All I Really Want In A Worship Song

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We teach a lot of songs on Worship Artistry and they are all good for different reasons. All I Really Want by Tim Timmons stood out of the crowd a bit and I found myself asking why. Here’s what I love about this simple song.

Low Ceiling Dynamic

Every good song is dynamic but more often than not, congregational songs are written and arranged to go through the roof. If you are building a set, you need these low dynamic songs. They give our ears and hearts a rest. They give us an opportunity to listen. God isn’t always in the earthquake. He often speaks with the still small voice.

God isn’t always in the earthquake. He often speaks with the still small voice.

Challenging Lyrics

We need songs that proclaim things we already know to be true. We also need songs that are challenging and make us think about our faith. Can I really sing  “All I really want is You” and have it be the truth? Lyrics like this make me stop and think. I love how it starts with “All I really want is You” but follows with a pleading to let God take over “so that all I really want is You”. It goes from a proclamation to a prayer. The song really works on my heart as I sing it and in turn gives God space to work on it too.

Compelling, Not Overwhelming

The instrumentation is creative and beautiful. You can also pick out every track because ever track is important. There aren’t 5 guitars. There’s one very simple part and it adds so much with so little. It’s refreshing to listen to and refreshing to play.

Songs like this don’t often become “hits” but they are so important to our corporate worship settings.

Conclusion

Songs like this don’t often become “hits” but they are so important to our corporate worship settings. If you haven’t yet heard it, give it a shot. Let me know about your favorite songs that fit this purpose in your life in the comments. You might just find it in our tutorial library someday.

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

All I Really Want In A Worship Song

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All I Really Want

There are times when a song comes along that is so wonderful, simple, and elegant. 'All I Really Want' is one of those songs. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing Jason, never would have heard this otherwise. Blessings

Glad you dig it

Hoping to find more diamonds in the rough as we move forward

Great song

Recently I started liking hymns a lot more than I used to. (Loved your acoustic hymns series). But this song and a good number of other more contemporary stuff, I also really like listening to. Thanks for teaching this song.