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

Jesus the King

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

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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!


What a Savior – Laura Story

Today’s strong worship song is What a Savior by Laura Story which came out in 2009. The lyrics are very strong and incorporate all of the elements that I look for in a strong contemporary song. It is a song of praise to Jesus, our hero who by his mercy saved us from the depravity of our sin through His atoning sacrifice. He, the Beginning and the End (God) took our sin and shame on his shoulders!  Hallelujah, what a Savior. I also appreciate Laura Story’s God-given faith shining through her songs.

Scriptural references include Psalm 43:4, 1 John 2:2, John 14:6, Psalms 23, John 10, Revelation 22:13, Revelation 21:6, Philippians 2:9, and  John 15:15

What a Savior

Atoning Sacrifice
Keeper of this life
Hallelujah You are savior
Beginning and the end
Forgiver of my sin
By Your mercy You have saved us

Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a savior

Jesus You are higher
My soul’s deepest desire
Hallelujah what a savior

You are the shepherd king
You lead us by still waters
Hallelujah You are savior

You are my only hope
Your kindness is my friend
In Your presence You restore us

You are the way the truth and the life
You are my joy and salvation
Stood in my place taking my shame
Upon your shoulder

Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a savior

Jesus You are higher
My soul’s deepest desire
Hallelujah what a savior


Emmanuel by Chris Tomlin

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Chris Tomlin’s Emmanuel which came out in 2009. It has an alternate name Hallowed Manger Ground.  The lyrics are strong for both Advent and Christmas. The lyrics not only celebrate Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ name Emmanuel, but also take us to the cross where Jesus bled and died for us. The King of Kings incarnate willing to live and die for us is worthy of our praise.

Scripture references include Isaiah 7:14,  John 19:2, Luke 2:6-7, Matthew 2:9-11, and Matthew 1:23.

Emmanuel

What hope we hold this starlit night
A King is born in Bethlehem
Our journey long, we seek the light
That leads to the hallowed manger ground

What fear we felt in the silent age
Four hundred years can He be found
But broken by a baby’s cry
Rejoice in the hallowed manger ground

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God incarnate here to dwell
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel

The son of God, here, born to bleed
A crown of thorns would pierce His brow
And we beheld this offering
Exalted now the King of kings
Praise God for the hallowed manger ground

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God incarnate here to dwell
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel
Praise His name Emmanuel

Oh, praise His name Emmanuel


When the Stars Burn Down

Today’s strong worship song is When the Stars Burn Down by Jonathan Lee and Jennie Lee Riddle. This song is also one of the featured songs in Rebecca St. James’ new album “I Will Praise You.” 

This song reminds us this fallen world is wearing out, winding down, and coming to an end.  As the lyrics say “the world will fall.” Our resurrected Lord will return to resurrect all the dead. He will judge the world and then lead the resurrected saints into the resurrected universe, the Kingdom of God that He has prepared for us. On that day all sorrow, tears, and pain will forever be gone as we live in the full presence of our Savior God, as God intended from the beginning.

Scripture references include Revelation 22:16, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 6;14, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 5:13, and Matthew 24:30-31

When the Stars Burn Down 

When the stars burn down and the earth wears out
And we stand before the throne
And the witnesses who have gone before
We will rise and all applaud
Singing blessing and honor, glory and power, forever to our God

When the hands of time wind fully down
And the earth is rolled up like a scroll
The trumpets will call and the world will fall
To its knees as we all go home
Singing blessing and honor, glory and power, forever to our God

Chorus

Star of the morning, light of salvation, majesty
God of all mysteries
Lord of the universe
Sovereign king

There will come a day, standing face to face
In a moment we will be like Him
He will wipe our eyes dry
Take us up to His side
And forever we will be His
Singing blessing and honor, glory and power, forever to our God

 


Love Has Come by Mark Schultz

Today’s strong worship song is Mark Schultz’ Love Has Come.

The song is a great combination of adoration, thankfulness, and proclamation. I especially like the personal nature of this song in thanking Jesus for the cross. The only weaknesses I see are ones of clarity. According to Scripture every knee will bow and every tongue confess that “Jesus is LORD” (Philippians 2:11). Mark is combining different Biblical truths into one statement (God is love, Jesus is God, Jesus is returning, every knee will bow). A second thing to clarify is that those who reject Christ are not going to have their hearts set free. Their rejection of God’s love will result in heart ache and shock, not praise. The lyrics can be correctly understood, however from every believers perspective. Every believer will have their heart set free and will be filled with complete adoration for Jesus on that Great Day. Every believer who has had a loved one in Christ die young will be overwhelmed with joy in seeing that loved one again.

Scripture references include Philippians 2:11, Romans 14:11, John 3:16, Matthew 25, Isaiah 25:8, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 21:4, 1 John 4:16, 1 John 4:8, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Love Has Come 

I know this life is filled with sorrow
And there are days when the pain just lasts and lasts
But I know there will come a day
When all my tears are washed away
With a break in the clouds
His glory coming down
And in that moment

Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
That God is love and love has come for us all
Every heart set free, everyone will see
That God is love and love has come for us all

To anybody who has ever lost a loved one
And you feel like you had to let go too soon
I know it hurts to say goodbye
But don’t you know it’s just a matter of time
‘Til the tears are gonna end
You’ll see ’em once again
And in that moment

Oh, and on that day
We will stand amazed
At our Savior, God and King!
Just to see the face
Of amazing grace
As our hearts rise up and sing

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Thank You for the cross!
Singing glory, glory, hallelujah!
Christ has paid the cost!


Day After Day by Kristian Stanfill

This week’s strong worship song is Day After Day by Kristian Stanfill from the album Mountains Move which came out in 2010.  The lyrics are strong and the style of this song is very suited for worship and congregation participation. Scripture references include Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10, Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 2, Psalm 71:22, 1 Corinthians 1:9, Hebrews 3:6, John 19:11, and Psalm 62:5-7.

Men will try to rule the world You made
But we know power is Your’s alone to give and take
A day will come when every knee will bow
And every tongue confess that You are Lord both now and forever

Day after day our God is reigning
He’s never shaken
My hope is in the Lord
Time after time our God is faithful
Trustworthy Savior
My hope is in the Lord

The fear of man and what they plan will fade
When we know you alone are God of everyday
Like the flowers man will rise and fall
But you are everlasting, never-ending, God eternal

Let the songs of adoration rise
Our god is reigning up on high
He’s worthy to receive the praise and the glory
Oh the glory

Kristian Stanfill is interviewed on New Song Cafe.


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