Sometimes in corporate worship, we can get wrapped up in the music, be distracted by things around us or sing a song so much it becomes easy to forget what we’re singing. Here at CBC, we’re committed to theologically rich songs that point our hearts towards the Father and magnify Jesus. We’re careful in our song selections and it’s something I appreciate about our leadership and congregation’s commitment to singing Truth.
We introduced a new song a couple of weeks ago called Ever Be, and it’s one of my favorites – it has been for a few years. I admit I can sometimes fall into the category of singing a song so many times, I don’t pay attention to the lyrics as much as I should. As we were singing on Sunday, I was drawn to the opening lyrics, “Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold, like a vow that is tested, like a covenant of old… Faithful You have been and faithful you will be. You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing.”
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Hebrews 6, where we read of the certainty of God’s promise.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So, when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
I have always loved the assurance we see in these verses of the character of God and the depth of His promises. An oath is defined by, “a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one’s future action or behavior.” To capture the greatness of God, we see that when He made a promise, He had nothing greater to swear by than Himself. He is His own divine witness. That thought alone can blow my mind when I consider how big, powerful and holy God is. We also see that His desire was not to just make a promise to His people, but to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose. When God has made promises, oaths, or covenants to His people throughout Scripture, it is impossible to change them and His desire is to encourage and reassure us of His love and commitment.
So, when we sing songs like Ever Be, we don’t have to just sing the lyrics and not know the deep, rich meaning behind them. There are countless reasons to sing His praise and to declare how worthy He is. We sing because His love is devoted to us like a covenant of old, like the promises He made to Abraham. We sing because He who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23) and will continue to be. He has pledged Himself to us as we have given our hearts to Him in surrender and we have this truth as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul to give us hope as we press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:13).