Reflections on teaching a song…

It’s always nerve-wracking to teach a new, original song. Even if I’m excited about it, there’s a certain vulnerability and awkwardness about saying “Hey, rather than sing any other song ever written, can we take the next 5 minutes to sing MY song?” It better be good, right?!? That’s probably why I’m pretty slow to introduce originals.

But over the Christmas break, I finally finished a song that’s been burning inside me for months. Here is the first time we introduced it (with original lyrics) on Wednesday the 5th…

As you saw in the video, the idea that God loves EVERY ONE of his kids equally – no matter their history, nationality, beliefs, sins, strengths, etc – is profoundly moving to me. For nothing can separate us from the love of God…. And not only do I want to see myself as one of those deeply loved kids, I want to see every single other person I ever meet as my brother or sister, engulfed in God’s bottomless, paternal and maternal LOVE.

Thankfully, the Wednesday night community was gracious enough to jump on board… and by the end of the song we were all singing “Ohhhhhh, You LOVE Your children, all Your children!” in one huge voice.  Here are the lyrics…

God’s Children
Aaron Niequist

Father of the beaten down
Lover of the strong and proud
God of every class, from the greenest grass to the underpass
You’re the Maker of us all

Father of each citizen
Lover of each immigrant
God of everyone who has ever been an alien
You’re Creator of us all
Animator of us all

Oh—You love your children, Love your children
Every daughter, every son
Oh—You love your children, All your children
Help us see You in each one

Father of the most oppressed
Lover of the finest dressed
God of every kid who has ever hid from being hit
You’re the Seer of us all
Loving Weeper for us all

You bring the rain down
On the good and bad, The good and bad
On all —— Your children

And You make the Sun shine
On the good and bad, The good and bad
In all —— Your children

We were all once aliens
And we’re all so full of sin
But in Jesus’ name we are welcomed in, as citizens
A brand new family, old and young
From every nation, faith, and tongue
A new creation has begun
From every nation, faith, and tongue

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 02.01.11 under Lead Worship.

5 Responses to “Reflections on teaching a song…”

  1. It is awkward, sometimes frustrating to bring a new song to the Congregation, and I can only imagine those ideas are hightened when it’s your own song!
    These lyrics are beautiful, Aaron. I’m not surprised the Wednesday crowd really used it to Praise God :)

    Posted by Bec on 12/13/09 February 2nd, 2011 at 6:13 am

  2. Great song, Aaron! I truly appreciate the lyrics. Do you have any words on how the words changed from what you sang that Wednesday to what you posted on this blog? I noticed you dropped the word “mother,” for instance? Also, any chance you’ll be posting chords on your website?

    Posted by Anthony Parrott on 12/13/09 February 2nd, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  3. Great song, Aaron. And great message too, one that’s certainly lacking from a lot of church-based worship music these days. Like you said in the intro, it’s really easy to focus on who’s in and who’s out, and how to make sure you’re in, etc. Reminding us that we are ALL lost and in need of God, and that he loves us all, is a welcome addition to a worship service.

    And I really like the sound too, the tempo was great and all the different parts everyone played really sounded nice together.

    Man, it must be nerve racking to introduce a new song you wrote… I struggle with playing my songs for close friends and family!!! Keep up the great work!

    Posted by curtis on 12/13/09 February 2nd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  4. The idea behind this song seems to suggest that everyone on earth is a child of God. We know from the scriptures that this is not true. Only those who trust in Jesus by faith are His children (John 1:12). The rest are condemned, and children of wrath (John 3:18, Eph. 2:3). And one day he will separate the goats from the sheep (Matt. 25:31-46). I know you may have meant well with this song, but the essential message behind it appears to promote a type of universal salvation, particularly the line that says, “From every nation, faith, and tongue.” I mean, God does save people out of other faiths, but the wording and vagueness of that refrain in light of the rest of the song really blurs the line between believer and unbeliever.

    Posted by Jared on 12/13/09 March 15th, 2011 at 12:31 am

  5. Jared,

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I don’t believe in universal salvation and don’t want to nudge anyone in that direction. This song isn’t about salvation, actually, it’s about creation. I believe that God created every single person ever born, and loves them passionately every day of their existence. If God is their Father, then they are his child…even if they don’t realize it! Certainly, much changes when we decide to turn our lives toward God through Christ, but not God’s love. I don’t believe that His love ever changes.

    Does that help?

    Many blessings!

    Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12/13/09 March 25th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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