New Song for July
New Song for July: “Fiery Love” by Sam Lane & Dan Wheeldon.
Our new song is a brooding anthem from our Vineyard friends across the pond. It radiates our DNA – words directed to God, emotive, expressive, and surely conducive to intimacy. I’m also pleased with the more modern styling of this arrangement – the song should be attractive to not just churched folk, but also to the unchurched.
As you learn this song, please consider these verses from Hebrews 12:
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
We are receiving a glorious and enduring and unshakeable Kingdom – because God himself sits on the throne and his rule and reign is sure to be over all in the end. So our response is to be thankful, to worship – because our “God is a consuming fire.” For the readers of the original context of this verse, the “consuming fire” referred to the jealousy of God – if we direct our worship anywhere but God, we are in danger of the consuming fire of his judgment.
However, you and I are under the law of grace and life – and that means that we see this word “consuming” not only as a warning, but also as a welcome outcome. We WANT to be consumed by the love of God, consumed by his power and majesty, set on fire as passionate followers of Jesus, giving ourselves to nothing else but him – and under the new way of life with God, he gives us power to do that through his spirit. The Passionate Lord of the Universe “holds our hearts with his fiery love” – what a great way to remind us that even though we “search” our hearts and “lay” ourselves down, God also makes us his through the jealous fire of his love.
Are you challenged by the content of our new song? How so? Do you feel like the current state of your devotion reflects this song?