Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nigerian Praise and Worship Songs

Praise and worship can be described as the humble response of renew human beings to the self-disclosure of the Most High God. Praise and worship songs are based upon the works and word of God, and are hence achieved through the mighty activities of God. Historically, praise and worship songs have always formed an integral part on the idea of worship, probably because of the ease with which these songs provide in expressing the worshipper’s deepest love and adoration to the highest God.
Nigerian Praise and Worship songs are one of a kind, which are sung either in the local languages or in English. It is not uncommon to find different interpretations of English praise and worship songs into Local Nigerian languages. This gives worshipers, who each have different moods, a wide range to express themselves in adoration, praise, pray, and reverence.
The praise and worship songs provide a unique way for worshippers to confess to the Lord as well as respond to his mighty Glory in a language they understand better. In other cases, Nigerian praise and worship songs provide a unique way in which the congregation is better able to understand and interpret the word of God. Particularly, Praise and worship songs enhance the most crucial elements of praise and worship – reading the word of God, the Holy Communion sacrament, and the Sermon.
Praise and worship songs also prepare the worshipper to receive the profuse grace and abundant Blessings from God. Going through the lyrics of Nigerian Praise and Worship songs you will discover that the lyrics are quiet simple. Nigerians don’t make their songs theological and too fancy; instead, they just target simple biblical truths in the native language or in English. Some examples of Nigerian Praise and Worship songs, which have been translated into the local languages for easy praise and worship, are:

Oh What a Wonderful, Wonderful Day

Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day,
A day I will never forget,
After I’d wandered in darkness away,
Jesus my Saviour I met.
Oh what a tender compassionate friend,
He met the needs of my heart
Shadows dispelling, with joy I am telling
He made all the darkness depart.
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul
When at the cross, my Saviour made me whole
My sins were washed away, and my night was turned to day
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul (3x)


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