A blog about current Christian songs that have strong, deep lyrics and can be used in contemporary or blended Christian Worship formats.

Archive for March, 2011

Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin

My strong song of the week is Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin which we sang this past Sunday at Lamb of God Lutheran and have sung many times in the last few years. The lyrics are just great and superb. They are based firmly on the foundational truths of Jesus the Messiah. Very few current songs tackle Scriptural truths like substitutionary atonement, Christ’s humility, communion, Christ’s righteousness, and ransom for sinners all in one song, but this one does.  The melody is also enjoyable and easy for the congregation to sing along.

Chris Tomlin emphasizes with this song that Jesus is more than just a great person, but the only Savior and Messiah for mankind. See YouTube below.  Jesus Messiah is on Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love CD that came on in 2008.

Scripture references include 2 Corinthians 5;21, 1 john 2:2, John 1:41, John 4:25, Philippians 2:1-11, Isaiah 53, Matthew 1;23, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 26:26-27, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, 1 Timothy 2:6, Hebrews 9:15, and  Matthew 27:51.

Jesus Messiah

He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His Righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Chorus:
Jesus Messiah
Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer
Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of all

His body the bread
His blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled
And the veil was torn

Love so amazing
Love so amazing, yeah

All our hope is in You
All our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God
The light of the world

Chorus:

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Christ is Risen by Matt Maher

Christ is Risen by Matt Maher is a strong worship song for several reasons. First of all, the lyrics are Christocentric or Christ-centered. Because the lyrics are centered on Christ they lead us to His cross. The lyrics emphatically and beautifully state that Jesus bled for us. The lyrics also point to our sin and shame which are the reasons why Jesus had to suffer and die.

The lyrics also focus on an amazing theological fact. God in His wisdom chose to conquer death with death which was the basis of a sermon preached in the 3rd Century AD.  Please see the YouTube below.  The fact that Christ has risen from the dead, conquering death with death is reason for the church to come alive and sing praises to Jesus. In a sense this song is a call for the church to leave its apathy and come alive again in worship, praise, and adoration.

Christ is Risen is a great Easter song! We featured it at Lamb of God Lutheran one year ago shortly after it was released. Our entire festival service was built upon the theme “Come Alive!”

Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

Christ is Risen

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

Chorus:
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but Heaven’s will
No scheme of Hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

Chorus (Repeat)

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Sing it, o death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive

Chorus (Repeat)

Scripture references for this song include 1 Corinthians 15:55, 1 John 2:2, Romans 6:23, Mark 16, Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20.

Since Christ is Risen is currently a featured song on K-Love click here for a free download.  This offer expires 4/1/11.

I hope you enjoy and use this strong worship song.

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott


How Deep The Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend

British song and hymn writer Stuart Townend is one of my favorite current artists. How Deep The Father’s Love for Us, which was written already back in 1995, has a beautiful and rich text. It is hard to find a hymn, whether current or ancient, that has a deeper text than this. It is a great song for Lent since it focuses on Jesus’ sacrifice & wounds, God the Father’s deep love for us to forsake His Son, the punishment for our sin, the ransom for sin, repentance, and Jesus’ death & resurrection.

We introduced this hymn at Lamb of God Lutheran in 2009.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr’s, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Phillips, Craig and Dean also have an arrangement of How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.

 

Scripture references for this song include John 3:16John 19:301 Corinthians 1:31Isaiah 53:4-5, and Romans 5:8

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott



All to Us by Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, and Jesse Reeves

Here is another strong worship song written by a powerhouse of contemporary artists; namely, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, and Jesse Reeves. This song is a modern hymn which is one of the reason I really like it. It too is Christocentric or Christ centered. It identifies Christ as our sure foundation, precious cornerstone, and the Promise of God. Other themes include Christ’s return, unity, church, mission, adoration, love, praise and eternity.

We introduced this song in worship at Lamb of God Lutheran on March 6, 2011. The congregation easily sang along with both the verses and chorus. The song starts out slow in a  meditative way but then builds to a strong bridge and then ends again in a meditative way.

Scripture references include 1 Corinthians 13:12; Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11,  and 1 Peter 2:6

All to Us

Verse 1
Precious cornerstone, sure foundation
You are faithful to the end
We are waiting, on You, Jesus
We believe You’re all to us

Chorus
Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives
We believe You’re all to us

Verse 2
Only Son of God sent from Heaven
Hope and mercy at the cross
You are everything, You’re the Promise
Jesus, You are all to us

Bridge
You’re all to us
You’re all to us
You’re all to us
Yes, You are

Verse 3
When this passing world is over
We will see You face to face
And forever we will worship
Jesus, You are all to us

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Scott Martz


Glorious Day by Casting Crowns

Here is strong song by Casting Crowns called Glorious Day and also known as Living He Loved Me. This song comes from the “Until the Whole World Hears” cd that came out in 2009.

Glorious Day

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Thy lyrics are strong because they are “christocentric” or Christ-centered. They focus on who Jesus is and what He did to save us from our sins. Justification, redemption, resurrection, and ascension are all mentioned. These lyrics read like a Creed and lead us to the Glorious Day of His Second Return.

This would be a great song for Easter.

Pastor Scott

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What is the Reason for This Strong Worship Song Blog

Hi,  my name is Scott Martz and I have been a parish pastor for the last seventeen years. I am a member of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) which is a confessional and conservative Lutheran church body headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. In our circles there is a lot of criticism and skepticism over songs in the genre of Christian Contemporary. Often songs in this genre are labeled shallow and lacking in substance compared to the ancient hymns of the Christian Church which have outlived their original composers by hundreds of years. The purpose of this blog is to provide readers (many of whom will be worship leaders and pastors) a list of Christian Contemporary songs or  “current” songs that I personally find particularly strong in content, teaching, and substance.  My list is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is my own. There are, of course, hundreds of general praise songs that are lighter in content but still acceptable and praise worthy in Christian Worship. The general praise songs, however will not be a part of my blog. Featured songs will be songs the have exceptionally strong lyrics that can be used in contemporary or blended Christian worship without hesitation as far as content is concerned.

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott