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

Easter

Because He Lives by Matt Maher

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Because He Lives by Matt Maher which was released as part of his Saints and Sinners album which was recently released.  The lyrics are creedal in nature in that they state what the author believes. The lyrics focus on Jesus, His redemption, His resurrection, and our identity in Him. Matt accurately depicts the depravity of man. We were all spiritually dead in our sin and shame before God brought us to spiritual life through the gospel. I love this song and it will be one we feature at our Easter service this year.

Scriptural references include Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:11, Colossians 2:13, Hebrews 2:14, Acts 20:28, Romans 3:25, Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:12, 1 Corinthians 15, and 1 John 1:7.

 

“Because He Lives (Amen)”

I believe in the Son
I believe in the risen One
I believe I overcome
By the power of His blood

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives

I was dead in the grave
I was covered in sin and shame
I heard mercy call my name
He rolled the stone away

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone
I know He holds my life my future in His hands

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives
Because He lives

 

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We Believe by the Newsboys

Today’s Strong Worship Son is We Believe by the Newsboys. The Newsboys have been around for a long time in the CCM world and have always been a favorite of mine. They were the first to make the song  In Christ Alone popular back in 2003. We Believe hits the mark on what strong worship songs are all about.  The lyrics are a creed as the title suggests and give a clear testimony to the Trinity, the crucifixion, the resurrection, Christ’s Return, and the gift of spiritual rebirth. Scriptural references include Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 15, Matthew 16;18, Matthew 25:57, and Mark 15:28,

 

We Believe 

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will save
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe


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

 

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


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!


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


Overcome by Jeremy Camp (words and music by Jon Egan)

Today’s strong worship song is Overcome sung by Jeremy Camp with words and music by Jon Egan. This song has alternate titles including We Will Overcome, Savior, Worthy of Honor and Glory, and Seated Above.

Jon Egan wrote this song  in 2007 in response to a horrible incident at his Colorado church in which a mad gunman shot six innocent church goers killing two of them in their church parking lot.  Jeremy Camp, a personal friend of Jon, featured this song on his Worship Project album that came out August of 2010. The lyrics are very strong on several levels. First and foremost they are Christocentric or Christ-centered. They emphasize the amazing fact that the God’s perfect, sinless son suffered and died to pay for the sins of all mankind. Not only did Jesus suffer and die, but He overcame death on the  third day and now lives in full majesty and authority.

We are called to give testimony to His name and with that will come trouble at times.  Jesus put it this way “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The song lyrics which are based on this verse encourage us to take heart and to overcome whatever trouble through Christ. I am amazed at how many great worship songs have come out of tragedy.

Scripture references include: John 16:33, Colossians 3:1, Luke 22:20, 1 Peter 2:21, Matthew 26:28, Ephesians 1:20, Revelation 12:11, 1 Corinthians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 1:10, 3 John 1:12, Luke 10:19, 1 John 2:14, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5, and Revelation 2:7.

Overcome

Seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God’s only son perfect and spotless one
He never sinned, but suffered as if He did

All authority, every victory is Yours
All authority, every victory is Yours

CHORUS:
Savior, worthy of honor and glory, worthy of all our praise, You overcame

Jesus, awesome in power forever, awesome and great is Your name, You overcame

Power in hand speaking the Father’s plan
You’re sending us out, light in this broken land

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome

CHORUS:

Savior, worthy of honor and glory, worthy of all our praise, You overcame

Jesus, awesome in power forever, awesome and great is Your name, You overcame