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Final Creative Project for ICEWS – Song w/Mp3

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Thelogy Course with Dan Wilt

Note: not great quality to listen to…but listen for content. it’s a project for a course in worship theology. ruff cut Mp3. i quickly dubbed a few extra sounds in from the church balcony soundset while VBS was just finishing up.   TO LISTEN TO THE SONG, PLEASE CLICK HERE. OR copy and paste the following URL into your address bar.

https://udrive.oit.umass.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-3257051_1-t_57HnqEGV

Title: THE WORD OF THE LORD IS RIGHTEOUS

Lyrics: adapted from Psalm 33, The Bible

Music: by Jamison Burnside

Verse 1 (v.4, 21)

…..Em…………………………………. D……………………. Em

The Word of the Lord is righteous, And everything He does is good

…..Em…………………………………. D……………………. Em

The Word of the Lord is righteous, And everything He does is good

……Am………………… Em……………D………………….Em

Our heart shall rejoice in Jesus. We have trusted in His holy name !
……Am………………… Em…………… D ………………..Em

Our heart shall rejoice in Jesus. We have trusted in His holy name!

Verse 2 (v.22, 21)

………..Em ……………………………D……………………. Em

Let Thy mercy, O Lord be upon us, According as we hope in Thee

………..Em …………………………..D……………………. Em

Let Thy mercy, O Lord be upon us, According as we hope in Thee

……Am………………….Em……………D…………………..Em

Our heart shall rejoice in Jesus. We have trusted in His holy name!
……Am………………….Em……………D………………….Em

Our heart shall rejoice in Jesus. We have trusted in His holy name!

Bridge: (v. 12, 20, 1)

Am…………………………..Em

Bless’d is the nation, whose God is the LORD

B7…………………………. Em…….E7

Bless’d are the people who bear His Name

Am……………………….. Em

Bless-ed are all those who hope in the LORD,

Am ……..B7………Em

He is our help and shield!

…….Em...D……..Em………D……………..Am…….B7……..Em

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous! It is fitting to sing His praise!

EXPLANATION OF SONG:

This song is based on Psalm 33. I found that it really expressed a biblical view and world view shared in my local congregation. We have a few Messianic Jewish people in our church who have taken much time to teach us of Old Testament culture and the Jewish festivals and feasts. Our hearts have become “one”, thus in the third and fourth lines of the verses, the psalm speaks of one heart: our heart.

In The Word of the Lord is Righteous, I have incorporated the melodies and tempos of the Hebrew people, and contemplated on what this Psalm may have sounded like. It is a joyful song, singing of the promises of God and His unfailing love and goodness. The song should be sung with glee from the heart.

I have also transposed the name of the Word as Jesus in the third and fourth lines, to catapult the concepts into the New Testament church. The Word is another Name we use to describe Jesus Christ. Using this phrasing brings a marriage of the old covenant with the new, and also unites the actual people in my local congregation. In order to make this song truly fit our people and be something we can sing as a community, I felt this insertion of Jesus’ Name would excite us.

Our corporate worship is vital in these days and times. As a worship leader, I have a deep concern that the people relate to one another, and not only relate to the Lord. We desperately need God, but we can find Him in our neighbor, and we can express Him to one another through our lives. Corporate worship of God and singing together brings back a strength we miss when we retreat to only intimate worship.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | ICEWS eb 2008 | , | Leave a comment