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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Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Whom Shall I Fear also known as God Of Angel Armies by Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash. This song was written as the album Burning Lights was being produced and wasn’t part of the original selection for the album. Chris Tomlin felt so strongly about this song that the album was delayed until the song could be added.  It was well worth the wait.

I like the lyrics of this song because they read like many of the Psalms and vividly remind us of the strength and power of our Savior God in the midst of the battles and challenges of life. National tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting remind us of the deadly forces of evil in this world which seem to be growing stronger each day. As we begin a new year of uncertainty in an evil world every believer needs reminders of God’s power, protection, and promises. This song delivers them.

There is no direct mention of Jesus name in the song. Jesus however is the Light that shines in the darkness, the faithful One, the One for whom angels sing and defend, the One who forever reigns, our friend who defends us, the One who is with us always, our Deliverer, and the only who can save us.

Scripture references include Psalm 50:15, Psalm 2,  Psalm 18:2, Psalm 27, Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 140:7, Psalm 144:2, Psalm 110, 2 King 6:8-23, Psalm 143, Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 148, Deuteronomy 31:8, Luke 1:33, Matthew 2:21-23, Luke 20:43, John 1:9, Acts 2:35, Hebrews 1:13, Ephesians 6:10-18, and Colossians 1:17.

God of Angel Armies

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear

Verse 2:
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield
Though trouble lingers still
Whom shall I fear

Chorus:
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

Verse 3:
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Chorus:
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear

Bridge:
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful

Chorus:
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

Chorus:
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
Outro:
The God of angel armies is always by my side

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Jesus, Son of God by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels

Today’s strong worship song is Jesus, Son of God by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels. The song just came out March 13, 2012 just in time for Easter! At Lamb of God Lutheran we will be singing it for our Easter Sunrise service or Easter Festival service. This song has all of the elements of a strong worship song. The lyrics are Christocentric (Christ-centered) and didactic, but also lead worshipers to strongly praise the Son of God. Jesus deserves our highest praise for His ultimate and perfect sacrifice to set us free from our sin.

Biblical references include John 6:38-41, Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58, Matthew 27:29, Mark 15:17, John 19: 2-5, 1 John 4:19, 1 John 4:10, John 1:29, and Hebrews 12:2, 1 John 5:12, 1 John 5:20, Mark 1:1, Matthew 26:63-64, Matthew 27:54, Luke 1:35, John 20:31, and Romans 1:4.

Jesus, Son of God

You came down from heavens throne
this earth you formed was not your home.
Love like this the world had never known.

A crown of thorns to mock your name
forgiveness fell upon your face.
Love like this the world had never known

On the altar of your praise let there be no higher name
Jesus Son of God
You laid down your perfect life.
You are the sacrifice Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

You took our sin You bore our shame
You rose to life You defeated the grave
Love like this the world had never known

You took our sin You bore our shame
You rose to life You defeated the grave
Love like this the world had never known

On the altar of your praise let there be no higher name
Jesus Son of God You laid down your perfect life
you are the sacrifice
Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

Be lifted higher than all you’ve overcome
Your name be louder than any other song
There is no power that can come against your love
The cross was enough the cross was enough!
The cross was enough the cross was enough!


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


Jesus My Redeemer by Chris Tomlin

Today’s strong worship song is Chris Tomlin’s Jesus My Redeemer which came out in 2010. Like many of Chris Tomlin’s songs the lyrics are very personal in nature. It is as if Jesus is sitting in the same room listening to his song.  This is also what makes this song work well in worship since worship is meant to be an exchange or dialogue between us and God.  Scripture references include Psalm 103:4, Isaiah 59:20, Ephesians 1:7, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Timothy 2:2.

Jesus My Redeemer

You traded riches to run to my rescue
Oh, my redeemer
You take the pieces and turn them to praises
Oh, my Redeemer
Oh, my Redeemer

Love I cannot deny
Sure as the morning light
Jesus, my Redeemer

You paid my ransom
You chose to suffer
Oh, my Redeemer
Oh, my Redeemer

Love I cannot deny
Sure as the morning light
Jesus, my Redeemer
Now I am not ashamed
To You be the highest praise
Jesus, my Redeemer
My Redeemer

No other one so glorious
You outshine the sun
No other love like Jesus
You outshine the sun


I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin

This week’s strong worship song is I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reeves and Matt Maher. This song holds a special place with me in that we sang it for the first time for the funeral of a member who died unexpectedly two years ago.  He died the Friday after Ash Wednesday. This song’s strong lyrics gave the family and our congregation tremendous comfort since they are based solidly on 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter of Scripture. We then sang it six weeks later at our Easter service that year. It is an overall good song for anytime, but especially for funerals, Easter, and post-Easter. I Will Rise is on Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love CD that came out in 2008.

Other Scriptural references include Revelation 21:4,Revelation 7:16-17, Revelation 5:11-12,1 Corinthians 15:55, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, and Philippians 4:11-12.

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise


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:


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