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

God’s grace

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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How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle

Today’s strong worship song is How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle.  Lauren is gifted with a beautiful and strong voice. The lyrics of How Can It Be are equally strong. Sin, shame, and guilt are clearly admitted and confessed to God. As our accuser and adversary Satan would have us to believe that there is no forgiveness for sinners and that we dare not lift our hands to worship God. God’s grace in Christ Jesus, however reaches us and reveals to us that we are forgiven. Redeemed hands are clean hands in God’s sight.  A forgiven sinner has every reason to lift up their hands and worship the Holy One.

Scriptural references include Psalm 78:41, Psalm 79:18, Hebrews 7:25, Psalm 107:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 16:33, John 10:15, 1 Corinthians 15:22, and 1 John 2:2.

How Can It Be 

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I’ve done
What I’ve become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up
To the Holy One

You plead my cause,
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be, Yeah
How can it be

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’d let you down
Inside I’d doubt
That You could love me
But in Your eyes
There’s only Grace now

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be, Yeah
How can it be, Oh

Though I fall
You can make me new
From this death
I will rise with You
Oh the Grace
Reaching out for me, Yeah
How can it be
How can it be

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
And You say that I am free, Oh

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
And You say that I am free
How can it be, Yeah
How can it be, Oh


Cornerstone by Hillsong United

Today’s strong worship song is Cornerstone by Hillsong United which came out in 2012. This song is a remake of the hymn My Hope is Built On Nothing Less written by Edward Mote in 1837. Hillsong does a good job in “contemporizing” the original hymn tune without losing its overall integrity. The lyrics are solid and focus on Christ, His person, His work, His righteousness, His love, and His return. Hillsong’s added refrain complements the original lyrics and further gives praise to Jesus. Cornerstone is also very singable for congregations.

Scriptural references include Psalm 118:21-23, Mark 12:10, Isaiah 4:6, Isaiah 25:4,  Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:41-43, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20, Mark 4:39, 1 Corinthians 15:52, and 1 Peter 2:6-7.

Cornerstone

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone
Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.


This Is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham

Today’s Strong Worship Song is This Is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham with help from Josh Farro and Jeremy Riddle. This song appears on the album The Ascension which was released in September 2013. This Is Amazing Grace meets all of my criteria of a strong worship song. Believers, who are God’s adopted children through faith in Christ are singing in response to God’s amazing grace to save.  In the lyrics Jesus emerges as the hero who alone rescues us by breaking us free from our sins and spiritual darkness. He did this by being our perfect substitute and bearing our cross which resulted in His death.  Jesus who is none other than the King of kings and King of glory has conquered death and is worthy of our songs of praise.

Scripture references include 2 Corinthians 6:18, Revelation 5:11-13, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16, Psalm 24:8-10, Psalm 36:5-7, Exodus 15:13, 1 John 2:2, and John 18:37.

This Amazing Grace

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of glory, the King above all Kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
Leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of glory, the King above all Kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus I sing for all that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of glory, the King of glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The king of glory, the King above all Kings

Worthy is the lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave


Your Grace Finds Me by Matt Redman

Today’s strong worship song is Your Grace Finds Me by Matt Redman that was recently released in an album of the same name. Even though it could be argued that the lyrics are not theologically deep, the topic of these lyrics, grace is deep, strong and profound. God’s kindness/favor/love which is undeserved by us has reached us and forever changed us in Christ Jesus. What God has already done for us in sending His son to die for our sins and rise back to life for us is sufficient to sustain us in any trial (2 Corinthians 12:9). The only reason this fallen world continues to spin is that it is currently in a time of grace. Without grace no one would exist. In  that sense Gods’ grace is found in every aspect of life. Since every believer is saved by grace and not by their individual works no one can boast.  Grace is the same for rich and poor alike (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I also like this song because it is typical Matt Redman, lyrical, acoustical, and worshipful.

Your Grace Finds Me

It’s there in the newborn cry
It’s there in the light of every sunrise
It’s there in the shadows of this light
Your great grace

It’s there on the mountaintop
It’s there in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace

Oh, such grace

From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

It’s there on a wedding day
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace

Same for the rich and poor
Same for the saint and for the sinner
Enough for this whole wide world
Your great grace

Oh, such grace

From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me

Your great grace
Oh, such grace
Your grate grace
Oh, such grace

So I’m breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be
Breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be
Breathing in Your grace
And I’m breathing out Your praise
Breathing in Your grace
For our God, for our God

Yes, Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me


Made Alive by Citizens

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Made Alive by Citizens which was released in March of 2013.  I like the song for multiple reasons one of which is that it has an 80’s style which is what I grew up with in high school and college. By far, though what makes Make Alive strong are the lyrics. Made Alive presents bold  truth without apology.  We were by nature objects of wrath, dead in sin, alone and hopeless. God reached us in His love and kindness and made us alive in Christ.  God’s love and grace are amazing. Strong contrasts are in the lyrics as well — light vs darkness, death vs life, wrath vs mercy, etc. Simply put, the lyrics acknowledge all that God has done to make us alive.

Scripture references include Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:11, Romans 5:19, Romans 3:20-21, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 8:12, John 9:5, and  John 3:19.

Made Alive

I once was dead in sin
Alone and hopeless.
A child of wrath I walked
Condemned in darkness.

But Your mercy brought new life
And in Your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ
And made me righteous.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By Your grace I’m saved)

Lord, You are the light,
That broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul,
When I am heartless.

If ever I forget
My true identity,
Show me who I am,
And help me to believe.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By Your grace I’m saved)

My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By your grace I’m saved)


My God by Jeremy Camp

Today’s strong worship song is “My God” by Jeremy Camp from his album Reckless, released in February 2013. The song rocks which is Jeremy’s style. The lyrics are also strong and emphasize God’s grace and power to reach us wounded sinners with the gospel. Our lives are forever changed by God’s unchanging love and victory over our sin. This song is  strongly personal as the title suggests. It is a personal tribute to the exclusive Creator and Savior God of mankind.

“My God”

All of who You are reaches the darkest parts
Lifting the weight and erasing the scars that had a hold on me
Here I am bearing all, tearing down every wall
So amazed by Your grace and the way You’re still holding me
Whoa whoa, whoa whoa

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God
You are my God

There is no other one, who’s given a greater love
Laying aside His own life on the cross
Reaching out to us
Whoa whoa, whoa whoa

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God
You are my God

When my hope starts fading out
You are where my strength is found
I know I won’t be alone

My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love
My God, You are a beautiful love

My God, You are the unchanging love
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The great Creator, beautiful Savior
I’ve been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
There is victory
You are my God
You are my God
You are my God
You are my God