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 November 10, 2019
 
Message: Re-calibrating Our Values, Not Of This World, Part 6
Keywords this week: Holiness of God: Sin separates us from Him. What Do We Believe? What we want/think reality it or what God says reality is?
Scriptures: Colossians 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 16:22, 1 John 5:11-12
 
This week I decided to focus more on the freedom from sin and death we have in Christ. I wanted the music to highlight the contrasting nature of the lies we are fed by the world and by Satan, and the reality of our identity in Christ. I wanted to emphasize who Christ says we are, because it is our reality not only in Heaven, but here and now!
 
Glorious Day by Passion *(NEW)*
Still feeling the relevance of this tune we’ve lucked out and have the opportunity to sing it again. This song forces us to reflect on from the place of which Christ brought us out.
 
Verse 1
I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight
It was my tomb 'til I met You


Verse 2
I was breathing but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb 'til I met You
 
This was our reality outside of the redemptive forgiveness of our Savior. Outside of Christ’s sacrifice we are dead in our sin. We are dead because the author of life, God himself, can have nothing to do with sin because of his holiness. The bridge sums up my next thoughts better than I could:
 
Bridge
I needed rescue my sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter I was an orphan
Now You call me a citizen of Heaven
When I was broken You were my healing
Now Your love is the air that I'm breathing
I have a future my eyes are open

We need rescue from our sin, and Christ is the only one who offers this; and freely to everyone might I add. It begins with taking that first step of faith and believing in the gospel and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  
 
It Is Finished by Austin & Lindsey Adamec
This song is still relatively new to our congregation even though I didn’t label it as such. But I finally have found another opportunity to throw this tune back into the rotation.
The first verse of this song blatantly exposes the lies that we hear often and struggle with as we continue to walk through this life in Christ.
 
Verse 1
Every fault and every failure
Every motive in my pride
Every voice that says I'm guilty
Lays no claim upon my life
 
As Christians every time we mess up or feel buried by shame, we must remember that God does not see us as broken and dirty anymore. By Christ’s sacrifice we have been made whole and are presented as clean before God the Father. Work of making us pure and holy was finished on the cross!
 
Chorus
For I am Yours
The highest price was paid
And all my works
Are drowning in Your grace
For It is finished
Jesus it is finished
By the power of Your blood
The grave is overcome
 
Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship *(NEW)*
Okay, so I know what you’re thinking: “Dewey, why are you putting TWO new songs in the same Sunday morning service?!” I know, I know, I should reign it in, but I don’t want to! We played this song at the wedding of a new married couple in our congregation last month and it has been on my mind ever since.

This song has a beautiful set of lyrics with the music to compliment it. This song has a very simple chord progression, which most worship songs do and therefore it makes it easy to focus on what the lyrics have to say.  
 
Chorus 1
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God
Yes I am

In my Father's house
There's a place for me
I'm a child of God
Yes I am


Bridge
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

 
Galatians 3:23-29 (NIV)
23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
 
There are many more verses that speak of us being the children of God, and I believe this is significant to how we identify ourselves as Christians. We are God’s children, those whom he dearly loves. Any of you who are parents I hope would understand the fierce love you have for your children. You would protect them at all costs and want to see them flourish and succeed! If this is how we love our children, how much more does God love us?!
 
Boldly I Approach (The Art Of Celebration) by Rend Collective
This may come as a complete shock to some of you, but I’m not entirely sure why this song was included in this week’s set list. I must admit that there are weeks that I just pick a song for the simple reason that the Spirit prompts me to. This week I didn’t pick “Boldly I Approach” just because I like it (which I do), or because someone requested it, but because out of all the songs that were placed in front of me I felt the Spirit nudge me and say, “That one.”

“Boldly I Approach” is a song that is sound lyrically. I know that Rend Collective does their homework and has their head in God’s Word often enough to have Scripture bleed out in their songwriting. So, if the Spirit says, “Hey, throw this song in there too.” I sometimes don’t understand why, but I pray that the Spirit would speak to whomever needs to hear what that song has to say.
This is not to say I let any old song slip through, and I dare not say the Holy Spirit would allow my feelings to dictate the worship music either. This song just happens to be one I would never raise an eyebrow to and therefore felt comfortable including it in the set list for no reason of my own.  

All that being said, “Boldly I Approach” is a beautiful song that has a very similar theme to “It Is Finished.” Because of Christ’s work on the cross we are no longer bound to our shame, but we are accepted and free. We can approach the throne of God boldly because of Christ’s blood which has washed us clean.
 
Death Was Arrested by North Point InsideOut
What really hit me this week was the reality that Christ has set us free from condemnation and an eternity separated from God; the ultimate death. The bridge of this song always captures my heart with the excitement Christ’s freedom brings. The way it’s written invites us to shout this truth without restraint.
 
Bridge
Oh we're free free forever we're free
Come join the song of all the redeemed
Yes we're free free forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began
 
The real focus in this set list in freedom. But not just freedom from any old thing, but freedom from the worst possible outcome that could happen to us. Because of our sin we were cut off from God, never to experience life and relationship with Him. Never to enjoy and live a fulfilling life, but to remain hopeless and to experience pain that is unfathomable.
The freedom was bought at the highest cost through the Lord Jesus Christ! This why we praise Him; because He has set us free with His sacrifice.
 
Freedom by Eddie James
This song seems to have become a Lincoln Hills favorite in the past two years. I will admit it might be because of its upbeat tempo and easy to sing lyrics, but my hope is that it reaches deeper into people’s hearts than that.
As I have mentioned in the past, I only include this song in a set list only if we have a song that precedes it with a powerful presentation of the gospel. I feel that this song is best used as on overflow of praise to our God in a way that goes beyond words. My hope is that after having sung about such mighty and awesome truth in Christ we would be bursting at the seams with praise and worship for our Risen King! And in that moment the song offers the outlet for our uncontainable praise!
 
Verse 1
I wanna clap a little louder than before
I wanna sing a little louder than before
I wanna jump higher than before
I wanna shout louder than before
 
Verse 2
I wanna clap a little louder than before
I wanna sing a little louder than before
I wanna spin wilder than before
I wanna shout louder yeah
 
Verse 3
I wanna lift my hands higher than before
I want to love you more than before
I wanna worship deeper than before
I gotta scream louder yeah
 
This song was built less around what we speak in worship and more on how we participate while we worship. This song is mostly focused on praise for God and the freedom we’ve been given through him. Many Hebrew words for “praise” are verbs, they require us to take action as we worship God. I might be so bold as to say the phrase “actions speak louder than words” might be a valid point here. But also understand that if these actions are just that, then they are done in vain. Learn to praise God with your heart first. The actions will come later as your adoration for Him grows.
Sunday November 3, 2019
 
Message: Re-calibrating Our Values, Not Of This World, Part 5
Keywords this week: Living as a Christian in the world, Take our thoughts captive, Be Transformed, Grow in Love for God.
Scriptures: 1 John 2:15-17, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Romans 12:2, Matthew 22:37
 
Something I haven’t mentioned in a while is what my intentional process is while putting together the entire set list for each week. While staying true the scripture and its context I try and to develop a set list that doesn’t only flow together musically, but also cognitively. Usually I’m able to summarize the set list in one or two sentences or short paragraph using the lyrics of theme from each song.
This is why learning new songs in our congregation tends to be difficult. Because if I don’t see a correlation between the message and a specific song, it is extremely unlikely that I use that song.  As much as possible I seek to have the music portion of service compliment the message on Sunday mornings.
 
Glorious Day by Passion *(NEW)*
This is a new song I’ve been waiting to drop into the rotation for MONTHS. I thought this week would be a good week to introduce it. As we continue of the theme “Not Of This World” this week seems to focus on what it looks like to live in the world having found, believed, and sold out to the gospel of Christ! This song gives us a good start on looking back/comparing at what living in the world looked like and what life in Christ looks like.

Verse 1
I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight
It was my tomb 'til I met You


Verse 2
I was breathing but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb 'til I met You


Chorus
You called my name and
I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness into Your glorious day


Verse 3
Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all that I know
The old made new Jesus when I met You


I wanted to put this song up front as a reminder of the joy we have in Christ. For us to remember all the times Christ revived us and how he has restored and keeps restoring us to life in him.

Hebrews 10:12-14 (NIV)
12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
 
Rescue by Desperation Band
This song is a more calm and reflective type to contrast the upbeat feel of “Glorious Day.” I enjoy this song because it can meet unbelievers or struggling believers with the same set of lyrics.

Verse 1
You are the source of life
And I can't be left behind
No one else will do
And I will take hold of You


Chorus
'Cause I need You Jesus
To come to my rescue
Where else can I go
There's no other name
By which I am saved
Capture me with grace
I will follow You


In one hypothetical circumstance, I sit in tears empathizing with an unbeliever who is broken and at the end of their rope. In a desperate attempt to find hope for their life they go to church with low expectations, but instead of hearing a harsh list of rules being handed to them in the form of a message they hear hope in the name of Christ. In this song they sing as they take their first steps in faith toward Christ.

In the other hypothetical circumstance, I relate with the believer whose spiritual life has grown stale. They wonder if they even believe anymore, but they hang on to the last remaining mustard seed of faith they have left. Still feeling nothing, they sing out this song as a prayer of desperation, not wanting to lose their first Love. And maybe in that moment Christ comes to their rescue to offer renewed hope and they return to the familiar arms of their Savior.
 
 
I Love You, Lord by Generation Unleashed
This song is meant as a follow-up to flow straight out of “Rescue.” My hope is that the Holy Spirit will have moved in a powerful way as we sang through the previous song, whether it was prayerfully or in grateful remembrance we make known our affections for our Lord. This simple refrain is sung over multiple times, each time our heart sings the words with honesty.

I love You Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
O my soul rejoice
Take joy my King
In what You hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound
In Your ear


This is a worship song that I believe we were meant to sing with our hearts more than our lips. While other worship songs we sing in confidence the mighty and unshakeable truths of our God, here we humbly come before him in grateful worship because we have experienced his love and mercy ourselves. In this song we want to worship our Lord just because we want to worship him.

Moving Forward by Israel Houghton
Before I get into the intentions and reasons I chose this song, I will openly admit that I enjoy this song immensely. It has been one of my favorite worship songs since 2010 and I still can’t stop singing it almost 10 years later.
This song is what I like to call a “pledge” song to God. This is a song where we boldly declare to God that we will do something for his sake and in his name. While these songs are often musically upbeat or build in intensity to give more momentum to the same set of lyrics, don’t let that distract you from what you are willingly singing to your God!

Chorus
I'm not going back I'm moving ahead
Here to declare to You my past is over
In You all things are made new
Surrendered my life to Christ
I'm moving forward


Here we are telling Christ, “my past is over.” We are done with our old ways of living; we are no longer accepting offers from the world. We say, “I have put all my stock in Jesus and have surrendered my life to Christ.” This is amazing! BUT, don’t let it trip you up… You might think, “What do you mean by that, Dewey?”
Well, sometimes we get caught up in the moment and then get the meaning twisted later on. We think that we always have to be “moving forward” or we will have lost our salvation or something. We stumble a few days afterward and then get discouraged. Be sure to allow for the grace and forgiveness of Christ to take hold of your heart as well! Christ has given you the Holy Spirit to pull you back up and keep moving forward. It is the power of Christ in us that gives us the ability to continue walking with him. Hey, speaking of Christ’s power in us…
 
Christ Lives In Me by Rend Collective
You thought we were done singing this song for a while? You were wrong! This song is too powerful to only sing a handful of times and then leave alone.
After having left our desires for things of this world behind us and choosing Christ, we should be all set, right? Well… We can’t “live in the world and not of it” on our own effort. Without the power of Christ in us, helping guide our hearts, we will be dragged away and enticed by the things this world offers. This song reminds us of the choice we’ve made and the power of Christ in us!

Chorus
I have been crucified with Christ
It is no longer I who lives
But Christ lives in me
I have a second chance in life
My future's open wide
I know Christ lives in me


Bridge
I'm pressing on pressing on to Heaven
I've seen the power of Your resurrection
The Saviour of my soul
Is Jesus Christ alone
It's You and You alone