Everlasting God

Hymnology: Everlasting God

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.”
~Deuteronomy 32:4

Hymn Story

As the home of the Desperation Band and many gifted song writers, Colorado Springs’ New Life Church has long been known for its dynamic worship ministry. One member of that song-writing team is Glenn Packiam, who also serves as the lead pastor of one of the New Life campuses. Packiam, the author of “Everlasting God”, is one of the more thoughtful voices in the discussion of church music and worship practices (check out his blog here). Interestingly, he is currently in the process of becoming an Anglican priest, though he will continue to lead at New Life, a non-denominational church in the Pentecostal/Charismatic stream of evangelicalism. Continue reading

Good Shepherd of My Soul

Hymnology: Good Shepherd of My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
~Psalm 23:1

Hymn Story

In the Fall of 2012, Keith and Kristyn Getty released their album Hymns for the Christian Life. As they shared in this interview, their goal in this season of their ministry has been to write hymns which will serve churches by addressing topics often neglected in modern Christian worship music. This has remained their objective with hymns written since the release of that album, including the prayerful “Good Shepherd of My Soul.” Continue reading