I really enjoyed reading Ryan's last two posts about offerings, but if you're like me, you're probably wondering how to apply these wonderful truths to our worship. One practical way of sharing these truths is through a song that I am currently using congregationally in musical worship. The lyrics to Matt Redman's "Breathing The Breath" really bring to us an accurate perspective of God and man. The song is a very singable tune and also incorporates a 7/4 meter in the ending chorus, making this song, both musically and lyrically, a breath of fresh air compared to typical contemporary praise and worship songs.

Breathing The Breath
Words and Music by Matt Redman

We have nothing to give
That didn't first come from Your hands
We have nothing to offer You
Which You did not provide
Every good, perfect gift comes from
Your kind and gracious heart
And all we do is give back to You
What always has been Yours

Lord, we're breathing the breath
That You gave us to breathe
To worship You, to worship You
And we're singing these songs
With the very same breathe
To worship You, to worship You

Who has given to You
That it should be paid back to him?
Who has given to You
As if You needed anything?
From You, and to You, and through You
Come all things, O Lord
And all we do is give back to You
What always has been Yours

We are breathing the breath
That You gave us to breathe

The truths in this song which are great to point out to a congregation are: 1) We owe our very ability to worship to Christ alone. The Spirit of Christ in us enables us to worship him in multiple ways. 2) Worship is more than just musical worship. We live (or breathe) as an act of worship, and we sing songs as one artistic expression of this life of worship. 3) Simply, "Of Him and to Him and through Him are all things."

While leading this song, it may be helpful to share these Scripture passages with the church.

Job 41:11
Romans 11:35-36
James 1:17-18
Job 12-10

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