New Song: Great Are You Lord

“It’s a simple song.”

Sometimes that sentence can be seen as a criticism.  But I’ve learned that simplicity doesn’t have to mean “lack of depth”.  The song we are introducing this weekend is a simple song, but it has depth when you take time to dig into it.

By the way, do you remember the prophet, Ezekiel, who prophesied to the dry bones in the valley?  God commands Ezekiel to prophesy and as he does, muscles and tendons are restored and God brings them back to life…remember that story.  It will come up later.  But onto the first verse with line by line scriptures…

You give life,

-“You make known to me the path of life.” -Psalm 16:11

You are love

Having loved his own who were in the world, he [Jesus] loved them to the end. -John 13:1  (This is how we know that Jesus loves us.  He loved us to the end.)

You bring light to the darkness

In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. -John 1:4-5

You give hope, You restore every heart that is broken.  Great are You, Lord

-Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. -Psalm 80:3

By now you’re probably wondering, “Where’s the breath?”  Good question.  The chorus brings us to the theme of breath…We see that in Genesis, God gave us breath.  As it says in Genesis 2:7,

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

But not only that, Jesus breathed on his disciples and sent the Holy Spirit to them.  As we read in John 20:22,

And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

What else does God breath out for us?  The word of God itself.  As Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16,

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Ch:It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

To You only

So we are called to praise the Lord, but this isn’t limited to only you and me.  We are called to help ALL CREATION praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! . . . Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:1–2, 6)

Br: All the earth will shout

Your praise

Our hearts will cry

These bones will sing

Great are You, Lord

And that brings us back to the Valley of Dry Bones.  This is the breath of resurrection that brings us back to life from death itself.  We read,

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. -Ezekiel 37:9-10

This is a picture of what will happen at the end of time when Jesus gives us new bodies and eternal life itself.  Then we will eternally sing,

“Great are you Lord”.

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