Oh how good it is when the family of God
Dwell together in spirit, in love and unity;
Where the bonds of peace, of acceptance and love
Are the fruits of his presence here among us.
So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord,
And with one heart we’ll live out his word
Til the whole world sees the Redeemer has come,
For he dwells in the presence of his people.
Oh how good it is on this journey we share
To rejoice with the happy and weep with those who mourn.
For the weak find strength, the afflicted find grace,
When we offer the blessing of belonging.
Oh how good it is to embrace his command
To prefer one another, forgive as he forgives.
When we live as one we all share in the love
Of the Son with the Father and the Spirit.
A song celebrating being in the family of God
Despite the plethora of new worship compositions that get written every year, some subjects still appear to be largely ignored. And I think this is one of the most important ones – namely, a song that celebrates what it means to be in the Body of Christ.
This song attempts to cover many of the wonderful and vital aspects of being part of God’s family: a place of acceptance and belonging, sharing one another’s joys and sorrows, learning to forgive and be forgiven, experiencing the presence of God though our unity, and being a shining light to the community around us because of our shared love.
I would love to see this song more widely used, as these themes are vital to our emotional, mental and spiritual health, as well as being the key to seeing the kingdom of God established in the world.