Whoopsies–I’m a day late with the #SundaySong! We will kick off our trek through the track listing of Centered, Doxa‘s debut album (available for preorder on iTunes and Amazon) with a look at the intro & “You Alone Are God.”
There are 5 verses of the song–it’s bit long, but the concepts in each stanza are helpful for memorizing them. The first verse describes the eternality, immutability, and Triune nature of the Godhead. Verse two hints at the creation and fall of man. In verse three, we sing about the incarnation of Jesus. Verse four celebrates the personal conversion of believers. And the fifth verse explodes in worshipful commitment to walk with Jesus in obedience and faith from now through eternity. Each verse ends with a statement affirming God’s character: unique, all-powerful, holy, and faithful.
“You Alone Are God” uses a call-and-response format, a method of singing common to the African-American slave tradition. The melody is simple and hymnic. The background music incorporates elements of gospel (the organ!), big band (the horns!), and rock (the guitar!). It’s mid-tempo, but the head-nodding pulse of it lends a great energy.
In our gatherings
Because of the hymnic melody and call-and-response format, this is a great song for people who are “musically challenged”–i.e., for whom picking up melodies and/or rhythms doesn’t come as naturally as it does for some others. When I lead, I’m conscious (especially in the first 1-2 verses) of teaching the melody and rhythm to people who aren’t familiar with it (e.g., visitors & occasional attenders). We typically use this at the start of our corporate gatherings (a call to worship) or before the sermon. Both placements help direct our minds and affections to the Lord in preparation for later elements in the liturgy (including and especially our discipleship in the Word).
How it speaks to me
My favorite verses of “You Alone Are God” are the last two, because they call me to remember the regenerating work of Christ in my life and to renew my commitment to walking in submission to His Word and His will.
How it can speak to you
I love the idea that music can be used didactically. I hope that individuals and families will play this song and discuss the rich theological ideas in the lyrics. Most of all, I hope those ideas move us from head knowledge to heart application!
- What does it mean for you to know that God is eternal? Does that change your focus on the time-bound challenges you encounter?
- How does the incarnate ministry of Jesus Christ impact your life today? How is God compelling you to love and model a particular aspect of Jesus’ character in obedience to the Father?
- What aspect of God’s character can you celebrate right now? His faithfulness? Holiness? Might? Uniqueness? Transcendence? Immanence?
- In what way can you joyfully and volitionally submit to God’s Word and will?
- Are you living each day with a living hope (1 Peter 1:3) for Jesus’ return?
By God’s grace, Centered will be released on Friday 1/30/2015. We can’t wait for you to hear it! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about the song, how God is using it in your life, etc.