Today’s Worship Sunday song is called Set a Fire by Will Reagan. It is a simple song with only two repeated sections. I started singing this during my personal worship time, because it is a cry out to God for us to know Him more. There’s a Psalm that I like that seems to fit into the feel of this song:
“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for you,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My should clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.”
–Psalm 63:1-8, NASB
David writes that his body and soul are yearning and searching after God. The true heart of worship is to be this way. We don’t simply get together to sing songs. Rather we open our hearts, and search out God’s. So we ask in this song “Set a fire down in my soul, where I can’t contain and I can’t control. Cause I want more of Your God”!
This week’s set:
- Open Up Our Eyes (Elevation Worship)
- Set a Fire (Will Reagan)
- Day After Day (Kristian Stanfill)
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Hymn)
- The Solid Rock (Hymn arranged by Charlie Hall)
- Fill Me Up
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 37
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight…” Ephesians 1:7-8, NASB
This wee’s song is Nothing But The Blood. In my church we will be singing the version that Matt Redman made, but it is actually based on a hymn. Both songs ask the question “What can take away my sin?” This is a basic question we face when we realized we have sinned. People tend to decide that they can get rid of their sin by “doing good”. Others believe that it was by making sacrifice that we get rid of our sin. But the answer lies on the Cross. The refrain of the hymn says this:
“O, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus”
This song tells us that Try as we might, nothing can remove our sin from us but the blood of Jesus. The blood that was poured out for all mankind as a means to remove sin. God did this for us. There is nothing we can do, nothing else will satisfy the need of salvation. God died on the Cross for us, and that is the only way we can be saved of our sins.
This week’s set:
- O Praise Him (David Crowder* Band)
- Open They Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
- Nothing But The Blood (Matt Redman)
- Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)
- Here’s My Heart (performed by David Crowder)
- God of This City (Bluetree)
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 6
Hey friends, it’s been awhile since I’ve made post like this. But I really felt like we should bring back Worship Sunday.
The song this week is entitled Here’s My Heart performed by David Crowder on the Passion album, Let the Future Begin. If you watch the video here, this song has an interesting story behind how it came to be what was released at Passion ’13. It finds it’s Scripture in Psalm 119, and is a great proclamation of verse 94, “I am Yours, save me;…” (NASB). This song is such a perfect example of what worship is supposed to be like. We come to church not just as something we do week after week, but rather it is us offering ourselves to God. The chorus of this song puts it perfectly:
“Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Speak what is true”
I would encourage you to let this song fill you up today, and spend some time in worship with it as well. We bring ourselves as an offering, so let God take that offering and use it as He needs.
This week’s set
- Fill Me Up
- Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
- Better Is One Day (Matt Redman)
- Always (Kristian Stanfill)
- Here’s My Heart (performed by David Crowder)
- We Glorify Your Name (Chris Tomlin)
I know that I posted something similar to this post recently, but God has really placed this song and the feeling of waiting on Him on my heart. I love the beginning of this song, “If faith can move the mountain, then let the mountains. We come with expectation, we’re waiting here for you.”
This song references Hebrews 9:28 which says, “so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” (NLT). It calls for us to wait in anticipation of Jesus’ second coming to this world. This song is a call for us to worship Him as we wait.
I also feel that this song fits in a time of waiting in your life. As we celebrate Advent, we aren’t simply celebrating the birth of Christ, but we are also anticipating His return. So as the song says “We’re waiting here for you with our hands lifted high in praise.”
I thought I would post two versions of this song. Take time an listen and spend sometime worshiping and anticipating Christ’s return for us.
Martin Smith’s version
Christy Nockels’ version
I promise guys. One day I will figure this whole blogging thing out and actually post stuff when their supposed to be posted.
Any way, this week I though I would post about O Praise Him by David Crowder* Band. The song often asks worshipers to turn towards heaven and praise Him. Praise is defined as the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. That’s all this song is asking of us, to simply turn and worship the Lord with praise. A good way to also look at this song is through the lens of Psalm 148:
“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for He has issued his command, and they came
-Psalm 148:1-5, NLT
I love this song as a way to get worship started. Its a good way to get people to be thinking upwards, right from the beginning.
So have a listen below.
This Weeks Set
- Fill Me Up – Preston Howell
- O Praise Him – David Crowder* Band
- How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
- You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
- Always – Kristian Stanfill
- One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – performed by Kristian Stanfill
This week’s song is called “A Mighty Fortress”. It was written by Christy and Nathan Nockels. They say it was written from Psalm 18:2, but truthfully the Book of Psalms has the same message all throughout. It states:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
-Psalm 18:2, NIV
The basic message is that God is the safest place for us. We are able to find peace, strength and love in His presence. God is the place we are to run to when we face troubles, hardships, and when the world gets us down. He is there for us, loves us, and wants to help us. So when troubles arise, run to God and find refuge in His arms!
This Weeks’ Setlist
- O Praise Him
- How He Loves
- A Mighty Fortress
- You Never Let Go
This week’s song is called You Alone Can Rescue by Matt Redman. It is written from Galatians 1:4, “who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” (NASB). This song is a simple statement that God has, and is the only one, who can save us from our sinful lives. The song starts with the lyrics “Who, O Lord, could save themselves” which show us from the beginning that we cannot even save ourselves. Then speaking to Jesus we find the line “You, O Lord, have made a way”. This is a reference to what Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6 NASB). Essentially this a great song that allows us to sing our faith and give God thanks and praise for saving us from our shameful ways.
Here is the song, take a listen and enjoy.
All Creatures of Our God and King – Hymn rearranged by David Crowder* Band
Doxology – Hymn
Always – by Kristian Stanfill
You Alone Can Rescue – by Matt Redman
How Great Is Our God – by Chris Tomlin
Today’s song is called Always. It was written by Kristian Stanfill amongst others. We find the inspiration for this song in Psalm 121:1-2, “I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? [No!] My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (NLT). This song is a powerful reminder that we always have God on our side and He is there to help us. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that life gets hard. So the song is teaching us to call on the God who is ever faithful and willing to help. All we must do is ask.
I also lead another song today called Center. I will talk more about that song another time but I think the two go together very well. One is the reminder of God being there forever, the other is what we have to do in order for that to happen, keep Jesus in the center of our lives. I will attach both songs for you to take a listen to.
This week’s song is How He Loves by John Mark McMillan. Most people think that it was written by David Crowder* Band, but in all actually it was written by McMillan. The story behind this song is that it was written because of a friend of McMillan’s death.
The morning of his death he had prayed during a staff meeting saying “I would give my life if it meant to change a generation”.
How He Loves has become a personal favorite if mine to lead and I know a favorite song of may people’s. so take a listen and feel God’s love poor through this song.
This week’s song is called Children of Light. It was written by Kristian Stanfill and Jesse Reeves. It gives a calling for all of us to realize our calling as God’s children. It fits pretty well with the post I made earlier called Undignified. The chorus starts with the line “Wake up/Open your eyes/No longer dead/We are alive”. When we chose to put our faith in Christ we became a new creation. So we must wake up and realize what our true calling is!
This song was written from John 1:5 “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (NASB). Take a listen, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do to lead it!