10. Mighty to Save

Slide 10 of 10

(Words and music by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding)

Honestly, I’m cringing even to put this song on this list. It’s actually one of my favorites. I still remember the first time we sang it in worship at my home church. I loved it then, and I mostly love it still. But I can never quite get past a few lyrics that hold me back. Take, for instance, “Everyone needs a savior.” I don’t believe everyone needs a savior; I think everyone needs THE Savior. Lowercase-“s” saviors come pretty cheap, but the only Savior who can truly save came at great cost.

I’m also uncomfortable with the line, “So take me as you find me.” It feels too cavalier, too irreverent, as if we’re ordering God around. I’d be a more fervent fan of this song if these lyrics simply read, “You take me as you find me.” Which is true… thanks be to God that He does take us as He finds us, though He never leaves us there.

I am in no way suggesting that the 10 songs on this list be banned from our contemporary worship services. And for every one song I’ve listed here that I’d be fine not to sing again, there are countless more I hope to sing again and again, until the day when all Christ’s worshipers sing a new song—the song of the Lamb, the song of the redeemed. 

“I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in them, singing, ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’” (Revelation 5:13)

Elizabeth Spencer is a Midwest wife of 22 years and mom to two teenage daughters, one a high school freshman and the other a college freshman. She and her family attend a small country church where she is privileged to serve on worship team and to facilitate women’s Bible study. When she is not driving her high-school daughter to school or dance or volunteering as a marching band mom, she writes about faith, family, and food (with some occasional funny thrown in) at www.guiltychocoholicmama.blogspot.com

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