Resolved to Memorize- Come Thou Fount
We all have resolutions for the new year- weight loss, get out of debt, spend more time with family, etc. I've thought a lot about what I can work on in 2015. All of the goals mentioned above are worthy, and I'll probably attempt all of them in the coming months. However, I wanted to go a bit deeper and work on something that will engage both my heart and mind. That's why I've decided that my main goal for this year is to memorize more songs.
My profession is to worship. What a privilege! Each week I get to craft a service that focuses hearts and minds on the Creator of the universe. When Sunday roles around I want to be as prepared as possible to lead in worship. I recently preached on this topic (you can listen to that here) and have become increasingly convicted that I need to do more on the music end to be personally ready. One of the things that will really help me is to memorize the music that I lead each week. This will keep me from being so tied to my music and allow me to connect more with the Lord and those whom I lead. So, with that in mind, I'm hoping to memorize one worship song that is in our regular rotation and that we're singing on the upcoming Sunday each week of the year. Ideally that will mean 52 songs committed to memory; roughly half of the songs that we have in our repertoire at the moment.
The first song, one which we sing often and love dearly at my church, is Come Thou Fount. I've written about this song before on the blog (you can read that here) and it's a great way to start the year.
One of the first things I do as an instrumentalist is tuning up to make sure all the strings are in harmony with one another. Even one string that's 1% out of tune can make the entire instrument sound off. Aligning my heart with scripture is the only way my desires will be in harmony with God's desires. I look forward to learning and singing this one.
If you'd like to memorize along with me, or just have a good copy of the song to sing along with, here's what I'm using.