The Parable of COVID 19- Dan’s Worship Blog



Though it is week two of our non-traditional church services, and I miss your faces already, God is still good and so we still worship. As John unpacks what is going on in our world this week, I have put together a list of songs that I hope will encourage you, remind you where we find our strength and our comfort in times of trouble, and focus your eyes on the good in the midst of the bad. While listening to these songs, remember that we do not need to sing side-by-side for God to hear our praise and answer our prayers, whatever the answer may be. As was the case last week, if you would still like to sing a long at home, I have included links to the original artists’ recordings with lyrics attached in the description where possible!

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman –

Goodness Of God – Bethel Music –

            The First two songs in our set are what you can think of as our typical opening call to worship. Both of these songs can serve to focus our hearts and minds on the reason we normally meet on Sundays for church, the reason we watch John’s sermon when it is online, and the reason we listen to and sing music: we do all these things as an act of worship. These songs also remind us that it is not just on Sunday mornings that worship occurs, nor is it simply singing songs of praise with the rest of our congregation. Our lives are to be worship and we are called to worship the Lord wholly in the depths of our despair, in our most triumphant and joyous moments, and every time in between.

It Is Well – Bethel Music –

For our song of response, “It Is Well” can help to remind us where we are to look to in our times of crisis and trial. This is a modern, recreation of an old him with new lyrics added to the verses and the bridge. One of the lines in the verse says “far be it from me to not believe, even when my eyes can’t see,” and I believe many Christians can identify with that statement right now. Though the situation is bad and it looks as if it will only get worse, we can have faith that God is not just waiting on the other side of this global pandemic, but he is in the crisis with us now.

Highs & Lows – Hillsong Young & Free –

God Himself Is With Us –

Our closing songs are starkly contrasting in style but unified in their message. As you listen to these songs, and as you go about the next week – whatever it may look like, I would like to encourage you to remember that our God sits with us in dark places. Psalm 23: 4-6 says

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The valley may be longer than we were expecting, and the shadow may feel darker and colder than we ever expected, but God is still the one who is in control, even in trying times, and God is with is and in us through all of these things.

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Although at such a time as this we find ourselves in a place of being unable to gather together to worship corporately, together as one body of Christ, it is important to remember that we are still fully capable of worshiping. While our service may have been cancelled, music is still an important expression of our praise. Though we may not be worshiping through song together, we can still use songs of praise to focus our hearts and minds on things above, as well as on the good things that God has made. The following is a list of the songs we would have sang in person this Sunday, but I would like to encourage you to listen to them anyways and acknowledge the truth in the words. If you would still like to sing a long at home, I have included links to the original artists’ recordings with lyrics attached in the description where possible!

Look To The Son – Hillsong Worship


Come As You Are – David Crowder

These First two songs are intended to focus our minds and our hearts on God and how he has invited us to come into communion with him. In “Look To The Son,” we sing about who Christ is and why we come to worship him, and in “Come As You Are” the words speak to the truth that no matter where we are, physically or in our spiritual walk with Christ, we are invited to come and meet with God. As you listen to, and perhaps sing, these two songs you can consider the why behind our meetings – why we meet, why we are able to meet, and why we sing our praises to the God most high. Below are the links to these two songs and there are lyrics for both of them posted in the video descriptions.

Look to the Son:

Come as You Are:

Saturn – Sleeping At Last

“Saturn” is a beautiful song written by Ryan O’Neal. As you will hear, the piece begins with an instrumental that is reflective of the majesty and breadth of the cosmos, which is followed by lyrics that O’Neal says are “perhaps written from Galileo’s children(s) perspective” (Sleeping At Last [website], 2016). Similar to what we did last week, this song is not a typical Christian praise song. However, the beauty of God’s creation and the beauty of life, death, and resurrection are so present in the words and in the musicality of what Ryan O’Neal has created that we can worship and honor God simply by naming God’s presence in this work of art. Again, the lyrics for this song are in the video description if you are so inclined as to sing along!


Be Enthroned – Bethel Worship


Death Was Arrested – North Point InsideOut

Our closing songs for this week remind us of the greatness of the God we are worshiping. “Be Enthroned” speaks of us singing praises alongside all of creation, and “Death Was Arrested” points us back to Christ’s victory on the cross. As we look forward to our Easter season, I encourage you to take these truths with you in your daily lives. Truly, we worship a great God – the one who creates supernova’s and the God who conquered the grave to reconcile us to himself.

Be Enthroned:

Death was Arrested :

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