? Could have I done something to prevent this? Maybe, but I think more often than not God uses these situations to point us back to him.
I find myself singing this song with the heart of a child. My faith is just that, a reliance on something unseen or that hasn’t happened yet. I want to emphasize the word ‘yet,’ because God will stay true to his promises and remain faithful. So I turn to God who remains faithful and ask him to give me faith when I doubt his word.
Verse 1
I need You to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need You to open my eyes
To see that You're shaping my life

Give me faith to trust what You say
That You're good and Your love is great
I'm broken inside I give You my life

While we can be “bold” and “strong” in our faith, we must realize that it all begins with surrendering to Christ’s spirit within us. Our faith is powered by Christ! Without the mighty working hand of God shaping us to be more like him, we can do nothing on our own. During this time, we bow in humility before God and boast only in Christ’s work in and through us!

'Cause I may be weak
But Your Spirit's strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God You never will

2 Corinthians 12:6-10
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Romans 15:17-19
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
Build My Life by Christy Nockels
2 Timothy 2:19
19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
We sang about giving our lives over to God and letting him shape us, it would be silly to think that we would carry on putting our hope and trust in anything else. We also heavily acknowledge Jesus as worthy of our praise and the only one through whom we are saved.
I enjoy this song very much because I find it to be fulfilling in scripture and in our deepest longings for God. We resonate with God’s Word and allow the motives of our hearts to overflow into these lyrics.
Verse 1
Worthy of ev'ry song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Verse 2
Jesus the name above ev'ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
We live for You

Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken
This song reads very much like a Psalm and I love it! Praise and adoration is given to God, His authority is recognized, and God’s instruction is longed for.
In Christ Alone by Geoff Moore & Adrienne Liesching
Another modern hymn finds its way into our set list this week! Having a very similar sounding cadence as hymns written in the late 16th and 17th century this song feels very ‘back-to-basics’ in an old school kind of way. You’d never guess that it was written in 2001! And this song covers all the bases: Verse 1; what Christ means to us, Verse 2 & 3; the gospel story, Verse 4; Christ’s return!
What I like is that Christ and his work is emphasized in every single verse. There is no question that Christ is where we find everything as we sing about his love changing us, his sacrifice, his victory, and his return! This song brings me joy because I know I get to bask in the glory along with Christ, but not because of what I’ve done. Only because of His sacrifice!  Verse 4 sums up my thoughts well:
Verse 4
No guilt in life no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand