This song doesn’t have a bunch of lyrics, or thick layers of theological jargon to sift through. It’s simple. Clear. Concise. We often need reminders of the simple truth about God, don’t we? We need to hear that God exists, that He’s in charge, that He is beyond the realm of the temporal challenges we face, and that He has given us the honor, privilege, and responsibility of proclaiming Him with everything we are. Jesus is. So simple. So profound. So necessary.
“Jesus Is” has a very simple melody (like our other songs), which means the accompaniment that the melody lays in can be more intricate–they won’t compete with each other. This song was originally recorded live by Hillsong London, and later covered in the studio by Sound of the New Breed. Our take is an expanded live arrangement of New Breed’s version. I think we’ve combined the best of both worlds–the energy of a live recording with singing and music more reflective of the context in which we minister.
In our gatherings
We love this song at Epiphany Fellowship. There is something comforting about corporate worship through song. We are together being reminded that Jesus is “glorious / the greatest of all”–and what person doesn’t need to hear that on a regular basis? Our liturgy has an opening set with three songs at the very beginning of the gathering. To sing a song like this at the end of that segment of worship through song leaves “breathing room” for us to linger in the moment, responding to God intellectually, physically, emotionally, and volitionally. Just as you hear on the live recording, we will often reprise the chorus and marinate in our corporate experience of God as we worship together.
How it speaks to me
I am a recovering idolater. I am prone to wander. My heart needs to be continually challenged to relinquish its old affections and embrace the new ones to which Christ has granted me full access. I need to be reminded that if I see anything glorious in the world, it’s because Jesus made it that way. When I see the evidence, hear the echoes, and feel the reverberations of God’s creation as it glorifies Him, as a created being, I need to join in creation’s song! I was made for glory, but not my own–I was made for Christ’s glory. And my enjoyment of Him is central to enjoying everything else. So, “Jesus Is” reminds me of who God is and our joyful response of proclaiming Him in light of His weight in the universe.
How it can speak to you
Here are a few questions to reflect on as you listen to “Jesus Is” today:
- We all need reminders of the everyday glory around us so we can join with all of creation in proclaiming God’s handiwork (Psalm 19). How can you take time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak–to recognize God’s creative power, His attention to intricate detail, His transcendence above and beyond galaxies, etc.?
- How does knowing that God is the most glorious Being in the universe change your disposition toward other people and things that compete for your attention, affection, and worship?
- How does knowing that God is the eternal, sovereign Lord and King change your disposition toward temporal adversity?
Centered was released on 1/30/2015, by God’s grace. Thanks so much to everyone who has already supported the project and spread the word to others!
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