Worship is mentioned so much in the bible and especially in the book of Psalm. It amazes me that David was able to write 150 songs of worship to God. As a worship leader I’m always striving to find the right worship songs that perfectly depict who God is. I love using songs that literally take scripture and put it to a melody. And there are those songs that seem so beautiful however without realizing it the wording is slightly off from what scripture says.
Let’s use Come Alive (Dry Bones) by Lauren Daigle as one example. Yesterday my sister and I lead worship with my boyfriend and two of our very good friends. Our youth pastor had pointed out an error in the chorus that needed to be changed. The original chorus states, “we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive.” However, the pastor and I changed it to “You call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive,” which is now biblically correct.
After doing a bit if research today, I found what I believe are the scriptures that Lauren used for most of her song. In Ezekial 37:4-6 it states, ” Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”‘”
It is not us, or the Israelites in this case, that call out to the dry bones to rise but it is God who does so. God uses us as His vessels but only He can breath breathe into us. Only God can make those who live in sin (the dry bones) new in Him. Ezekial was used by God to call out the dry bones to come alive but it was not his own power but our Holy Lord’s.
This was a good lesson for me as a worship leader. Even though a song seems scripturally correct, I must still double check to make sure there is not a hidden twist to God’s word. As leaders and more importantly servants of God we are to portray God for who He is. We are to give others true information about Him and not decieve anyone by giving false information that could be harmful to a Christians walk with God or a nonbeliever’s submittion to Him.
I highly suggest you take the time to read Ezekial 37 because 1) you will be able to see where Lauren went wrong, 2) you will also be able to see how God uses the term “dry bones”to describe the Israelites, and 3) to study and understand God’s word and not be fooled by what man says. Man will always disappoint you. That is why we must keep our eyes on God. Even my fellow worship leaders will fail me. That is why I must keep my eyes on God and to worship the God who created those that I get to serve with on a weekly basis.
“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.” ~ Psalm 149:1
P. S. Yes I’m wearing crazy blue lipstick! 😁💙