Friday, October 14, 2011

The Songs We're Singing Sunday

Songs for October 16, 2011:

Great is Thy Faithfulness    
Words: Thomas Chisholm, 1923. Music: William Runyan
As we begin walking through the book of Philippians with Pastor Wade, one thing I anticipate hearing about in chapter one is the faithfulness of God. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”(Philippians 1:6 ESV) God is faithful to us, even when we are faithless. What a blessing that He continues to work in us and sanctify us till the very end.

Blessed Assurance  
Words: Fanny Crosby, 1873. Music: Phoebe Knapp
When I sing this song, it always reminds me of my days at Biola. There was a particular time that I attended a Talbot chapel and we sang this hymn. Everyone sang so LOUD, it was almost deafening. And why shouldn’t it be sung with gusto?! Blessed assurance! Jesus is mine! How great it is that we can be sure of our salvation; that nothing and no one can remove us from His hand.

Jesus Shall Reign Where Ever The Sun
Words: Isaac Watts, 1719; Music: “Duke Street,” Refrain: Resolved Music
This is a great transition from the last song that ends with, “Watching and waiting, looking above.” The King is coming! Let’s not forget to watch and wait for His appearing. I especially love the refrain’s words that say, “Bless His name and praise the sovereign King!”

Before the Throne of God Above    
Original lyrics by Charitie Lees Bancroft; Music by Vikki Cook, 1997
This song is so, SO beautiful. Theologically... excellent.  It needs to speak for itself. Here is Shane and Shane’s version.

We are God’s People    
Words: Bryan Jeffery Leech, 1976. Music: Brahms, 1876.
Again, inspired by our introduction to Philippians, this is a great hymn that expresses the beauty of the visible church. It is amazing to me to think that we are part of the same body of believers that Paul and the church at Philippi were members of. And one day, we will all be together, with our King! Amen!

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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