At youth events such as Soul Survivor, where it was originally popularised, this song has often produced an explosion of joy. The trouble comes when the same chorus is translated into a local church context, when it suddenly becomes an uncomfortable call to un-Britishness. For fear of making a spectacle of ourselves, we sing the lines absolutely deadpan; arms by our sides, feet rooted to the spot. But the problem with such lyrics is that few of us actually have the liberty, inclination or specific experience to behave in that way.
Some lines do have the benefit of giving us something to aspire to, but this is more likely to alienate us.
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Many of us struggle with songs such as this. What exactly are we supposed to do? Do we take the lyrics literally and move our bodies in the way described, like some sort of action song for adults? Or do we see the whole thing as a metaphor? Whichever we choose, there may be a sense of discomfort. Andy says: Hymns and songs that show our total commitment to God express something significant. All these lyrics were written with the best of intentions, but nevertheless create certain issues.
Of course, many songwriters take pains to ensure that their songs are checked for theological inaccuracies and quibbles.
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Please nourish our hearts daily this week with the words of the Bible and give us courage to proclaim your gospel boldly to all. We pray all this in the name of Jesus and for his sake. Father God we praise you for your perfect righteousness.
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Though we have wronged you, betrayed you, and hated you in so many ways, we thank you for the unbelievable gift of freedom from the power of sin in our lives. Help us to always remember the cost of our freedom and to never forget how Jesus has dealt with our sins at the cross. Help us to also grow in our awareness of the sins that taint our lives so that we would learn to hate our sins like you do. Shine the light of your Holy Spirit into the dark places of our hearts so that we might better know and repent of our sins for your glory. Thank you so much for reconciling us through the gospel to make us your righteous servants.
Use us to proclaim your good news boldly to others this week. We pray all this in the name of Jesus and for his sake, Amen. Father God, we bow before you, and recognize our great need of a Savior. We lift our hearts in praise to our Savior, and as your loved children and your redeemed servants, we lay our lives before you in worship. Forgive us our sins, guide us by your Spirit into repentance, and make us bold proclaimers of your Word. We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Father God we praise you for the ultimate gift of love in your Son.
What a marvelous light of hope you have given to our dark world. We thank you for fulfilling your law perfectly in Jesus Christ when not one of us could. We confess that we cannot save ourselves, and we are grateful for the good news of salvation in Christ alone.
Please embolden us with the Holy Spirit like Elizabeth, Simeon, and the shepherds to bear witness to Jesus. It is in his name and for his sake that we pray, Amen. God we thank you for the love and favor you extend to us who believe in Jesus Christ. We confess that we do not deserve your overwhelming grace towards sinners like us.
Please turn us from evil thoughts and worldly distractions diverting our attention from you. Allow the Holy Spirit to open up our eyes to clearly see your revelation in the Bible every day.
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Help us to learn from the examples of men and women that you have given us in your Word so that we might live more holy lives for your glory. Use your Church here and around the globe to shine brightly for our dark world. We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ and for his sake, Amen. God we praise you for your compassionate heart.
Jesus, wondrous Savior
Give us the relentlessness of the good shepherd who goes after wandering sheep and never gives up. Protect us by your Holy Spirit from being easily discouraged and grant us the spiritual strength to endure the hardships we face. Please deliver us from a sour compulsive nature to envy others and resist your will. Save us from a life of pretense and guard us from using religion as a mask to cover up our resistance to the claims of Jesus Christ on our lives. Father God, please help us during the seasons of grief and loss that we may endure to know that your Son lives, and that in him sorrow can never have the final word.
We praise you for sealing us as your adopted children and making us rich inheritors of your everlasting kingdom. We thank you for comforting us in our moments of weakness and tribulation with the assured knowledge that like Christ you will raise us to life after death. We glorify you for the success that you have given to the Church as the Holy Spirit leads us to proclaim the good news to every tribe, every tongue, and every nation.
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Lord, we confess that we have often wasted and squandered your blessings. Please forgive us and help us to invest every blessing we have for your kingdom so that you might use us as blessings to others. If it be your will, we ask that you help us to win the favor of our family, friends, and co-workers by unashamedly living out our lives for the gospel and the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray all this in his name and for his sake, Amen. Father God we praise you for your absolute goodness, perfection, and holiness.
We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who was tempted in every way as we are and yet did not sin. We confess that in our weakness, we have shamefully enjoyed sins of the mind and body that we ought to have resisted. Please forgive us for our unholy failures.
Teach us to truly mourn our offenses against you and lead us by the Holy Spirit into faithful repentance. Thank you for giving us the power of the Holy Spirit to face future temptations.
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Continue to sanctify us in our frail bodies as we eagerly await the return of your glorified Son. In a world full of darkness, make us your holy lights and gospel witnesses this week. It is the name of Jesus Christ and for his sake that we pray, Amen. Lord, we praise you for your righteousness and perfect judgments, for you are an incorruptible judge far greater than any corruptible government or sinful man.