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

Jesse Reeves

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

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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