Voices Only: ‘Be Still’ songs
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The “Magnificat” is a song of praise uttered by Mary, Jesus’s mother, in Luke 1:46-55. It’s also called “Mary’s Song,” and various composers have set it to music for centuries. The version we most often sing in Churches of Christ was composed by Randy Gill, a recording artist and worship minister who serves as associate professor and assistant dean of the College of Entertainment and Arts at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
Here’s the “Magnificat” sung by Campus Church Acapella Worship from Florida.
“Magnificat” is a beautiful melody for the soul of a believer as well as a delightful praise to our God. I must say that it’s one of my favorite a cappella songs. First, it feels like a perfect union of prayer, worship, praise and testimony. It’s also an invitation to magnify the Lord Almighty. I pray that my soul may glorify the Lord and my spirit may rejoice in the Lord no matter what I am going through, because we were made to bring honor and glory to God, so this must be our posture before our Heavenly Father. We give praise and glory to God, the Father, the Creator of all things, the Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for each one of us.
“I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” (Psalm 86:12).
Here’s a version recorded during the pandemic by the praise team of the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn.
A testimony also is incorporated into this song, expressing thankfulness of the provision of God. He has been mindful of us. He takes care of us, he provides even though we don’t deserve it. He pours down a rain of blessings in our lives forever and ever.
This song leads my heart to acknowledge the blessings of God every day and to count the many things God does in my life.
Count your blessings! Give thanks to God because of the great things he has done! Praise be to God alone! He is worthy of praise. He is worthy of it all! When we acknowledge all of these things, we are filled with a joy that goes beyond our understanding. It’s not a temporary joy, but an eternal one
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3).
What a cappella song do you find especially meaningful? Send us a video link and a short description of what the song means to you. We might use your selection in a future Voices Only.
DANIELA NEVES is a student at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. She is a student worker for The Christian Chronicle and a translator for Luso-Africa Mission Partners (LAMP) International. She is from Lisbon, Portugal, and grew up in the Igreja de Cristo Lisboa (Lisbon Church of Christ).
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