BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH JOHN FINCH
“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.” – Psalm 95:1-5
From the moment I was invited to song-write for VIGIL, there were a few reoccurring words that were placed on my heart that are very familiar during the season of Lent. What are these mysterious words you might ask? Quite simply, the acclamation, “Praise To You Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!” I thought you might have heard those words before. And that’s just it; the idea was to re-introduce a familiar message in a new and worshipful way. Praise To You is both an acclamation and an invitation. So who is this King? I could give you many different answers, but in light of this song, let’s stick to the truth that Jesus is a King to be praised! He is not a king who sits on a throne in a land far, far away. In fact, Jesus is quite the opposite. This is where we come in. Jesus Christ is a King who desires with His entire being to abide in us, to have relationship with us, and to walk with us, because of His incomprehensible love for us. This song is a tiny glimpse into who Christ is and all He has done for us and for the Church; from the cross, His death and finally His glorious resurrection and all He has promised to us for the future. He is sovereign, He is Lord, He is Jesus.
Praise To You is an invitation to worship; an invitation to gather, an invitation to the Holy Spirit and to the will of the Father. Not only do we invite you to worship with us whole-heartedly, we invite you to pray for the grace to receive the love that is freely given to you from the heart of God. The Lord is so deserving of our worship in humble gratitude and thanksgiving for the grace and blessings He pours into our lives. It is our prayer that you would invite Him into your heart as He so graciously invites you. Let us journey together and keep watch this season.
Written by: John Finch