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

Epiphany

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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The Way by Jeremy Camp

My choice for a strong worship song this week is Jeremy Camp’s The Way from the album We Cry Out: The Worship Project which was released in 2010. Jeremy’s brother-in-law from South Africa originally had the idea for the song. It is a song that emphasizes that Jesus is the world’s Savior – “He bled for all mankind to set the captives free.”  It is also a song that calls people to walk in the light of Christ. Scriptural references include John 14:6, Romans 8:22, John 8:12, Isaiah 9:2, 1 John 2:2,  John 12:35, John 1:5, John 1:7, and Revelation 21:24.

Enjoy the lyrics!

The Way

All creation cries out with longing

With groans only You could comprehend
And with wisdom, You always answer
And give the words of life
So unfailing

And Your glory shines all around us
Your faithfulness shown for all to see
When we think of all of Your wonders
The beauty of Your plan that’s been revealed
We walk in Your light
When we walk in it

(Chorus)
Shine, bright
Let Your glory fill this land
Lift high,
The King of Kings and great I AM
Jesus, You are the way

We can see the works of Your loving hands
With the hope and peace not made by man
When You poured out Your grace and Your mercy
And You held out Your arms
So we can see
And bled for all mankind
Set the captives free

Chorus

Jesus You are the way

Chorus

Jesus You are the way

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KL76DPNX

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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

ILike link to Glorious Day


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: