I’m going to make a confession… music is an extremely important part of my life. Naturally, I have genres and styles that I prefer, and I have favorite songs. I love the music we do at MPBC. It always has a way to move me whether I’m on stage playing it or not. We just started doing a new song called “King of my Heart” and it’s my absolute favorite! The musicality is fairly straightforward, and the choruses repeat the same phrase, but the message in the verses is what never fails to inspire. In my limited experience as a songwriter, I’ve come to the conclusion that lyrics define a song and absolutely determine its power. Without depth, a song is just sound that doesn’t actually move people. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I crave music that means something! Words are some of the most influential things in creation. But, there’s a certain paradox in words. They can be used to comfort or wound, to strengthen or discourage, as weapons or as shields. Worship music uses words in a way that, to me, nothing else ever has or ever will. In addition to the power of words, I think accompaniment enhances the emotion of certain points in a song. What I love about the song “King of My Heart” is that it’s not only a balance of so many musical components; it ministers to people. The music never overpowers the lyrics, but it compliments them in such a beautiful way that the resounding message of the song is unmistakable. I think my favorite part of the song is the last bit of the second verse:
“Let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins
The echo of my days, oh He is my song”
These lyrics perfectly encase my life prayer. It’s literally my benediction to Jesus. I relate to those words on a spiritual level, and every time those words roll off of my tongue, I feel them with every ounce of my being. I think the reason music is so powerful in general is that it is so very relatable. When people can relate to something in some way, they open up their heart to it, and that’s how God moves. Whenever we play that song on a Sunday morning, I love seeing how people respond to it. It brings my heart inexplicable joy to see that something so dear to me (music) is something that God uses as a vessel to bear witness with hearts in the room. That’s another reason why I love the song so much. It’s approachable to a congregation because of it’s simplistic depth. (How’s that for an oxymoron?) The words of this song are the heartcry of the body of Christ... the declaration of praise! Like the song says, He will never ever let us down, because He is good! Every lyric in this song provides me with unspeakable comfort and perfectly describes my desire for Christ in my life. The verses that come to mind when I hear this song are from Psalm 47:5-7:
“God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.”
He is our King, our everything and He’ll never let us down. So, may the message of unending love and unchanging grace forever fill our hearts and may Christ be the resounding echo of every single one of our days, because He is our unfailing everything!!