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

Phillips Craig and Dean

Revelation Song by Jennie Lee Riddle

This week’s strong worship song is Revelation Song by Jennie Lee Riddle and made popular first by the Gateway Worship Band in Fort Worth, TX. In 2009 Revelation Song became the lead single by the contemporary Christian group Phillips, Craig, and Dean. It was the longest running #1 song in any format on Christian Radio in 2009.

Revelation Song is an appropriate title since the majority of the  lyrics are taken directly from Revelation 4 and 5. This is also the reason I consider it a strong worship song. In those chapters God gives us a glimpse of His throne in Heaven surrounded by a sea of glass upon which the angels are gathered to worship. Flashes of lightening and rolls of thunder are coming from the throne. Jesus appears and the angels sing their song.  Jesus, the Lamb of God who was slain, is worthy to be praised. The song writer correctly personalizes the song.  Jesus is worthy to be praised by us since He was slain for us and is our everything.  This song does a good job in depicting the mystery of God’s immanence (how He is intimately joined to all of creation) and His transcendence (how He is above and beyond all creation).

Revelation Song

Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder
At the mention of your name
Jesus your name is power
Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah…

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

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How Deep The Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend

British song and hymn writer Stuart Townend is one of my favorite current artists. How Deep The Father’s Love for Us, which was written already back in 1995, has a beautiful and rich text. It is hard to find a hymn, whether current or ancient, that has a deeper text than this. It is a great song for Lent since it focuses on Jesus’ sacrifice & wounds, God the Father’s deep love for us to forsake His Son, the punishment for our sin, the ransom for sin, repentance, and Jesus’ death & resurrection.

We introduced this hymn at Lamb of God Lutheran in 2009.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr’s, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Phillips, Craig and Dean also have an arrangement of How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.

 

Scripture references for this song include John 3:16John 19:301 Corinthians 1:31Isaiah 53:4-5, and Romans 5:8

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott