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

Christ’s humility

Alive by Natalie Grant

Today’s strong worship song is Alive by Natalie Grant which was recently released on the WOW 2012 album. This is a great post-Easter song and very strong Biblically and musically. The lyrics paint Jesus as our Creator, Hero and Savior. The backdrop behind the lyrics is Jesus’ resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-1. I also like the powerful word pictures in the lyrics like “Mercy’s pen”, “breathing in our dust”, “a crown that bleeds and scars”, “death has lost and love has won”, etc.

Alive

Who but You
Could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies
And dream of me?
What kind of Love
Is writing my story until the end
With Mercy’s pen?
Only You
What kind of king
Would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars
To win my heart?
What kind of Love
Tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay
Inside the grave?
You. Is it You?
Standing here before my eyes
Every part of my heart cries

(Chorus)
Alive! Alive!
Look what Mercy’s overcome
Death has lost and Love has won
Alive! Alive! Hallelujah, Risen Lord
The only One I fall before
I am His because He is alive.

Who could speak
And send the demons back from where they came
With just one Name?
What other heart
Would let itself be broken every time until He healed mine?
You. Only You
Could turn my darkness into dawn
Running right into Your arms

Chorus

Emmanuel, the promised King
The baby who made angels sing
Son of Man who walked with us
Healing, breathing in our dust
The author of all history
The answer to all mysteries
The Lamb of God who rolled away
The stone in front of every grave

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome
Death has lost and Love has won
Alive! I am His because He is alive.
Alive!

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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!


Hero by Abandon

Today’s strong worship song is Hero by the group Abandon which appeared on their first album Searchlights back in 2009.

I like the song because it beautifully portraits Jesus as our Hero which He is. Part of what makes Jesus a great hero was His true humility that brought Him to the cross to pay for our sins. For many “humility” and “hero” are contradictory. When it comes to Jesus, however, they are complimentary. True humility makes a great hero into an even greater hero. There is no greater Hero than Jesus Christ. I also like the song because it emphasizes the fact that Jesus is the Savior of the world. His death paid for the sins of all people of all time.

We will be using this song in our Good Friday service at Lamb of God Lutheran in a few weeks. We will use is as a reflection song sung by a soloist.

Scripture references include Romans 10:11-13, Matthew 4:19-20, John 14:6, 1 John 4:14, John 6:17-19, Luke 8:24, Mark 8:22-24,Matthew 15:37-39, Romans 5:8, Matthew 28:5-6, John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10.

Abandon – Hero

He walked the dirty streets famous for nothing
He said, “Come follow me” and they came
A face like all the rest, but something was different
The Son of God would lead the way

And soon they all would say
There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He spoke with clarity, walked across the sea
A single word would calm the storm
His touch could heal the sick, but He was called a hypocrite
Laid behind the stone, his death was shortly mourned
He left the curtain torn

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He chose to take the cross, shed tears for the lost
The broken and the needy, forgiving those who were and will be
The angel made it clear, he told them, “Have no fear
He’s not here, He’s not here”

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free

The savior of the world
(The savior of the world)

The savior of the world
(The savior of the world)

The savior of the world


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


Aaron Shust – Sing of My Redeemer

Today’s strong worship song is Sing of My Redeemer by Aaron Shust which is the fifth song in his album This Is What We Believe released last month (August of 2011).  The song is a re-make of the hymn “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” by Philip Paul Bliss back in 1876. This hymn was the last hymn that Bliss wrote before dying in a train crash the same year.

Thy lyrics are very strong and Christocentric.  They focus on Christ and His work of redemption. Aaron Shust does a masterful and beautiful job in re-working this hymn with contemporary sounds.

Scripture references include Hebrews 12:2, Galatians 3:13, Psalm 107:2, Mark 10:45, Revelation 5:9, Isa 55:7, Psalm 50:9-10, Rev 17:14, I Cor 15:57, Rom 6:13),  Luke 23:43, Rev 5:12, Rev 7:14, Ephesians 1:1-7, Acts 4:20, Isaiah 63:15-17, Romans 5:8, and Titus 2:13-14.

Sing of My Redeemer
I will sing of my Redeemer
And His wondrous love for me
On the cruel cross He suffered
From the curse to set me free

I will tell the wondrous story
How my lost estate He saved
In His boundless love and mercy
He the ransom freely gave

I will sing
Sing of my Redeemer
With His blood
He has purchased me
On the Cross
Jesus sealed my pardon
He paid the debt and set me free

I will praise my dear Redeemer
His triumphant power I’ll tell
Of the victory He gives us
Over sin and death and hell

I will sing of my Redeemer
His Relentless love for me
He from death to life has brought us
Son of God with Him to be

We will praise the Lamb for sinners slain
For His blood can wash away our stain
Singing glory, glory to His name
For His blood can wash away…


Your Great Name by Natalie Grant

This week’s strong worship song is Natalie Grant’s Your Great Name from the album Love Revolution which came out in 2008. The words and music were written by Krissy Nordhoff and Michael Neale. The song is beautiful, phenomenal, and strong.  The song begins as a ballad, builds to a crescendo, and then ends as a ballad. It is christocentric 0r Christ-centered from start to finish. Scripture references for this song include Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13, Philippians 2:9, and Revelation 5:12.

Your Great Name

Lost are saved
Find their way
At the sound of Your great name
All condemned; feel no shame,
At the sound of Your great name
Every fear; has no place
At the sound of Your great name
The enemy; he has to leave;
At the sound of Your great name

(Chorus)
Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us
Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up;
That all the world will praise Your great name

All the weak, find their strength
At the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace
At the sound of Your great name
The fatherless, they find their rest
At the sound of Your great name
Sick are healed, and the dead are raised
At the sound of Your great name

(Chorus)

Redeemer, My Healer, Lord Almighty
My Savior, Defender,
You are my King

Redeemer, My Healer, Lord Almighty
My Savior, Defender,
You are my King

Jesus, the name of Jesus
You are high and lifted up
And all the world will praise Your great name

 


Search My Heart by Hillsong United

This week’s strong worship song is Search My Heart by Hillsong United and music and lyrics by Matt Crocker and Joel Houston. This song is featured on the album Aftermath which came out in 2010.  Search My Heart was written for worship and is in essence a call to worship. The lyrics are both simple and strong. This song correctly states the depravity and dependency of man – we are nothing without Christ. Since Christ intervened and took our sin and shame at the cross, however and since we have been restored in Him, we can offer Him our hearts and lives in worship. It pleases God when we worship Him whole-heartedly. The converse is also true. God is not pleased if we offer mere lip service but our hearts are miles away from Him. Like so many of the Psalms, this song helps safeguard us from mere lip service by focusing on Christ and actively asking God to examine our hearts as we come to worship Him.

Scripture references include Psalm 139:23, Psalm 26:2, Matthew 4:19, and Deuteronomy 30:1-3, Matthew 15:8-9, and Romans 12:1.

Search My Heart

Search my heart and search my soul.
There’s nothing else that I want more.
Shine Your light and show Your face.
In my life Lord have Your way.
Hear my cry and hear my prayer.
Draw me close I know You’re near.
Give me strength and give me grace.
To walk with You Lord all my days.
So with all my heart and all my soul.
With all I am. Lord I will follow You.
You took the cross.
You took my shame.
Restored my life.
Now I live to worship You.

And with all my heart and all my soul.
With all I am.
Lord I will follow You.
You took the cross.
You took my shame.
Restored my life.
Lord I live to worship you.

Search my heart and search my soul.
There’s nothing else that I want more.
Oh, without You I am nothing.
Search my heart and search my soul.