Many of you know that the church needs new music that is theologically sound (i.e., non-Platonic) and musically interesting. I first sang this song at Tullian Tchividian’s church’s men’s retreat last September. I loved it then, and was reminded of it when we sang it again at the women’s retreat last week. And now that I can’t get it out of my head (or heart, if you’re into that sort of dichotomy), I’ve decided to make it my all-time favorite worship song ever.
If you are a worship pastor, you must teach this song to your church and sing it several times per month. If you pastor a church in China, you need to translate the words for your people. If you are a senior pastor, you should convince your congregation that they need a theme song and then pick this one. You should never finish a shower without humming the chorus at least once. If you do these things, you will effectively innoculate yourself from singing “This world is not my home,” “I’ll fly away,” or “When the roll is called up yonder” ever again.
This link takes you to the Matt Maher, who wrote the song, playing it on his guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xx3PBjaHas&feature=related. This one takes you to a band version, just to let you know that the song will rock if you want it to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGAZVASoUv4. And this one shows you that the song even works for conservative Baptists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc5zeilf8p4&feature=related.