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Beautiful Things By Gungor

  1. 5 He who was seated on the throne said,
    "I am making everything new!"
    Then he said,
    "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."


    Revelation 21:5 (NIV)



    Beautiful Things by Gungor


    Songs Of Lament

    Why Worship Music Should Be Sadder (excerpts)
    By Michael Gungor - October 30, 2012

    When we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we believe in God who can redeem all our suffering, just as he did for the brutal suffering of Jesus on the cross at Calvary.

    Jesus must have felt such palpable distance from God that he cried out from the cross,

    "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

    Sometimes we need songs of lament to remind us of the horrible treatment and pain Jesus undertook for our salvation.

    Gungor sums it up best in his article, Why Worship Music Should Be Sadder:

    A Christianity that does not lament is a shallow Christianity. It is a medicinal, numbing balm we use to avoid living life in a world that is groaning. It is a Band-Aid to cover our wounds. Fig leaves to be sewn over our humanness. And many of us need to be saved from our addiction to this anemic, shallow substitute for Christianity.

    Most of David's Psalms Are Laments
    • Approximately 70 percent of the Psalms are laments.
    • Approximately 0 percent of the top 150 Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) songs are laments.
      • NOTE: These are the songs sung most in churches
    Gungor said that he got a lot of responses. Some said something to the effect of, "That's sad." Others said things like: "Why would we have to lament? We have Jesus!" Some even accused Gungor of living in the wrong covenant.

    Gungor was actually surprised by this for some reason.

    He knew that, as a whole, American Christianity has tended toward the reality-averse and narcissistic, but it was still strange to hear it so overtly in words—like hearing a teenager say, "No, I really am the center of the universe."

    When did Christianity become a way of medicating us from pain rather than a way of living within the pain?

    There is a tension to the Kingdom of Heaven that is here but not yet here. That tension ought to give way to poetry. To lament. To art. Sure, there is room for some celebration, but if our faith has nothing else to it than positive messages and encouraging clichés, perhaps it has become a Band-Aid rather than a surgery.

    Worship music doesn’t need to be medication. Our worship music ought to put us in touch with the deepest places of our humanity, not simply distract us from our pain and put is in a good mood for the preacher's talk. It ought to stir things deep in us. Hope. Joy. Anger. Mourning. Doubt. Love.

    SOURCE: Why Worship Music Should Be Sadder • ChurchLeaders.com


    Beautiful Things By Gungor

    LYRICS


    All this pain
    I wonder if I'll ever find my way
    I wonder if my life could really change at all

    All this earth
    Could all that is lost ever be found
    Could a garden come up from this ground at all

    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of the dust
    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of us

    All around
    Hope is springing up from this old ground
    Out of chaos life is being found in You

    You make me new, You are making me new

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