(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.61)
Broaden Your Appreciation
I had been in church music publishing for years and had learned to appreciate a wide variety of
styles and songs. But there were some songs I just didn’t respect, to the point that I hesitated to
include them in publications. For example, I read the words to Mosie Lister’s “Where No One
Stands Alone” and the Gaithers’ “There’s Something About That Name” and found nothing
substantial. Yes, there was emotion, but what were the songs saying? All I saw was sentimental
Then one day I realized that when I examined a song in that way, I was only experiencing half of
it. I wasn’t hearing the praise that arises from the hearts of believers for whom these songs are
poignant expressions of faith. I wasn’t hearing the genuine worship these songs release when
sung from a heart of worship. In the mouths of many God-fearing, Bible-believing brothers and
sisters in Christ, these simple, sentimental words become powerful expressions of faith and
praise to the Living God. “Where No One Stands Alone” becomes a profound and moving
statement of our loneliness without God and our deep, inexpressible hunger for Him. (It also
helps to know that the song was inspired by Psalm 51.) “There’s Something About That Name”
verbalizes that indefinable attraction we feel for the man Jesus Christ.
A song is just marks on a paper or a sequence of sounds until some believer brings it to life and
lifts it as an offering to God. Then it becomes a hymn. Only part of it can be read on paper or
heard on a recording. God often uses very humble means to speak to people and do His work.
He often chooses lowly expressions of childlike faith to glorify Himself. Almighty God continues
to confound the wise and to break out of whatever boxes we put Him in.