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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.26)

The Greatest Commandment

In our worship and in our living, what is most important to God? What does our loving Father

want from us and for us? Jesus said it clearly:

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of

them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest

commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with

all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two

commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40, NIV)

Loving Him completely, with all that we have and are--that is what our Father wants for us.

If loving Him is the sum and center of His desire for us, our hymns should have the same goal.

Their purpose should help be to help us love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our

soul and with all our mind.

But let’s be specific and practical. What did Jesus have in mind when He said that life’s highest

goal is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind? Is He talking about wholehearted worship

when we gather together? Is He urging us toward emotional freedom in our worship? Or does

He mean something more?

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