Behind the Music - Matt Redman

This week we are using Matt Redman's song Worthy for Communion. It is lyrically beautiful (see the lyrics below). When you are finished reading this short article, take some time to reflect on the fantastic truths woven into the song. The author, Matt Redman, is one of the most influential worship leaders in my lifetime. I don't personally know Matt Redman, but I have watched him throughout the years and learned a lot from his songs, writings, stories, and testimonies. I can't know his heart for certain, only God can see past our outward presence. Yet, he has stayed the course and kept a love for God and people at the center of his ministry. 

One of the ways Matt Redman has been influential to me is through a concept that I use over and over when thinking through services.  The concept is the idea of Revelation and Response. Meaning, what revelation exists in the songs we are going to sing, and how can we delight in God because of the afore mentioned revelation? This concept immediately evokes questions. Do the songs we are going to sing on a Sunday contain enough revelation to be worthy of singing together? Are they written poetically enough to connect emotionally with people or are they merely a theological exercise?  The song Worthy is a great example of a song with both Revelation and Response.

If you aren't familiar with Matt Redman's music, you can check it out here.

Lyrics for Worthy

Worthy You are worthy
Much more worthy than I've known
I cannot imagine
Just how glorious You are
I cannot begin to tell
How deep a love You bring
Lord my ears have heard of You
But now my eyes have seen

You're worthy You're worthy You're worthy
You're worthy to be praised
Forever and a day

Glory I give glory
To the One who saved my soul
You found me and You freed me
From the shame that was my own
I cannot begin to tell
How merciful You've been
Lord my ears have heard of You
But now my eyes have seen

Your glory Your glory Your glory
Your glory reaches high
So high above the heavens

Setlist for Sunday

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