This post has two purposes. Firstly, it is the kickoff of this blog’s participation in the larger community of worshipers writing about their Sunday music experience. Secondly, it gives me the excuse to take a particular song out of the list and encourage you with it. Before that, here was the intended set list. Forewarning…I try to find the most accurate videos according to what kind of arrangement we do, and the visuals, predictably, can be corny. Here they are:

Shout for Joy
Happy Day
Your Love Never Fails
He Knows My Name

We wound up not doing that last tune and instead repeated Your Love Never Fails, since the message rested very heavily on the later verses in Romans 8. That, for me, was a mini revelation. I had preached and prayed in mid-song before about Romans 8:28 as it relates to this song. Here is the Scripture, and the part of the song that talks about it.

Maybe it was my lack of attention to the REST of the song, or maybe the Holy Spirit showed me something new, but just look at how well the rest correlates to the later parts of Romans 8!

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That verse is the crux of the entire song. Even as the song opens, it says “Nothing can separate, even if I ran away, Your love never fails. I know I still make mistakes, but you have new mercies for me everyday, Your love never fails.”

Granted, these particular phrases can be found elsewhere in Scripture, but once tied to the line “You make all things work together for my good”, it becomes clear what part of Scripture inspired this song.

Let it be known in your soul…nothing you do or anyone else does can separate you from the love of God. There is but a single unforgivable sin, and that is to resist the call of God in this lifetime. Understand that Jesus paid the highest price for you, believe and live knowing that he is your rescuer from sin. Do that, and every wrong thing you have done or will do will be removed from you. You will be declared righteous, and made into a saint.

“No power in the ‘verse” can stop the love of God.