Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Songs We’re Singing Sunday

Songs for May 29, 2011:

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing    
Words: Charles Wesley, 1734; Music: Carl G. Glaser
What amazing words. I love this hymn. I was reading a little about its history here. I want that heart of worship in me – the kind that says along with Peter Böhler, “Had I a thousand tongues I would praise Him with them all!” What a deep longing - an almost unutterable - unsingable longing to honor and bless our great God. 

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us  
Words and Music by Stuart Townend, 1995
I love songs that acknowledge who we are without God’s amazing grace. In this song we call ourselves wretches, that it was our sin that was on His shoulders, holding Him to the cross and that we too were calling out with those who scoffed and ridiculed Him. Amazing. O how I need to remember this daily, hourly... When I am ready to boast and feed my pride, what a blessing to return to the cross and hear my voice among the scoffers. Thank you God for Your rescuing love that saves us from the Your deserved wrath.

I Stand Amazed     
Written by: Charles H Gabriel, 1905
This song is an excellence response to the truths we acknowledged in the last song. “How marvelous! How wonderful! Is my Savior’s love for me!.” I love how hymns so often have a last verse that talks about death and heaven. Here we sing, “When with the ransomed in glory His face I at last shall see, ’Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me." When we sing verses like that, I think how awesome it would be for God just to take us all to glory so we can continue singing in His presence.

All I Have is Christ     
by Jordan Kauflin, 2008
We sang this song together for the first time a month or so ago. LOVE it. Again, we are remembering where we’ve come from: running – not walking, tiptoeing or being pushed along with hesitant hearts – running a hell-bound race. But Christ looked upon our helpless state and bore the wrath and now all we know is grace. We have NOTHING but Him and HALLELUJAH for that! “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.” Psalm 73:25  Watch here to see us singing along with Bob Kauflin and Enfield at Resolved, 2010.

It is Well With My Soul   
Words: Horatio Spafford, Music by Philip Bliss
Wade asked that we sing this song this week. It is wonderful. If you don’t know its history, read about it here. “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul!”

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I look forward to signing with you Sunday!

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