When you’re asked to plan a service around the theme of being a slave to righteousness, that causes you to think. There’s only about 2 songs I know with the word “slave” in it (“No Longer Slaves” and “O Holy Night”). There are some songs that have the word “righteousness” in the lyrics, but only as an incidental lyric, not as the main theme. So what direction was I to go? As I contemplated no longer being a slave to sin but to righteousness, it caused me to think of surrendering. We surrender our lives to God. Isn’t that what the Christian life is all about? I hope these songs cause you to reflect on that theme as we worship.
1. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Before we focus on surrendering, we’ll sing a few songs that remind us of how much God has done for us in freeing us as slaves to sin. We begin with this song, also known as Doxology. We’ll sing it in a lower key than usual in order to go directly into the next song.
2. 10,000 Reasons
This song gives us a lot more reasons to surrender to God…10,000 of them, to be exact. Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin came up with this lyric while discussing how each day we wake up, we should never stop being able to think of the many ways God has blessed us.
3. When My Love to Christ Grows Weak
“Learning all the might that lies in a full self sacrifice.” This song is deep in lyrical meaning. Sometimes when we’ve been singing them for years, that meaning may start to slip our minds. In order to refresh that meaning, we’ll sing an arrangement of the song that has just the men on the first verse, just the women on the second verse, and verse 3 begins in unison. Here is the traditional arrangement of the song:
4. Lord, Take Control
Another way we can become slaves to righteousness is by making our lives a “living sacrifice,” as this song suggests.
5. All to Jesus I Surrender
Judson Van de Venter tells the story of how he wrote these powerful lyrics: “For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became and evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, he caused me to sing.”
6. Pierce My Ear
Finally, we come to a song in which we state that we indeed wish to become slaves for God, not out of obligation, but out of love for our Master. From Exodus 21:5-6, “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.”
ORDER OF SERVICE
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
When My Love to Christ Grows Weak (1,2,4,5)
Lord, Take Control
All to Jesus I Surrender
SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 6:15-23
Pierce My Ear