I Will Not Worry

Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

Lyrics

VERSE 1

Today my heart is anxious 

Today I doubt success 

But yesterday in my worry

Christ came and helped me through my mess 

 

VERSE 2 

If I know His plans are for me 

Why do I tremble at the unknown?

He says, “Look at the birds of the air how they fly 

If I feed them will I let you go?”

 

PRE-CHORUS

Is life not more than comfort?

Is life not more than all that I own?

If worry gains me nothing 

Why don’t I let it go?

 

CHORUS 1 [2X]

Why do I worry?

Why do I worry 

If I know You promise good to me?

 

VERSE 3

I see all that I’m lacking

I hold uncertainty

But if I seek the Kingdom above all else

He will give me everything I need
 

VERSE 4

My mind returns to doubting

I question what I cannot see

But if God so clothes the grass of the fields

Won’t He also be caring towards me?

 

PRE-CHORUS

Is life not more than comfort?

Is life not more than all that I own?

If worry gains me nothing 

Why don’t I let it go?
 

CHORUS 1 [2X]

Why do I worry?

Why do I worry

If I know You promise good to me?

 

BRIDGE [2X]

No matter what the day may bring I’m 

Yours 

With the outcome in Your hands my hope’s

Secure 

 

CHORUS 2 [2X]

I will not worry 

I will not worry

I trust in Your promises to me


 

OUTRO

Clothed in Your affection 

I won’t fear the great unknown 

The King of Kings calls me His friend 

I will never be alone

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Dive Deeper

 

          Why do we worry? There are many answers to this question. Maybe you get stressed about all the work that you have to get done before a deadline. Maybe you are having trouble in a relationship that is constantly on your mind, making you anxious. Maybe you are worried about the future and big life decisions coming up. All these worries can pile up in our minds and make us feel overwhelmed. The stress that builds up inside of us can weigh us down and hinder us from moving forward.

          BUT, God tells us that there is no need for us to worry. He has promised to take care of our everyday needs. He has our back. He will not abandon us. 

Matthew 6:25-34

 

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

          A few simple necessities that many people take for granted are food, water, and clothes. When God created the world, He paid attention to detail. He created forests full of trees and plants; He formed mountains that climb high into the sky; He made the seas where creatures swim freely. God made an earth where life is able to flourish. This passage highlights how God made it so that the birds of the air can thrive off of their surroundings. If God took the time to make sure the birds are fed, won’t He do the same for the people he created in His image? 

          God also has put so much beauty into His creation. He has decorated the fields of grass, sprinkling them with blossoming flowers. If He took the time to give life and beauty to the fields of grass, how much more caring and nurturing will He be for those who have faith in Him?

          A question we should be asking ourselves is what is truly important in our lives? What is pushing us to move forward? Is it how successful and wealthy we are? Is it the accomplishments and awards we gain throughout our life? Is it the recognition we get from the good things we do? The answer is no. What is truly important in our lives is glorifying our one and only God. We should make it our main priority to live a life that mirrors the life of Christ Jesus. God has given us the Bible, which is among other things, an instruction manual of how to live. What a privilege it is for us to have access to God’s Word because it teaches us what matters most and directs us where and how to walk forward. We must follow the Lord and love Him with our whole heart. Our mindset should be, “If I seek the kingdom above all else, He will give me everything I need.” God knows what is best for us even when we do not understand in the moment. We can trust that our loving and powerful Father will protect and reward those who have faith in Him.

 

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

          God can lift our burdens off our shoulders. We do not need to deal with our struggles on our own. We have a loving Father who wants to take care of us and is always by our side. No matter what life throws our way, we can have confidence that our merciful Father will take our hand and guide us. God has a plan for us. We just need to have the hope and trust that He is in control. He clothes us with affection so that we do not need to fear what lies ahead of us. With God by our side at all times, we do not have to worry.

 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What areas in your life do you worry about? What are you not fully trusting God with?

  2. What are some practical ways that will help you surrender these worries to God?

  3. What does it mean to seek the kingdom above all else?

  4. What are some ways in which God has blessed you and shown you His faithfulness?

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Hidden 

Features

Biblical Point of View:

Jesus’ teaching

Musical Explanation:

  • This song is another disciple song. In this song, the melody is

         passed around from vocalist to vocalist to represent the disciples

         teaching others and discussing/learning Christ’s teachings

        themselves. 

  • This songs begins as a call and response. You first hear the vocalist, Adam Bannister, and at the end of each verse, you hear the other vocalists join in. Adam is singing from the perspective of Jesus, not singing about his own thoughts, but teaching others about what it means to not worry and to place their hope and trust in Jesus. As the song unfolds you hear a swell of harmonies which ultimately symbolize the growing knowledge and beauty of the unknown. In addition, the words change from "why do I worry" to "I will not worry" after singing the bridge of the song. This change comes because the disciples understand who Christ is and also who they are in Christ, resulting in a transformation and a new song sung from the heart. 

  • Each series of verses sung by the vocalist tell a story in themselves, and you hear the individual stories of the people through their words. It can also be taken from the perspective of the disciples as they are teaching these words to themselves and others, and several of the other POVs told throughout the music.

  • The end of this song vocally portrays the different characters in this story understanding the truth behind these words, and the more spontaneous ending symbolizes them each worshipping and being with Christ in their own ways of expression. 

How to sing:

This song is to be sung with memories of Christ taking your anxiety and placing it upon Himself. Picture yourself standing in the middle of field during a warm summer’s day. Imagine the sun shining upon you as you notice the beauty of nature. While your mind is wandering you cannot help but take in all that is around you and see the beauty of God within it. As you listen to/sing this song, imagine the grass swaying as the wind runs through it and the birds flying overhead with confidence in God to provide for them daily. 

I Will Not Worry