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

Emmanuel by Chris Tomlin

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Chris Tomlin’s Emmanuel which came out in 2009. It has an alternate name Hallowed Manger Ground.  The lyrics are strong for both Advent and Christmas. The lyrics not only celebrate Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ name Emmanuel, but also take us to the cross where Jesus bled and died for us. The King of Kings incarnate willing to live and die for us is worthy of our praise.

Scripture references include Isaiah 7:14,  John 19:2, Luke 2:6-7, Matthew 2:9-11, and Matthew 1:23.

Emmanuel

What hope we hold this starlit night
A King is born in Bethlehem
Our journey long, we seek the light
That leads to the hallowed manger ground

What fear we felt in the silent age
Four hundred years can He be found
But broken by a baby’s cry
Rejoice in the hallowed manger ground

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God incarnate here to dwell
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel

The son of God, here, born to bleed
A crown of thorns would pierce His brow
And we beheld this offering
Exalted now the King of kings
Praise God for the hallowed manger ground

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God incarnate here to dwell
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel

Oh, praise His name Emmanuel

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One response

  1. This is great because it makes reference to the 400 years of silence that occurred between the last prophecies of Malachi and the birth of Jesus and what the impact was on God’s people. We don’t often find these deeper observations of scripture in contemporary music and Tomlin does such a wonderful job of integrating it into the song. We sang this piece last year on Christmas Eve in our church and this year we will be singing it during Advent. Thanks for sharing.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

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