Some Michael Card Songs that appear on certain albums appear to be written for a certain purpose. What if we expand their purpose? What if their value is NOT unique to a certain group or time of year?
1. Song of Jesus
Song of Jesus is written to be calming. It is supposed to help assuage fears and worries so that sleep might be attained. Did you stop having fears and worries when you outgrew your crib? It is possible, even likely, that your fears and worries increased the older you got. Song of Jesus has an encouragement to trust and rely upon Jesus. This is not a message outgrown.
This song is on Michael Card’s Sleep Sound in Jesus album. It is supposed to be a lullaby. It is a lullaby. But, why limit it to the lullaby category? As with many of the songs on this album, they are enjoyable for adults too.
Favorite line: “If He could cause the storm to clear, He’ll calm the tempest of your tears. If He could cause the dead to rise, at dawn He’ll open up your eyes.”
2. Joseph’s Song
Often sung during Christmas time, this song is written from the viewpoint of Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. He is wondering how in the world is he supposed to be the guardian of God’s son. Saint Joseph is overwhelmed. Joseph would not have been the first person and certainly will not be the last person to feel unqualified to accomplish what God has asked of her/him. His situation is profound. People can relate to being overwhelmed by their circumstances. However it does not stop being profound and relatable come January, February or even September. So listen to this one all-year-around.
The best line in the song is, “Father, show me where I fit into this plan of yours.” This sentiment is something many believers struggle with during any time of the year.
3. Come, Worship the Lord
This song is based on Psalm 95. It is a call to worship the Lord. The title of the Psalm in the Bible is “A Call to Praise and Obedience.” Michael Card was criticized for his work on this song. He probably would not have been if he had written it. Come, Worship the Lord was written by John Michael Talbot, a Catholic. The two combined their works in the album Brother to Brother. The album contained some of each of their songs and all of them were performed as duets by the praise and worship songsters.
Praising God is not limited to Catholics. Praising God is not limited to Protestants. Why would anyone who believes in God be offended by someone praising Him?
Favorite line: “Come, let us bow down and worship, bending the knee before the Lord, our Maker.”