Hi Church Family,
I wanted to give you sneak peak of the new song that we’ll be singing together this coming Sunday called “I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130).” Here at Grace Bible Church, we want our worship practices to flow out of God’s Word as we walk in faithfulness to Him. In both Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 we see that the Church is called to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” when they gather together for worship. While psalm singing was a regular part of the Church’s worship throughout history, this practice has largely disappeared throughout much of mainstream evangelicalism in the last several centuries. In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence of quality Psalm-songs written, including the one we will sing together on Sunday.
One reason that singing the Psalms is so important is that they cover a wide range of theological themes and emotions that believers can know and experience. Take for example this small cross-section of emotions found in the Psalms: delight, fear, anger, joy, grief, gladness, loneliness, love, and loss. And consider these themes: confession of sin, adoration, lament, judgment, thanksgiving, personal dedication, and praise. What a gift, that God has given his Church a divinely inspired songbook to sing from!
As the title above suggests, this song is taken from Psalm 130 and is a wonderful combination of confession, assurance, and personal response centered on the finished work of Christ. Together as a church we cry out to God, lament and confess our sin, and remind ourselves of the redemption offered us through Christ. The chorus helps us articulate our desire to wait and count on the Lord for our salvation. I pray this song helps “the word of Christ” dwell in us richly as we sing together Sunday! You can listen to the song below.
Calvin Hemphill, Director of Music and Operations