In a previous post I described how my friend Dan and I challenged each other to write a new worship song (a song created for the purpose of use for singing in a corporate worship gathering) at some point before the month of March ended. While I love singing worship songs in church, most of my songs probably don’t work very well in a corporate setting (you can check them out here). It is not easy to write a worship song, but here’s my attempt.
This song is called ‘The fear of the LORD’ and was inspired from studying and reading through the book of Proverbs, which uses the ‘fear of the LORD’ as one of its major themes. I sought to make this song singable, theologically rich, and musically interesting. What do you think?
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The Fear of the Lord
By Tom Schmidt
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in you.
Our sure hope and deepest need are found in you.
Our greatest pleasure and truest freedom are found in you.
Eternal life and forgiveness of sin are found in you.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
The fear of the LORD is the strength of our hearts
Beholding your power and majestic glory,
Our minds are renewed to serve you again.
Fill us with a holy fear.
No godless opinions of wicked men shall steer our ways.
No fears of the future or terrors of now shall shape our minds.
Moses said, ‘Do not fear, but fear the LORD your God.’
There’s none like you, you reign forever;
Our hearts are filled with awe.
When we consider the ways of your power and of your infinite strength,
Our hearts are glad to submit to your plans, there’s no one like you God.
All other names and all other nations will perish like the rest;
But you last forever and your fame is pure, there’s no one like you God.
Though your strength leads us to repent and to embrace a holy fear,
You show us your kindness by sending your son to die in our place.
He was killed for our rebellion and now we have his righteousness
Forever reconciled with you our God: Father, Spirit, Son.