“Before Your Throne” is a worship experience of 11 new songs recorded live. Reflecting on what he is hoping that God will do with “Before Your Throne,” composer Jonathan Dow commented, “Many of the songs were birthed out of the reality that the Scriptures often equip us with the vocabulary we lack when trying to express our hearts to God in the midst of difficulty, pain and challenge. I pray that these songs would give voice to the sometimes inexpressible heartcry of those who are journeying through life’s inexplicable circumstances.” Songs are pulled from both the Old and New Testament: acknowledging God’s sovereignty along with Hagar in Genesis 16 through “You Are the One,” echoing young Samuel’s response to God in I Samuel 3 through “No Other Voice,” testifying of God’s redemption in Psalm 40 through “I Waited Patiently,” surrendering as Peter did in Luke 5 through “I Will Go,” and praying to live a life of gratitude reflected in obedience in Romans 2, 13 and I Timothy 6 through “I Owe You My Life.” The “Voices of Praise” from Connell Memorial UMC and the Aldersgate Renewal Center Praise Team joined together to form the praise team. The CD will complement the printed project that includes lead sheets, basic piano accompaniment and worship team devotionals. Grounded in the Scriptures, each devotional closes with questions that explore the application of the song in the life of an individual and in the life of the church.
Jonathan Dow attended his first Aldersgate conference in 1990. Coming on the staff of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries (ARM) in 1999, he currently serves as Executive Director. Jonathan’s passion is to see others grow deeper in their intimacy with God.
“Before Your Throne” Worship Team Devotionals
To help you and your worship team discover the biblical foundation for each song, take some time to read the Scripture and discuss your answers to the application questions. As you share your reflections, remember that transparency often begets transparency. Be willing to share honestly from the heart as you are comfortable. Your openness may be the instrument that God wants to use to minister to someone else on your team.
Lastly, after each devotional, I invite you to reflect on how the Truths that you discovered will affect how you sing and minister with the song in your church.
Before Your Throne
“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” [Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)]
What is God’s role in all that we have accomplished?
We discover in John 15:5 that apart from Christ we can do nothing. Yet, Philippians 4:13 reminds us that through Christ we can do all things. When you think about all of your accomplishments, to whom do you give credit?
The story is told of Corrie Ten Boom who, when she received a compliment, would take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day she would present the bouquet as a gift of thanksgiving to God. When people acknowledge your accomplishments, how can you acknowledge God as the source of your abilities?
How does the Truth of Isaiah 26:12 affect how you pray as you prepare to minister as a team? Take some time and offer the compliments you have received as a team as a bouquet of thanksgiving to God.
Lord, I humble myself in Your presence, Lord, I bow my heart before Your throne For all that I have comes from You and all I am is because of Your mercy.