Monday Melody – Ancient Words

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Song/Album: “Ancient Words” by Michael W. Smith on the album Worship Again.

Why it made the cut:   Okay, I seem to be on an “ancient” kick on Monday Melody.  Last week, it was “Ancient of Days“; this week, it’s “Ancient Words.”  It wasn’t planned, guys!  But this song I adore because it is a beautiful ode to the love letter from the Lord: the Bible.  

Written by the multitalented Lynn DeShazo, who has penned many well-known praise and worship standards (“More Precious Than Silver,” “Lead Me To The Rock,” “Be Magnified”), the song echoes in the mind in its haunting simplicity.  However, in the gifted hands of Michael W. Smith (aka Smitty), it morphs into a hymn of heartfelt adoration to God for the guidance His Word has given His children throughout the ages. 

Smitty won a Grammy and other accolades for this album, and deservedly so.  It is a worshiper’s album, true to its name, and the sparse, rhythmical, almost child-like character of “Ancient Words” makes it easy to remember the lyrics and apply them to the heart.  “Oh let the ancient words impart!”

Artist:  Michael W. Smith was one of the first Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artists I listened to back in the early 1990s.  Who can forget “Friends are Friends Forever,” “Place In This World,” and “I Will Be There For You”?  Those mainstream hits turned the young musician into a household name who would go on to win three Grammy and 40 Dove awards!  Actually, many of the songs Smitty has written can now be found in church hymnals.

This West Virginia native wrote his first song at age 5 and dedicated himself to the Lord at age 10.  The winding path to fame took him through a low period of substance abuse, and Smitty credits God for bringing him out of that pit into a life of wholeness.  Twenty-three albums and 28 #1 hits later, he is still a force to be reckoned with in Christian music.

But Michael hasn’t limited his scope to songwriting, singing, producing, and composing music. He has ventured into book writing, acting, and one of his great loves, volunteering.  Under the Bush administration, Smitty was the Vice Chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and he has been a national spokesperson for Compassion International.

In 1994, Smitty created Rocketown, a teen-oriented ministry, and later found Rocketown Records, and independent Christian record label. He was the founding pastor of New River Fellowship, created in 2006 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Favorite lyrics:

Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart!

Sweet spot: At 2:58, when the music cuts out and you can clearly hear the harmony.  Delightful!

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