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

Promises of God

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

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Promises by Sanctus Real

Today’s strong worship song is the new song Promises by the group Sanctus Real. It is so new that it hasn’t been released yet. The official release date is October 9, 2012. The writers of this song are Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, Mark Graalman and Pete Provost. I like this song because it is both real life and real comfort for those living in real life. In this broken world real life means facing unexpected trouble.  In the midst of trouble we may not know what to pray or where to go. The lyrics point us in the right direction, to the Word of God and to the promises of God.

The sound quality on the YouTube video is not the greatest. I will update this post when clearer ones are available.

Scripture references include Romans 10:17, John 17:17, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 3:3, Hebrews 11:1, Romans 8:38-39, and Psalm 145:13.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep believing In what you can’t see
That everything happens for a reason
Even the worst life brings
If you’re reaching for an answer
And you don’t know what to pray
Just open up the pages Let His word be your strength
And hold on to the promises (Hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (Alright)
Jesus is alive so hold tight Hold on to the promises
All things work for the good Of those who love God
He holds back nothing that will heal you
Not even His own Son
His love is everlasting
His faithfulness unending
Oh, if God is for us who can be against us
So if you feel weak Neither life, nor death
Could separate us From the eternal love
Of our God who saves us