The Deep Bass Note of Worship
When asked what the Charismatic Movement contributed to the church, Dr Ern Baxter said that he felt the answer was "Worship". Through reviving and restoring worship in the Charismatic Movement God was bringing to the fore a people who were not satisfied with simply "head" worship - they wanted to connect to Him in their hearts. They wanted to encounter the Presence of God. And in my own personal experience, the hymnody of the Charismatic Movement played a vital part in helping me grow up with firmly embedded doctrinal views that I have - particularly that of Restoration. Here are some of my favourites:
"Jesus has sat down at God's right hand - He is reigning NOW on David's throne,
God has placed all things beneath His feet - His enemies shall be His footstool;
For the government is now upon His shoulder, and of the increase of His government and peace - there will be no end, there will be no end - there will be no end!".
"I hear the sound of rustling in the leaves of the trees, the Spirit of the Lord has come down on the earth. The church that seemed in slumber has now risen from its knees, and dry bones are responding to the fruits of new birth.
Oh this is now a time of restoration! The word will go to all men everywhere. The church is here for healing of the nations. The perfect work of Jesus has begun,
My tongue will be the pen of the ready writer! And what the Father gives to me I'll sing - I only want to be His breath - I only want to glorify the King.
A body now prepared by God and ready for war, the prompting of the Father is our word of command. We rise a mighty army at the bidding of the Lord - the devils fear and hear for their time is at hand!".
"Jesus we enthrone You - we proclaim You our King - standing here in the midst of us, we raise you up with our praise! And as we worship build a throne - and as we worship build a throne, and as we worship build a throne - come Lord Jesus and take Your place!".
"I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it - so you powers in the heavens above bow down! And you powers on the earth belows bow down! And acknowledge that Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is Lord! Is Lord!".
"Lord the light of Your love is shining, in the midst of the darkness shining, Jesus light of the world shine upon us - set us free by the truth You now bring us, shine on me. Shine on me. Shine Jesus shine! Fill this Land with the Father's glory! Blaze Spirit blaze! Set our hearts on fire! Flow river flow - flood the nations with grace and mercy - send forth Your Word Lord and let there be light! As we gaze on Your kingly brightness, so our faces display Your likeness - ever changing from glory to glory, mirrored here may our lives tell Your story, shine on Me, shine on me!".
"We believe in God the Father Maker of the Universe, and in Christ His Son our Saviour, come to us by virgin birth. We believe He died to save us, bore our sins was crucified! Then from death He rose victorious - ascended to the Father's side! Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all.
We believe He sends His Spirit on His church with gifts of power. God His word of truth affirming sends us to the nations now. We believe He'll come again in glory, judge the living and the dead!".
"At Your feet we fall, mighty risen Lord as we come before Your throne to worship You. By Your Spirit's power, You now draw our hearts and we hear Your voice in triumph ringing clear! I am He that liveth, that liveth and was dead! Behold I am alive forever more!".
This song isn't Restoration because it's by John Wimber but it is still a favourite of mine and very precious:
"Oh let the Son of God enfold you, with His Spirit and His love, let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul. Oh let Him have the things that hold you, and His Spirit like a Dove, will descend upon your life and make you whole. Jesus oh Jesus come and fill Your lambs. Jesus oh Jesus come and fill Your lambs. Oh come and sing this song with gladness, as your hearts are filled with joy - lift your hands in sweet surrender to His Name. Oh give Him all your tears and sadness, give Him all your years of pain, and you'll enter into life in Jesus' Name".