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  • Draw near (Hebrews 4)

    Not congregational, but hope you like it! Based on Hebrews 4 (and a few other Scriptures).

    http://soundcloud.com/richjens/draw-near

    Lyrics:

    People of God, enter into rest
    People of God, know that you are blessed
    The grace of our Maker, has brought us salvation
    We have a high priest who makes propitiation

    Don't be made stone by the wiles of sin
    Encourage each other, strive to be like Him
    His word is living, the sharpest incision
    It pierces the soul with perfect precision

    We draw near with no fear before Him
    With boldness we seek His face
    There's mercy, forgiveness and comfort
    Draw near to His throne of grace

    Nothing can hide, everything is known
    Exposed to His eyes, all our secrets shown
    But the grace of our Maker, has brought us salvation
    We have a high priest who makes propitiation
    http://soundcloud.com/richjens
    http://richjens.bandcamp.com/

  • #2
    True, that this isn't congregational; it is much too rich in Theology to "fly" in today's church.

    The use of the word,"propitiation" will raise a question mark to a large percentage of hearers; I haven't seen or used this word since I stopped using the King James, so even to me, the exact meaning is cloudy, although it can be understood in the context of the song.

    I applaud you for writing songs rich in the truths that tend to get overlooked in our culture.

    Tom

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    • #3
      True, that this isn't congregational; it is much too rich in Theology to "fly" in today's church.

      The use of the word,"propitiation" will raise a question mark to a large percentage of hearers; I haven't seen or used this word since I stopped using the King James, so even to me, the exact meaning is cloudy, although it can be understood in the context of the song.

      I applaud you for writing songs rich in the truths that tend to get overlooked in our culture.

      Tom

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      • #4
        Hi Tom

        Thanks for the feedback. Actually 'propitiation' is in the ESV, and yes, might not be familiar to people. It's a really useful term (and not just because it rhymes with 'salvation'!), so perhaps people might look it up and learn something new...

        Richard
        http://soundcloud.com/richjens
        http://richjens.bandcamp.com/

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        • #5
          Hey Richard! I really like the melodies and your voice sounds wonderful! Did you do all the instrumentation? The dynamics flowed so great!

          I'm with Tom in that the song is not necessarily congregational -- in that, I think it's too general. I believe we need songs that express deep theology, yet at the same time, I believe we as songwriters must be mindful to express one deep theological thought at a time. Hebrews 4 is SO rich in theological truths that one could write an entire album on Hebrews 4. One song could focus on what the Sabbath rest truly means, one song could express what it means that Christ is our high priest, one song could point out all the deepness of why God's word is like a two-edge sword, etc.

          Lyrically, I think there are so many theological points you're trying to make with the song that it seems more like a collection of truths than a journey into a truth. Does that make sense? One exercise that I'm still trying to learn is "what main point is the song expressing?" The song must be narrowed down to ONE point seeking deeper truths into that one point. For example, Jesus is our high priest. What does that mean? How does knowing that help me (and the church)? Why is it so important that we know Jesus is THE high priest? What is Christ's role as the high priest? Why must Jesus be the high priest anyway? ..... See where I'm going with this? We zoom in on an aspect of Jesus so we can express more detail into that aspect through the songs we write, and use that to encourage the listener to look more deeply into Christ to find those treasures hidden in him.

          I hope this somewhat encourages you. It's awesome you're writing from scripture; it's indeed a powerful weapon in our warfare. Tackling Hebrews is quite the task, and I admire you for taking that head on. My biggest suggestion would be to narrow the focus a bit, and know what MAIN point you want to get across, and have the lyrics support that main point (as long as the main point is not TOO broad). Again, I hope all that makes sense. Thanks for sharing the song, and being open to feedback. Many blessings to you!!
          Melanie Siewert, Christ's Servant
          BLOG: http://www.worshipvanguard.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            Hi Melanie

            Thanks for the comments... there's definitely a lot of material in Hebrews 4! I agree with you about focus - I think if I was turning this into a congregational song, then that would be a must. At the moment, though, I'm not wanting to put too much of my own exposition in songs but to try to keep to the original Scripture, and also bring other Scriptures in there that are helpful. So it's kind of a summary of the chapter (or part of a chapter). Does that make sense? It's perhaps not the best approach to songwriting, but it's what I've been trying to do recently!

            Richard
            http://soundcloud.com/richjens
            http://richjens.bandcamp.com/

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            • #7
              I think I get what you're saying. More like a bible teaching song, right??
              Melanie Siewert, Christ's Servant
              BLOG: http://www.worshipvanguard.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Yes that's right - something along those lines!
                http://soundcloud.com/richjens
                http://richjens.bandcamp.com/

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