Why we Sing
Recently, one of the songs that has been on a regular playlist for me is “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” from Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The two “Matts” have recently released a new album full of some of the modern Hymns they wrote that have made their way into many churches (including a few we sing regularly at FEFC).
Each verse we sing tells a different chapter of the Gospel. In verse one, we sing of how Jesus – who is GOD – made Himself low by taking on humanity for us. In verse two, we sing of Jesus’ perfect life – sinless, He fulfilled the law. In addition, the verse ends with recognizing how it is in Christ’s righteousness we are declared righteous.
Verse three begins with Jesus Christ on the cross, paying the cost of our own sin. What wonderful contrast in the words that say His victory was in the humiliation of the Cross, our Glory and Redemption found in such an act of shame! We round out the Gospel story in the final verse, jubilantly declaring that in Jesus’ resurrection we see His victory over sin and death…but what is more our assurance that our deliverance has been assured.
There are a lot of words to be sung here, in fact there are almost as many words in the song as there are in this summary of it. One might ask why we would sing a song like this on a Sunday morning. While the tune is certainly memorable, with this many words it will be hard to remember them on the following day. We sing them so that as we gather we remind one another of the Hope of the Gospel. It is for this that we gather… so that others may see the Glory of God reflected in all that we do!
For His Glory,
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Zach Kellner is the Associate Pastor of Worship at FEFC