I love music. I am not the raving fan who knows all the members of every band or anything like that. But, I love music – particularly songs with words. I love the way a melody combined with reflective lyrics can convey so much emotion that cannot be captured with either alone. Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the words of the worship songs I love. So much so, that when my 4-week turn came to teach Thrive Church’s teens, I decided to “deconstruct” 4 of their favorite worship songs.
Some of you might be surprised that while I love modern worship music, I also have a strong affinity for some hymns, and (even more surprising) I love Black Gospel Music. I mean I absolutely love it. If I were not the pastor of Thrive Church, I would probably find me an A.M.E. church somewhere with a *big* choir.
Today, an old favorite of mine came to mind: “Use Me“, by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Over and over in my head are these lines from the chorus:
Take my hands Lord and my feet
Touch my heart Lord, speak through me
If You can use anything Lord, You can use me
Here’s my paraphrase:
Whatever I do, use me. Wherever I go, use me.
Make my passion speak of Your love.
I don’t want to be bested by a rock or a stick – Lord, please, use me for Your purposes and Your passions.
What songs are speaking to you?