“Wonderful, Merciful, Savior, Precious Redeemer and Friend, who would have thought that Lamb could rescue the souls of Man?” I remember those lyrics as if yesterday was the first time I heard them. I recall having a conversation with an older gentleman the day before I went to Church for the first time, the day those words would inject life into my dry bones.
I did not know what to expect, but one thing was clear in my mind; I was not leaving Church without having an encounter with God. When the worship began, I was confused. Having come from a Catholic background, this was completely different. I had no experience with a style of worship that invited this level of participation. Singing along with the music did something to me that day. I was awestruck by the lyrics; they pierced my heart! The words brought tears to my eyes. “Wonderful, Merciful, Savior, Precious Redeemer and Friend, who would have thought that Lamb could rescue the souls of Man?” Teardrops ran down my face as the weight lifted, as if a ton of bricks were removed from my chest.
My journey as a Believer began that day, and that song still resonates with me. Worship is not what you might think, and many people reduce it to singing in a Church Sanctuary. To limit worship to an event performed once or twice a week at Church, is to short change yourself of a much more vibrant walk with Yahweh.
Having a proper understanding of what constitutes true Worship is paramount to every Believer. The best description of Worship I’ve ever found is from William Temple. “ Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose—all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable.”
“Wonderful, Merciful, Savior, Precious Redeemer and Friend, who would have thought that Lamb could rescue the souls of Man?” That is what happened to me that day and that is what has continued ever since!