Get Up, Friend of God!

One of my favorite things to do is to listen to popular worship songs sung by different artists and pick out a favorite one. For instance, I've listened to several versions of the song Awesome God. So many artists have recorded this wonderful song, and all have a unique way of doing the song. I enjoy listening to them all! I haven't yet picked a favorite version of this song. They're all so good. Rich Mullins is the one who wrote the song and I find that he's serious and yet a little bit playful when singing it. Maybe that's just my perception of it, but I think that Rich is serious except for when he gets to the lines:

And when the sky was starless
In the void of the night

He spoke into the darkness
And created the light

He seems to be a bit playful just during those lines. And then there's Michael W. Smith, who sings the chorus of that song in a very soft and heartfelt tone of pure worship. And I also love Carman's version of the song, because his version is very powerful. And I think it's very similar to what Rich Mullins had in mind when he pictured a fire-and-brimstone preacher yelling the words: "The Lord wasn't joking when He kicked 'em out of Eden!"

So you see, each version of a praise song is good. And I like to listen to them all. In fact, my favorite thing to do is to pick a song that I feel like singing to God over and over again, and play all the different versions of that song back-to-back, over and over. Once you get to that point where you are really feeling the love of God and tears are rolling down your eyes, you don't want to stop.

And if I have a favorite version of the song, then I will listen to that favorite version first. Like with Friend of God. I listened to a lot of different covers of that song.  I learned that the song was written by Israel Houghton and Michael Gungor. Each of them had recorded their own version of it, and I liked both version, but I liked Israel's the best. He performed it with New Breed on the Live from Another Level CD.

I believe that it's good to have songs picked out for every type of mood. For instance, those are good songs for when you are in a praise and worship mood. And there are also songs that are good for when you are in a dancing mood. A good song for dancing to is Get Up by Cali. What a fun song! That song is availabe on her self-titled CD that was just released in Wal*Mart stores yesterday!

RaggedyAnn RaggedyAnn
26-30, F
May 2, 2007