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  Your Link to All Things Worship
     Brian Doerksen:                          Vol. II No. 5
  A Passion for Intimacy with God
       November 1, 2007 

We know him now primarily as the composer of Come Now Is the Time to Worship. The song evidences the core motivation in the man, with him from very young, to be alone with God and listen for His whispers.

Brian has had a very eventful life of ministry and music, with successes and failures. The word through it all is remaining faithful to what God has given, fulfilling His purpose, and trusting that in His goodness, He will give us what we need to grow and to glorify Him.

You'll find a goldmine of worship songs with chords on his Song Catalog page.
an unreleased version of Remember Mercy.



   Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, November 4, 2007

F I Love You Lord Laurie Klein 25266
E Again I Say Rejoice Aaron Lindsey/
Israel Houghton
A Salvation Is Here Joel Houston 4451327
Ab Everlasting God Brenton Brown/
Ken Riley
Bb Rescue Israel Houghton 3383788
Bb Hear Us From Heaven Jared Anderson 4455392
Bm Lead Me to the Cross Brooke Fraser 4785828
F I Love You Lord Laurie Klein 25266

For your convenience,
you can download this list.

Site Spotlight

A quarterly magazine, online articles on worship and music, freely downloadable music, lifetime subscription licenses—a lot can be said for spending time at SoundAndSong.com.

Download and listen to the free music. Subscribe to their very low-cost quarterly magazine. Or if you like to read directly on the computer, check out some of the articles.

Have some of your own songs you'd like to share online? Read their guidelines to see if you'd like to participate.


     True Worshipers of God Series

This is another installment of Pastor Dan Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.

Session 6: Music in Worship (cont.)         Dan Gardner



As we look closer at Paul’s instructions to the Ephesians (5:19) and Colossians (3:16), we see that he speaks of the use of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. There are a number of observations to make in this regard:

  1. This message is applicable to both the worship of the individual and the corporate (church) expression of worship.
  2. The ministry of music in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs has significance in our “being filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18,19), speaking to us of a lifestyle, not just an experience. The word “Spirit” here is pneuma, the same word used in John 4:24 which instructs us that we must worship God in “spirit” and in truth, so to re-paraphrase; we will be filled with the Spirit as we minister in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, thereby worshiping God by the leading of His Spirit in our spirit.
  3. As we minister in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, the Word of Christ is established in our hearts (Colossians 3:16). In the time of the Colossians, Christ’s teachings (Old and New Testament) were published audibly, so some of the most important doctrines of the church were expressed in Christian hymns. Here we see the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that just as Jesus indicated in John 4:24 we must also worship in “truth,” that is, having the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. Music helps us do that.

Psalms -

Definition - Greek psalmos (5568); a set piece of music; a sacred ode accompanied by voice, harp, or other instrument; includes collection of Psalms in the Old Testament. Another way to express this definition is; songs of praise from Scripture or songs in the character, spirit or manner of Old Testament Psalms. There is a strong connection of the Psalms with the combination of voice and instrument(s).

In the recent charismatic renewal, Scripture singing was one of the notable highlights of the restoration of praise and worship that could be heard in congregational singing. Many of these Scripture songs were just fresh melodic settings of Old Testament Psalms, and it wasn’t just by accident that these were birthed… ”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

Hymns -

Definition - Greek humnos (5215); a religious ode, possibly unaccompanied with instrument. To amplify on this, HYMNS are; self-composed (as Tertullian talked about) songs of praise to God on Christian themes. There seems to be an element of personal experience and/or testimony involved in these types of compositions.

One confusing part of trying to understand the term “HYMNS” in this context, is that on other occasions in the New Testament the word hymn is inserted in the KJV where it really should be psalm. One example of this is Matthew 26:30, where Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn, it means psalm. It is good to utilize a mixture of psalms and hymns in times of worship.

Spiritual Songs -

Definition - Greek pneumatikos ode (4152, 5603); pneumatikos - divine or supernatural, ode - general term for any words sung - from a “chant” (singing in spirit) to a song in metrical form (with an identifiable rhythm).

Where the terms PSALMS and HYMNS seem to refer to forms or varieties of song that were established in that day, the term “spiritual songs” speaks of a wider spectrum. It seems to encompass psalms, hymns, free singing in the spirit, prophetic or spontaneous song of the Lord (a new song), and places emphasis on the fact that the music needs the anointing, the pneuma, the breath of God’s Spirit blowing upon it to make it alive. God may anoint a song that is brand new, never sung before, or an older song with a fresh breath of life for a particular season.

We have already looked briefly in past weeks at I Chronicles 25 where it is stated that David set aside those that would prophesy in song and on instruments. The prophetic or spontaneous spiritual song can be a song of praise, a word of prophecy, a word of encouragement, a word of exhortation, or a word of comfort in song; the essential nature being that of from THE LORD through THE INDIVIDUAL. This type of music in worship is of a spontaneous nature, and in a worship service can bring the Word of the Lord in a powerfully anointed way. In personal worship, the prophetic song may not necessarily speak of great wonders to come in the future, but may be a gentle love song of praise that Jesus (the spirit of prophesy Rev. 19:10) sings through us, back to the Father. We have now looked at music/singing ABOUT the Lord, TO the Lord, and OF (or FROM) the Lord. Hebrews 2:12 speaks of Jesus singing in our midst. If He can use you or I as a vessel, let’s welcome Him to sing through us.

In summary, the “SPIRITUAL SONGS” are “SPIRIT ANOINTED MUSIC;" and, “PSALMS” and “HYMNS” are particular varieties of these “SONGS.”

Looking at PSALMS, HYMNS, and SPIRITUAL SONGS from a musical perspective, psalms are a combination of Scripture, melody (vocal), and instruments; hymns are melody and lyrics of more personal experience; and spiritual songs are the anointing that is vital to every note of music used in service to the King.

3 Directions in Ministry of Music -

These are identified in the passages on Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs from Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3.

  1. MINISTRY TO THE LORD - ...”Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord..”; the word “MELODY” is psallo in the Greek, and means “primarily to twitch, twang, to play a stringed instrument with the fingers” - this reinforces the idea of musical instruments being involved in worship, but also stresses to us that our HEARTS are as instruments in His hands, instruments that we yield to His Spirit that in worship, a beautiful melody might minister to Him.
  2. MINISTRY TO YOURSELF - “Speaking to yourselves in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs....”; His songs minister to us, lift us, and encourage us. The Lord gives us a song for a season, to help us through a struggle (He Is My Peace), or as an offering of thanksgiving for His multiple blessings.
  3. MINISTRY TO ONE ANOTHER - “Teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs...”; the singing of Psalms aided the teaching of God’s Word at a time before printing and mass distribution of scripture and early Christian hymns were composed in conjunction with the teaching of doctrine.
As you worship the Lord in song, your music blesses and ministers to others. The Spirit of God is released to minister as anointed music is played and/or sang. As an individual yields their heart and their musical ability to the Spirit, the song the Lord has put in their heart flows out and touches others for the glory of God.


Download of the Month

The Worship Package for download this month is one of Dan Gardner's great praise songs, I Was Glad, and includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in Bb and C for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in A and C, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience—five pages of music and lyrics!

Go to the following web address to pick up this month's download:

http://www.worshiptoonz.com/#zip file

Christmas Arrangements

Don't delay! Visit the WorshipToonz Christmas page! Download guitar arrangements of many Christmas favorites for free. For those who have brass or orchestral groups, five arrangements are available at very low cost.


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