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

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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

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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


Hallelujah by Tenth Avenue North

Today’s strong worship song is “Hallelujah” by Tenth Avenue North. This song appeared on their Over and Underneath album. I would categorize “Hallelujah” as a praise song. The lyrics are neither  too repetitive nor shallow.  Man’s depravity and sin are acknowledged. Jesus emerges as the hero and is credited fully for our salvation. What also makes “Hallelujah” special is its use of expressions and pictures from the psalms like hiding in the shadow of God’s wings, God’s voice like thunder, and seeking God’s face.

Scripture references include Isaiah 53, Psalm 24, Psalm 27, Psalm 80, Psalm 17, Psalm 36, Psalm 57, Psalm 63,Matthew 12:20, Revelation 5:12, and Revelation 13:8.

 

“Hallelujah”

At first I am afraid but not because of fear
But the Holy of Holies is drawing me near
Your voice like thunder shakes the ground I’m onSo hide my face in the shadow of Your wings, oh Lord
Hide my sin from the beauty here before Your throne
Your throne

Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain
Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb that was slain
And so we enter in to see Your face, yeah
We enter in to see Your face, oh God

Well I’m falling to my knees. I feel the earth beneath
With the weight of my sin, and this crushing unbelief
Could You really love me with all that I’ve done, oh Lord

You spread Your hands
And made a refuge for the weak and blessed
The weary, bruised, and broken
Took our sin. Inside Your wounds we hide away
Inside Your wounds we hide

 

 

 


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


The Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

Today’s Strong Worship Song is The Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United. This song is solidly based on numerous portions of Scripture including Ephesians 2:8-9, Isaiah 53:7, 1 Peter 2:22, Revelation 1:5, John 15:13,1 Corinthians 1:23, John 3:16, Romans 9:23, Philippians 3:7-11, Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Psalm 19:6, Ephesians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 15:54-56, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, and  2 Corinthians 5:15.

Some may be taken back by the title, The Scandal of Grace. There is Biblical grounds for this, however. The crucifixion of Christ, the ultimate example of grace, is referred to by Paul as a “stumbling block” to those who refuse to believe (1 Corinthians 1:23). The Greek word for “stumbling block” is skandolon” which is the word from which “scandal” is derived. Most often we associate scandals with man’s willful sins. The scandal of God’s grace, however is Jesus becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. The lyrics accurately show the depravity of man. They also clearly paint Christ as the hero for lost mankind which is what the gospel is all about.  I choose to post this song at this time partially because it was just released but also because it is a good song for the season of Lent.

The Scandal of Grace

Verse 1:
Grace what have you done?
Murdered for me on that cross
Accused in absence of wrong
My sin washed away in your blood
Too much to make sense of it all
I know that your love breaks my fall
A Scandal of grace you died in my place, for my soul will live

Chorus:
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus there’s no one beside you
Forever the hope in my heart
Verse 2:
Death where is your sting
Your power is as dead as my sin
The cross has taught me to live
And mercy my heart not to sin
The day and its troubles shall come
I know that your strength is enough
A Scandal of grace you died in my place, for my soul will live

Bridge:
And it’s all because of you Jesus
It’s all because of you Jesus
It’s all because of your love that my soul will live
 

 


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