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

Casting Crowns

Jesus Friend of Sinners by Mark Hall and Matthew West of Casting Crowns

Today’s strong worship song is Jesus Friend of Sinners by Mark Hall and Matthew West of Casting Crowns. This song was released in 2011 on their Come to the Well album. The strong words of the song point to our sin of hypocritically judging others. The song writers use the first person to admit that they themselves have done this, which I think is part of the strength of the song. The song calls us to repentance and points us as well to Jesus the friend of sinners. Another strength of the song are the many Biblical references of Jesus extending grace to sinners.

Scriptural references include Matthew 11:19, Luke 7?34, John 8:1-12, Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:41-42, Luke 18:9-14, Luke 5:12-16, Luke 5:27-31, Luke 17:11-17, Luke 17:12-19.

“Jesus, Friend Of Sinners”

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away

We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah…

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah…
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

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Glorious Day by Casting Crowns

My strong worship song this week is Glorious Day by Casting Crowns. This song has some alternate titles including “Oh Glorious Day“, “Living He Loved Me” and “One Day.”  This song by Casting Crowns reads like a creed, has verses like a hymn, but is very much a current song. Like all the other songs I have posted, Glorious Day is Christocentric or Christ-centered. It covers the life of Christ and could be used throughout the church year. It is especially fitting for Easter. We will be singing it at our Festival Service this Easter Sunday at Lamb of God Lutheran.

Scripture references to this song include: Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Timothy 3:16, Mark 14:32-46, Matthew 28:7, Habakkuk 3:3, Acts 1:11, Hebrews 9:28, Luke 22:39-49, 1 John 3:2, Matthew 26:36-50, Romans 5:1, and Romans 4:25.


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

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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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