Why We Sing: Forever
“Why We Sing” is a weekly blog series sharing why we use the songs we do in our worship gathering. Our hope is that this will help you engage more deeply with your heart, mind, and body in worshipping God through these songs.
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:54-55
“Forever”, written by Kari Jobe and Brian and Jenn Johnson, powerfully tells the central story of the Christian faith, that Christ has died, risen from death, and now reigns forever. This song echoes scripture as it calls all creation to respond to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ by proclaiming, “Hallelujah, the lamb has overcome!”
As Christians, our lives are shaped by God’s story: God’s guiding purpose in the world for His glory. From God’s story we understand our identity and purpose in the world. We know that we belong to a sovereign God who is gracious and good. We know that He has lovingly saved us and frees us from sin and orchestrates all of history for our good and his glory. God’s narrative stands in stark contrast to the narrative of the world. The narrative of the world is that there is no gracious being directing and caring for the world. Instead, the world is driven by chaos and chance, and we, alone, are responsible to make something out of this world.
Which story we believe radically shapes how we respond to our world. Knowing that God is good and in control radically changes how we respond to the cancer diagnosis of those we love. As politics and global events seems to spiral out of control, we rest in the truth that this world is not governed by chaos but is instead governed by a powerfully good God who has promised to make all things new (Rev 21:5).
We sing “Forever” because it gives us opportunity to rehearse the true story of the world: that Christ has conquered all sin, death, and evil and is making all things new. As we rehearse this truth together, it shapes our hearts to cling to the story of God amidst joy and struggle. We cling to this story because it defines who we are and reveals the perfection of the writer of the story!
- Matt Oakes, Music Pastor