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

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Hallelujah by Tenth Avenue North

Today’s strong worship song is “Hallelujah” by Tenth Avenue North. This song appeared on their Over and Underneath album. I would categorize “Hallelujah” as a praise song. The lyrics are neither  too repetitive nor shallow.  Man’s depravity and sin are acknowledged. Jesus emerges as the hero and is credited fully for our salvation. What also makes “Hallelujah” special is its use of expressions and pictures from the psalms like hiding in the shadow of God’s wings, God’s voice like thunder, and seeking God’s face.

Scripture references include Isaiah 53, Psalm 24, Psalm 27, Psalm 80, Psalm 17, Psalm 36, Psalm 57, Psalm 63,Matthew 12:20, Revelation 5:12, and Revelation 13:8.

 

“Hallelujah”

At first I am afraid but not because of fear
But the Holy of Holies is drawing me near
Your voice like thunder shakes the ground I’m onSo hide my face in the shadow of Your wings, oh Lord
Hide my sin from the beauty here before Your throne
Your throne

Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain
Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain
And so we enter in to see Your face, yeah
We enter in to see Your face, oh God

Well I’m falling to my knees. I feel the earth beneath
With the weight of my sin, and this crushing unbelief
Could You really love me with all that I’ve done, oh Lord

You spread Your hands
And made a refuge for the weak and blessed
The weary, bruised, and broken
Took our sin. Inside Your wounds we hide away
Inside Your wounds we hide

 

 

 

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Cornerstone by Hillsong United

Today’s strong worship song is Cornerstone by Hillsong United which came out in 2012. This song is a remake of the hymn My Hope is Built On Nothing Less written by Edward Mote in 1837. Hillsong does a good job in “contemporizing” the original hymn tune without losing its overall integrity. The lyrics are solid and focus on Christ, His person, His work, His righteousness, His love, and His return. Hillsong’s added refrain complements the original lyrics and further gives praise to Jesus. Cornerstone is also very singable for congregations.

Scriptural references include Psalm 118:21-23, Mark 12:10, Isaiah 4:6, Isaiah 25:4,  Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:41-43, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20, Mark 4:39, 1 Corinthians 15:52, and 1 Peter 2:6-7.

Cornerstone

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone
Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.


Man of Sorrows by Hillsong United

Today’s strong worship song is Man of Sorrows by Hillsong United which was released on their Glorious Ruins album in July of 2013. The lyrics and the title are based on Isaiah 53 where God through Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be “a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering.” This song reads and sings like a hymn. The lyrics accurately and powerfully connect Isaiah 53 to the passion accounts in the four Gospels where Jesus suffers and dies on the cross for the sins of the world. The lyrics focus on Christ and His work of atonement, redemption and reconciliation. He indeed reconciled the very ones who nailed him to the cross. He has done the same for us! The lyrics end with the empty tomb the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus. “Hallelujah God be praised. He’s risen from the grave.” Lyrics do not get much stronger than this.

Scripture references include Isaiah 53, John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:19, and John 8:36.

Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid
Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father’s will
He took a crown of thorns
Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Hallelujah
Praise and honour unto Thee

Sent of heaven God’s own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree

Now my debt is paid
It is paid in full
By the precious blood
That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin
Has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed

See the stone is rolled away
Behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah God be praised
He’s risen from the grave

 

My God by Jeremy Camp

Today’s strong worship song is “My God” by Jeremy Camp from his album Reckless, released in February 2013. The song rocks which is Jeremy’s style. The lyrics are also strong and emphasize God’s grace and power to reach us wounded sinners with the gospel. Our lives are forever changed by God’s unchanging love and victory over our sin. This song is  strongly personal as the title suggests. It is a personal tribute to the exclusive Creator and Savior God of mankind.

“My God”

All of who You are reaches the darkest parts
Lifting the weight and erasing the scars that had a hold on me
Here I am bearing all, tearing down every wall
So amazed by Your grace and the way You’re still holding me
Whoa whoa, whoa whoa

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God
You are my God

There is no other one, who’s given a greater love
Laying aside His own life on the cross
Reaching out to us
Whoa whoa, whoa whoa

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God
You are my God

When my hope starts fading out
You are where my strength is found
I know I won’t be alone

My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
There is victory
You are my God
You are my God
You are my God
You are my God

 


You Are My World by Joel Kanitz & Jonathan Favorite

Today’s strong worship song is You Are My World by Joel Kanitz & Jonathan Favorite as played by the CrossWalk band in Phoenix, AZ. The song is featured on their first ever album called Acoustics which can be purchased on iTunes. I personally know the song writers and absolutely love what they are doing. Please support them by downloading their album. The songs are all original songs and are written with strong lyrics in mind from the start. You are My World was written especially for CrossWalk‘s 5th Anniversary. It is a song of praise giving God full credit for all of the blessings they have as a relatively new congregation. They lyrics correctly proclaim God as the source of all good things. They lyrics also point to our depravity because of sin and the amazing love and grace of God to put our lives back together in Christ.

Bible references include 1 John 2:2, 2 Corinthians 4:7, 1 John 4:8, John 3:16, Psalm 31:10, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and Ephesians 2:8-9.

You are My World

Life has brought me down

I feel like I am lost and can’t be found
And when I’ve given up You’re still around
You pull me up

Take this broken clay
Restore it back to life to work today
Because of all Your goodness I will say
Your Name be praised

And in all of this You show

You are grace, You are love
You’re an everlasting Savior
I am weak but You are strong
And I will praise Your Name forever
Praise Your Name forever
You are my world
You are my world

How could I pretend
That any of my works could ever mend
A love for me so great You chose to send
Your only Son

Your love is full and free
And Jesus’ sacrifice has covered me
You’ve given me a life eternally
By grace alone

And in all of this I see

I am finally free
By what You’ve given for me
I’ll be with You for eternity
When I look to the cross I see

Words & Music by Joel Kanitz & Jonathan Favorite. © 2012 CrossWalk Lutheran Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.


10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

Today’s strong worship song is Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons. I like this song for several reasons. First and foremost the lyrics give glory to God for His great name and incredible love and faithfulness. Secondly it is hymn-like and very worshipful in nature.  Thirdly, we have had the opportunity to sing this song a few times now in worship and the congregation picked up the lyrics and melody right away. You can tell when people like a new song and this is one of them. Fourthly it is very personal in nature and is written from the perspective of the worshiper to God. It is a simple song, but it appeals to the redeemed to sing praises to the Redeemer. 

Scripture references include Exodus 34:6, Numbers 14:18, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 103:8,  Psalm 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2, Nahum 1:3, Psalm 103:1, and Psalm 30:4,

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Chorus

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Chorus

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

(Chorus x2)

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

 


Savior of the World by Ben Cantelon and sung by the Newsboys

Today’s strong worship song is Savior of the World by the Newsboys. This song was featured on the God’s Not Dead album that came out at the end of 2011. The song was written by Ben Cantelon in 2010. The Newsboys have been around a long time, have a familiar sound, and are loved by many. The lyrics are strong on several levels. The song is didactic in teaching the passion of Christ. It is gospel centered. Death has been defeated and Christ has overcome the darkness  for us. He is our Messiah and worthy of all praise.

Initially, I hesitated with this song because of one little word “a”. The songs says “For He made us a way.” Normally we think of Jesus words in John 14:6 in which He says “I am the way…no one comes to the Father except through me.” The word “the” is an important one in John 14:6 in that it is exclusive. Jesus is the only way not just one of many ways. It was pointed out to me, recently, however that in Isaiah 43:16 God says “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness…”  In others words, the lyrics are still Biblical in saying that Jesus provided us a way out of our sin and shame.

Scripture references include Isaiah 53:12, 1 Peter 2:24, John 19:30, 1 Corinthians 15 :54, 2 Timothy 1:10, John 3:16, Isaiah 43:16,

Savior of the Word

God so loved, that He gave His son
To lay down His life for the sake of us
He bore the weight of our sin and shame
With a cry He said, It is finished

Christ the Lord overcame the darkness
He’s alive: death has been defeated

For He made us a way
by which we have been saved
He’s the Savior of the world
So we lift up a shout for his fame and renown
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
Jesus, Savior of the world

We must spread the word of His soon return
To reclaim the world for His glory
Let the church now sing of this coming King
Crowned with majesty, our Redeemer

And He reigns, ruler of the heavens
And His name is Jesus, the Messiah

Christ the Lord overcame the darkness
He’s alive: death has been defeated
And He reigns, ruler of the heavens
And His name is Jesus, the Messiah