Rediscovering Worship Through Old Testament Songs
Are all the songs found in the Old Testament applicable to contemporary Christian worship? God’s Lyrics answers with a resounding “yes!”
Douglas O’Donnell draws out the historical, exegetical, and theological significance of the songs of Moses, Deborah, Hannah, David, and Habakkuk. He then shows, in the light of the person and work of Jesus Christ, how the lyrics of God’s Word apply to contemporary congregational singing.
God’s Lyrics offers both a corrective and a call—a corrective to sing of Christ from the Psalms, the Law and the Prophets, and a call to use the whole counsel of God in worshiping him.
The new hymns and music provided for each biblical text encourage pastors, lyricists, and church musicians to reengage with these ageless songs and their timeless themes.
“Doug O’Donnell has carefully and caringly unpacked the treasury of Scripture’s songs and provided a rich resource.” —Niel Nielson
“This book is unique: it combines the careful exposition of God’s Word with creative work in hymnody. It will be appreciated by pastors, musicians, and everyone else who loves to worship God in the biblical way.” —Philip Graham Ryken
“For the Christian who has become a bit numb to the grand realities of God’s saving acts recorded in the Bible, Doug O’Donnell’s prescription is a healthy dose of the songs of Scripture. This book makes great medicine!” —Greg Wheatley
About the Author
Douglas Sean O’Donnell (MA, Trinity Evangelical Division School; MA, Wheaton College Graduate School) is the senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Part One: Sermons on the Songs
- 1) The Song of Moses
- 2) The Song of Yahweh
- 3) Song of Deborah
- 4) The Songs in Samuel
- 5) The Song of Habakkuk
Part Two: Application for Christian Worship
- 6) Come, Christians, Join to Sing!
- 7) Lord Centered: Magnifying God
- 8) The Acts of the Lord: Recalling Salvation History
- 9) Joy Over Justice: Rejoicing in God’s Just Judgments
- 10) Practical Wisdom: Exhorting Us to Godliness
Part Three: New Hymns on Old Texts
- 11) Postlude and Prelude: An Introduction and an Invitation
“My Strength, My Song, My Salvation” (Exodus 15)
“Why Should You Not Now Adore Him?” (Deuteronomy 32)
“God of Triumph” (Judges 5)
“Our King, God Does Exalt” (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
“Though the Fig Tree Blossoms Not” (Habakkuk 3)
“Worthy Art Thou, O Christ” (Revelation 5:9-11)
Appendix: The Top Songs Sung in American Churches