The Power of a Gospel Song
by Jim Delony
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow.” – Philippians 2:9-10
Christians have been singing songs of praise since the first century. This spiritual art has changed and progressed much, as you can tell from being in an Impact worship service on any given Sunday, but one thing that all these songs have in common is the story of Jesus and His message to the world.
One of the first of these songs is actually recorded in the letter of Paul to the church in Philippi. In the second chapter Paul incorporates the lyrics into his correspondence about the incarnation of God’s Son. Those old words underscore the uniqueness of Jesus and celebrate the fact that His name is above every other name. The life and ministry of Jesus bear witness to the truth that nothing can derail the iconic power of His love. The lame walked, the blind saw, the dead were raised to life. When Jesus encountered need, He sowed seeds of hope. And the reason is clear…He has the upper hand. Throughout history, those who claim the power of Jesus observe the fall of resistance. The name Jesus continues to take precedence over every other label that can define people today, such as Sinner, Blind, Prisoner, and Orphan. Death, Drug Addiction, Depression, Alcoholism, Divorce etc. stand not a chance..
When faced with the giants that oppress us on a daily basis, and especially a virus that oppresses us today, a song from the heart can ease all concerns. All we need to do is speak His name boldly and watch the Lord intervene on our behalf. HIS NAME IS JESUS – His name is Jesus, Jesus; Sad hearts weep no more. He has healed the brokenhearted, Opened wide the prison doors; He is able to deliver evermore.