Sing a New Song of Praise

I love to read through the chapters written by one of the Bible’s greatest worshipers, David.  In Psalm 33, I am reminded to continue to worship the Lord in song and joy.  I am also reminded to praise Him on many different instruments.  Not only that, but I need to play skillfully and to sing.  So, I want to encourage you to pick up that guitar, pick up that instrument you have thought about learning.  The Lord has put a powerful desire in us to praise Him.  Practice, teach and learn the language of music … so that we can be filled with joy by praising God!

Psalm 33 (NLT)

1 Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

Is there an instrument you would love to learn to play?

Is Your A-chord worn out? Replace it!

I recently read an article discussing chord embellishment, or direct substitution. The idea is to spruce up your songs by substituting an embellished chord for the original major chord. An embellished chord may include an extra note or replace a note.

For Example:
Instead of

You could try or or Aadd9 or A2 or A6

Not every embellished chord will work or sound right, but you may find that replacing that plain old A-chord with an alternate version breathes new life into a standard pattern.  I personally love the Asus2 (which some people mistakenly call A2) in place of A-chords.  I also love to use the open-A chord on the 5th fret which is really an A-add9.

Do you use something besides a base-position A-chord?
And what song(s) do you use it in?

February Contest Winner …

RWTC congratulates Mike Rodock, the winner of the Boss ME-25 unit! Mike is from Salem United Methodist Church, in GA. The church has been active since 1824, and is a community driven church with a mixed worship style ranging from Christian rock, African spiritual, traditional hymns to bluegrass gospel reflecting the congregation and community. He and his wife started the praise band several years ago in order to bring some freshness to the worship and to allow those with ability and desire a chance to express their spirituality with music. It has been a great ministry for the band members and congregation alike.

As Mike said to us, “The ministry is tremendously fun and spiritually uplifting. The ME 25 will bring a whole new level of zing to my sound. I can’t wait to try it out.”

Each month Rockin’ With The Cross will be giving something away in our Equip & Train Contest. So enter to win and let others in your ministry know about us. Each membership allows us to keep going and equip others like yourself in ministry here in the U.S. and abroad. Imagine each worship leader reaching their congregations. You can help us directly and indirectly minister to millions. We are praying for you all!

Equip & Train Contest for March 2011
M-Audio Keystudio 49 (w/ ProTools LE)