How do you speak life into someone’s soul? Tell them the story of God’s love.
If you have received God’s love, you know just how special the proclamation is. No matter the places our hearts go, God’s love does not change. He has invited us to exist within the confines of a boundless love. What’s more, as recipients of that love, there is nothing we can do to change the covenant He’s made with us (Romans 8:38-39). So, more than what we do will always be who we are: beloved sons and daughters. Too often, however, the message preached through sermon and song puts a subtle but heavy emphasis on the “doing,” not the “being.” And let’s be honest, work-oriented themes tend to permeate the web: “I will run with all I have,” “I’m going to always give You everything,” “10 steps to living a life of holiness,” “If you don’t date your wife you’re a failure,” etc.
Here’s the thing: good news is not found in the sin micro-management of others anymore than it’s found in a self-righteous, morality drenched life. Good news is found in the promise that we are loved, no matter how great our past, present, and/or future sin may be. If I had to pick a mission statement for song leaders, this verse would be a top contender:
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
This Psalm encapsulates the seemingly unnatural balance between “being” and “doing.” Its simplicity and specificity reminds us just how significant declaring God’s love is to others (i.e doing), when we are coming from the place of believing and knowing that we too are loved (i.e. being). There is enthusiasm and anticipation found in the words of the psalmist. It would seem that, for him, the news worth echoing throughout all generations is that God’s love for humanity is unchanging. That is the gift we have been given. It’s a gift to sing, yes, but even more so to intentionally open our mouths and articulate (in whatever way we are able), “God loves you no matter what!”
As I think about this, it reminds me of how special gospel songs can be for encouraging and equipping the body of Christ. Apostle Paul puts it this way:
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15)
When people shuffle out after our gatherings, we should desire for them to leave with the good news of God’s love—and not just for them—but for the whole world. Out of our love for God and His world, we should together, as the church, open our mouths and make known God’s faithfulness to all generations.
So what about you, me, and the world? Well, we’re no different. We all just need to hear we’re loved. Everyday.