Just when I start thinking all the best worship songs have already been written (which I don’t really believe), I hear a new song that affects me profoundly.
A friend recently sent me an email letting me know that he just taught his church My Soul Finds Rest (Ps 62) by Aaron Keyes and Stuart Townend. I have four categories for congregational worship songs. Must Use, Could Use, Personally Use, and Don’t Use. This is one that I’d put in my Must Use file. There are a number of reasons.
- It’s based on the Word of God (always a plus)
- The melody is memorable.
- The melody is creative.
- The harmonic progression is fresh.
- The meter is unique. (verse in 5/4, chorus in 3/4)
- The lyrics are ones that can really help us teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16).
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.
- The chorus is uplifting and contains objective truth, not just a subjective response
O praise Him, hallelujah,
My Delight and my reward;
Everlasting, never failing,
My Redeemer, my God.
- It’s a Psalm seen through the lens of the gospel
Though life is but a fleeting breath,
A sigh too brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever.
You may not agree with me on all the points, but that’s okay. Here is Aaron Keyes singing it live.
Aaron tells the background of the song here.
You can read the lyrics and purchase the sheet music here.
The chart is available from Aaron’s site, included in the charts for his “Not Guilty Anymore” CD.
You can download Stuart Townend singing it on his CD There is a Hope here.
So what’s the best song you’ve taught (or learned) recently? Please include the name, author, source, and specific reasons why you think it’s so good. Just so you know, I may not post duplicate recommendations or comments that don’t give clear reasons for why a song qualifies.