When I accepted Reformed theology and the teachings that come with it, I was still new to the true faith in Christ. My heart had awakened to a refreshing view of God’s sovereign will and power, but I still needed to understand the true aspect of worship. At the time, I was still a continuationist, and I was still very much tolerant towards several heretical groups. The most theologically deep songs I knew were the hymn I Surrender All and How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin. Worship was a big struggle for me as I was growing in the faith.
The music on my phone consisted of bands such as Jesus Culture, Planetshakers, Bethel, etc. I didn’t think that there was any middle ground between contemporary Christian music and old-school hymns. If I had to choose, I will pick the latter without even batting an eye, but I asked myself this question when listening to hymns: what if I wanted to listen to something modern? I know that sounds a little selfish to some, but I was hoping there was something modern yet theologically sound, Reformed lyrics yet retained that contemporary style of music. That is why, with all my heart, I have an abundant gratitude towards Sovereign Grace Worship. They were a Godsend to me personally.
Not only were they a band that followed the musical genre that I had associated with modern Christianity, but they had something truly amazing: sound doctrine. The slogan on their website literary says, “Providing Christ-exalting songs and training for the local church from the local church.” They are basically a theologically sound version of Hillsong. Even though I am a cessationist and they’re continuationist, I still enjoy their worship that is rooted in glorifying God.
Another thing I love about Sovereign Grace is that they are vocal (no pun intended) about having music that doesn’t replace the worship one would have in their local church. They believe that their group is a “supplement, not a substitute.” Their worship is amazing, and as a worship leader in my own church I appreciate that I am able to go on their website and get any resource I can from them. Not only are their resources free and simple to download, but their material is rooted in the Word of God.
Some of my favorites from them is Come Praise and Glorify, Glorious and Mighty, All I Have is Christ, I Will Glory in My Redeemer, Valley of Vision, and Behold Our God. These songs reflect God’s nature and His sheer majesty; they make you reflect on God’s goodness, beckoning you to worship God with joy and gladness. I can’t help, but burst into tears in my study as I sing their songs. I am so glad that I don’t have to settle for worship. I don’t have to believe that there is no substitute for the shallow worship of these modern worship bands when there is Sovereign Grace Music. They will continue to inspire me as a believer, a minister, and as a lowly worshipper in the presence of God.
Below are some of the excerpts from my favorites of theirs to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
“Come praise and glorify our God for we’ve believed the Word; and through our faith we have a seal: The Spirit of the Lord. The Spirit guarantees our hope until redemption’s done, until we join in endless praise to God, the Three in One.” — Come Praise and Glorify
“Majesty, You fashioned the heavens! Your decrees can never be changed! Over all the plans of the nations Your judgments reign!” — Glorious and Mighty
“Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone, and live so all might see the strength to follow Your commands could never come from me! Oh Father, use my ransomed life in any way You choose, and let my song forever be ‘My only boast is You!’” — All I Have is Christ
“I will glory in my Redeemer! My life He bought, my love He owns! I have no longings for another; I’m satisfied in Him alone!” — I Will Glory in My Redeemer
“So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown; to be low is to be high; that the valley’s where You make me more like Christ.” — Valley of Vision
“Who has given counsel to the Lord? Who can question any of His Words? Who can teach the One who knows all things? Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds? Behold our God, seated on His throne! Come let us adore Him!” — Behold Our God
I hope this post didn’t come across as one giant advertisement for Sovereign Grace Music, but I honestly have an enormous appreciation for them. I hope that they continue to inspire others into a true form of doctrinally sound and soulful worship through their rich songs and beautiful melodies.
Soli Deo Gloria.