Aaron Keyes

SONGWRITER / FATHER / TEACHER

Aaron’s heart is to restore the Word of God to the foundation of corporate worship, and to help lead the next generation of worship leaders (who lead songs) to become more biblically empowered worship pastors (who lead people).

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For The Leader

For the last several months, I’ve been learning about the power of Blessing. There’s been no more helpful aid than a book by the late Irish priest, John O’Donohue. I discovered his book To Bless the Space Between Us a few years ago, and it’s been simmering in my soul ever since.

My all-time favorite Irish worship leader, Eoghan Heaslip, was teaching for our worship school a couple years ago, and he ended his lesson with the following blessing, from O’Donohue. I’ve been meditating on these words ever since. May they take root in you, as they have in me.

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Laughing Ourselves to Sleep

It was 2:45am when I collapsed into bed next to my wife Megan, completely exhausted from the full day. Ten worship pastors from around the country had been living with us all week, and I was ready for some rest. But then an unexpected sound drifted into our room and we began to giggle. Within a few minutes, we couldn’t stop laughing.

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Harps or Spears

Years ago, a friend of mine asked me what I thought about some big artistʼs new worship CD, and I remember taking the opportunity to (ever so subtly) slander the artist. I was able to word it in a way that it sounded impersonal, objective, and merely a matter of opinion, but deep down I was giving in to a nasty little sin.

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Unite My Heart to Fear Your Name

Psalm 85 says, “Surely his salvation is near to those that fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.” And then Psalm 86 says, “Teach me your way oh Lord, I will walk in your truth; Unite my heart to fear your name.”

I believe God is calling our church to whole-hearted worship and fervent fear of the Lord, which will result in an outpouring of his glory and his presence in our land.

O My Soul

If you spend much time in the Psalms, you’ll find a lot of soul-talk.  Over and over the writers will address their own souls, summoning themselves to praise. Psalm 103 starts out, “Praise the Lord, oh my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy Name.” Or Psalm 43, “Why are you so downcast oh soul, hope in God!”

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Song of Moses

The first song in the Bible is the Song of Moses, found in Exodus 15. We know the story: Israel has been living as slaves for 400 years when God sends a deliverer; through a series of incredible miracles and plagues, culminating with the death of the Passover lamb, the Egyptian king (Pharaoh) relents and let’s God’s people go.

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Worship School: May 2011

The past several years, my wife and I have opened up our home for periods of time (anywhere from a week to six months) to have worship leaders come and hang out, learn, and do life with us. Weʼve had guys from all over North America, from Africa, and Europe, and weʼve had an absolute blast getting to know them all and spend a season–short or long–in comunity together.

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Sovereign Over Us

I’ve loved getting to know Bryan Brown and Jack Mooring.  Bryan is one of the funniest and most talented guys you’ll ever meet.  (Oh and, he looks exactly like Dave Matthews, only better.)  Bryan writes great songs and is a phenomenal guitarist who’s been playing with Matt Redman on the road for a while now.  Jack Mooring you may know from the band “Leeland” (Jack is Leeland’s big brother) as the warm and haunting voice in the band.  He’s a calm, kind presence who’s never anything but gracious and patient.  These are attractive qualities if you’re writing music together.

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Dwell

Last year I had the chance to connect with Jess Cates in Los Angeles. Jess is a godly, gracious, winsome, and extremely talented guy. It didn’t hurt anything that he’d written a few of my favorite pop songs in recent memory (David Archuletta’s Crush anyone? No? How about Nick Lache’s What’s left of me? No? Then you have no pulse). We sat down and started talking about what we’d like to write about, and Jess had this idea from Isaiah 54: “No weapon formed against me will prosper.” It all started there, with what became the bridge.

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