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.

*Posts are updated weekly the following Monday morning.

Sunday, March 29, 2019
Message: The Power of Blessing, Who Do You Think You Are? Pt. 3
Keywords this week: Blessed in Christ. Nothing compares to this blessing! Blessed with holiness, redemption, forgiveness, grace, sealing of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3
Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective
Every time I pick this song, I pick it for the deeper meaning behind the title. Too often when we think of “blessings” we think about all the things we have. Our homes, wealth, relationships, children, etc. However, we lose sight of the fact that all of these things can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. Read through the Book of Job and you’ll be given many examples of such loss.

As we sing through this song we aren’t counting out earthly physical blessings, we are looking at the deeper spiritual blessings God has given us. Before we came to know God, we walked around blind to our rebellion, and by the grace of God the Holy Spirit opened our eyes and led us to repentance. We were dead in our sins, fell short of God’s glory, but Christ raised us back to life in him and reconciled our relationship with God. These are the true blessings that will never be taken from us. What God has given no man or force of darkness can take away. 
How Great Is Your Love by Phil Wickham
When we examine the blessings God has bestowed on us we come to realize that it all flows out of his great love for us. That we can even know how to love is because our God loved us first.
I picked this song because I believe that lyrically and musically it helps create a space for us to sit back and take in the awe and wonder of God’s love for us. That He chooses to give us all this; grace, forgiveness, redemption, and love. And on top of all this He has made us holy and blameless and gives us the Holy Spirit to Guide and comfort us. ‘How great is your love’ is a great question indeed. 
Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship
I will admit that I have perhaps been forcing this song in set lists in which it might not entirely belong, but this song truly does speak of our true identities in Christ. And if anything, I think we often need to be reminded of God’s relationship to us as stated in the bridge of this song:
I am chosen not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me not against me
I am who You say I am

As we struggle through our everyday lives, and through crisis, we often lose sight of God’s great love for us and seem to think he has left us for some better candidate or was against us all along.  These are certainly easy mindsets to fall into during times of difficulty or uncertainty, but they are lies simply born of fear. They are rooted in that very first lie planted in the human mind—and I am paraphrasing—“Does God actually have your best interest in mind?” When we begin to question God’s love and holiness we fall prey to the same old deception being fed to us for millennia and we lose sight of who’s image in which we were created in the first place! God hasn’t abandoned us and he’s not out to ‘get us’ either.
While we have certainly all fallen in sin, those who have turned to God in faith and repentance have a new and restored identity as children of God! We have been given blessing after blessing to continue being perfect image bearers of our heavenly Father!    
Sunday, March 22, 2019
Message: Saint or Sinner?, Who Do You Think You Are? Pt. 2
Keywords this week: I am a saint (righteous and holy before the Lord), I’ll still struggle with sin, but I confess when needed and humbly move on.
Scripture: Hebrews 10:14
This week was a tricky one to plan for. With the Corona Virus taking over we had to make a few adjustments to our service. We cancelled our public meeting and made our first attempt at streaming our Sunday service. Because of this I decided to shorten our music portion a bit and go for a more acoustic feel. Since we didn’t have a lot of options to capture audio for music I wanted to make sure those watching the stream at home didn’t have to endure too much audio distortion if that happened to be the case.
In any event, I pressed onward to put together a short three song set list focused on our sainthood/holiness in Christ.
Living Hope by Phil Wickham (House Sessions Version) *NEW*
I wanted to start off with a song that focuses on the very person who gave us the gift of our new nature as a saint. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the only reason we are able to be called holy and blameless before a just and perfect God. He truly is our living hope! Verse 2 of this song resounds with the message this week:
Verse 2
Who could imagine so great a mercy
What heart could fathom such boundless grace
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ my living hope
Boldly I Approach (The Art of Celebration) by Rend Collective
When I received the keywords from Tony this week, this is the first song that came to mind. Throughout the entire song we are given a beautifully crafted picture of what reality of what it will be like for God’s children to stand in his presence. I believe none of us will ever fully grasp what it means to stand before a pure and holy God until we actually meet him face to face. However, this song begins to help us get in touch with that unimageable moment where we are allowed to be in a place that we never deserved to be. This is why we shout in praise and bow down in worship to Christ Jesus who cleansed us of our sin; so that we could be made holy and therefore exist in perfect relationship with God. 
This is the art of celebration
Knowing we're free from condemnation
O praise the One praise the One
Who made an end to all my sin
Boldly I approach Your throne
Blameless now I'm running home
By Your blood I come welcomed as Your own
Into the arms of majesty
Nailed to the Cross by Rend Collective *NEW*
If I’m being honest, this is just a more energetic re-writing of “Boldly I Approach.” But I wanted end our service out with a time of praise and this song fit the bill. Most importantly, this song really gives those lies the Enemy feeds us the business. Just read through these verses!
Verse 1
When I stand accused by my regrets
And the Devil roars his empty threats
I will preach the gospel to myself
That I am not a man condemned
For Jesus Christ is my defense
Verse 2
When my doubt and shame hang over me
Like the arrows of the enemy
I will run again to Calvary
That rugged hill of Hell's defeat
My fortress and my victory
TAKE THAT SATAN! Our identity lies in Christ now! We no longer stand condemned but forgiven! Praise the Lord!
It is finished
Sin is vanquished
Hallelujah! praise the Lord
All the glory
All the honour
To my Saviour
Christ the Lord
These songs I had originally planned to have as part of the set list before we decided to live stream our service, but were left on the cutting room floor so-to-speak.

O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship
This song was originally planned to be near the beginning of the set list or to open with. The lyrics hopefully there to challenge those of us who have not yet fully given our lives over to Christ and received our sainthood in him. We no longer are identified has broken and sinful, but made new and holy, able to stand before a good God who loves us so much he saved us even when we spat in his face.
Refiner’s Fire by Vineyard Worship (feat. Jeremiah Carlson)
This song is one of those classic from my own childhood I remember singing over and over again. But as I’ve grown I my faith some of the older songs I thought were cheesy or boring have revealed the deeper meaning than the late 80’s and 90’s instrumentation would have led me to believe.

This song speaks to the conviction we feel to obey Christ’s commands. We are given new life, a new nature, but as we live this life in a broken world we continue to sin. We want to embrace and become more holy because we understand that is how God now sees us in Christ.