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

Matt Maher

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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All The People Said Amen by Matt Maher

Today’s Strong Worship Song is All the People Said Amen by Matt Maher from the album of the same title.  I have listened to Matt Maher for many years. His lyrics show that he has a love for both God’s people and God’s word. In addition, his strong lyrics are played in an acoustical style that is enjoyable and fun to sing.  In this song Matt covers the total depravity of man, the commonality of sin, the forgiveness and mercy of God to save sinners, the community of the church, and God’s love.

Scriptural references include Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 118:6, Luke 12:32, John 14:27, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 136:1, Proverbs 22:2, John 3:16, and Matthew 5:3.

 

All the People Said Amen

You are not alone if you are lonely
When you feel afraid, you’re not the only
We are all the same, in need of mercy
To be forgiven and be free
It’s all you got to lean on but thank God it’s all you need

And all the people said Amen
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
At the top of your lungs sing it with me again
And all the people said Amen

Rich or poor it doesn’t matter
Weak or strong, you know love is what we’re after
We’re all broken but we’re all in this together
God knows we stumble and fall
And He so loved the world He sent His son to save us all

Blessed are the poor in Spirit who are torn apart
Blessed are the persecuted and the pure in heart
Blessed are the people hungry for another start
For theirs is the kingdom, the kingdom of God


Silent Night (Emmanuel)

Today’s strong worship song is Matt Maher’s Silent Night (Emmanuel). Silent Night is obviously not a new song. It was written about 200 years ago, and has become the most popular Christmas song ever. Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel is also not new. It was written about 800 years ago! Matt Maher brilliantly combines these two traditional  Christmas hymns into a fresh song. He somehow preserves the original  tunes, as he subtly connects them. Matt also adds his own rich words to the bridge.  I love this song!  Be sure to not only listen to the song on the first YouTube link, but also to Matt Maher’s explanation of the song. Enjoy.

Silent Night (Emmanuel)

VERSE 1:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and Child
Holy Infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

VERSE 2:
Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

BRIDGE:
O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive hearts that fell
Bring peace on Earth and love’s goodwill
To everyone
For You so loved the world You gave
Your life for us to heal and save
We see the echoes of Your grace
To everyone

VERSE 3:
Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth


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


Christ is Risen by Matt Maher

Christ is Risen by Matt Maher is a strong worship song for several reasons. First of all, the lyrics are Christocentric or Christ-centered. Because the lyrics are centered on Christ they lead us to His cross. The lyrics emphatically and beautifully state that Jesus bled for us. The lyrics also point to our sin and shame which are the reasons why Jesus had to suffer and die.

The lyrics also focus on an amazing theological fact. God in His wisdom chose to conquer death with death which was the basis of a sermon preached in the 3rd Century AD.  Please see the YouTube below.  The fact that Christ has risen from the dead, conquering death with death is reason for the church to come alive and sing praises to Jesus. In a sense this song is a call for the church to leave its apathy and come alive again in worship, praise, and adoration.

Christ is Risen is a great Easter song! We featured it at Lamb of God Lutheran one year ago shortly after it was released. Our entire festival service was built upon the theme “Come Alive!”

Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

Christ is Risen

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

Chorus:
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but Heaven’s will
No scheme of Hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

Chorus (Repeat)

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Sing it, o death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive

Chorus (Repeat)

Scripture references for this song include 1 Corinthians 15:55, 1 John 2:2, Romans 6:23, Mark 16, Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20.

Since Christ is Risen is currently a featured song on K-Love click here for a free download.  This offer expires 4/1/11.

I hope you enjoy and use this strong worship song.

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott


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