Worship God Live

15 06 2006

worship-god.jpgI recently received a copy of Worship God Live a cd put out by the music ministry of Sovereign Grace. The cd is a live recording of two day celebration at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

If you are a fan of Sovereign Grace’s previous releases you will enjoy Worship God Live. The cd maintains its commitment to biblically sound, Christ-exalting, heart stirring lyrics. Consider the following exerpts:

from “Endless Praises”:

Look upon this wondrous sight

Foul sinners clothed in white

With the righteousness of Christ

All our guilt is washed away

Every debt we owed is paid

How astounding is this grace

From “Jesus Thank You”

The mystery of the cross

I cannot comprehend

The agonies of Calvary

You the perfect Holy One

Crushed Your Son

Drank the bitter cup

Reserved for me

Additionally, Bob Kauflin and company have updated the sound of some great songs from yesteryear. God our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts and God Moves by William Cowper are both well done.

worshipers.jpgAs a Christian I love the truth, so therefore, I love music that exalts the truth. I can remember studying to preach on Romans 3 and just having the lyrics of songs like Jesus Thank You floating around in concert with the text. This was simply awesome. Songs that sing truth serve as an able auxiliary in our meditation and devotion. The Worship God Live cd is a musical friend that comes to encourage saints to love the Savior with increased zeal, delight and devotion each day. I am thankful that the Lord is pleased to give the church gifts such as these to stir genuine affections for Christ.

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15 06 2006
arlog

May we all have hearts that are sharply tuned to pleasing and worshiping God. I really enjoy the SG songs and especially their theologically correct, God-centered lyrics. The usual pablum and anthropocentric lyrics of the mass CCM media is tiring. How uplifting to have a resource such as SG. May they continue to produce such quality work….the worshiping church is benefiting.

15 06 2006
erik

amen! way to mix in the usage of pablum and anthropocentric in the same comment thread…well done!

15 06 2006
Tyler

Pablum and anthropocentric is nothing when you alliterate an entire budget meeting. Now that’s talent………fundamental to finesse, etc.

15 06 2006
erik

That’s right…he is on a bit of a logomaniacal wave. Feel free to comment on the music, in your professionaly spiritual opinion.

15 06 2006
Jeff

At my church, we sing a few hymns with new music (or new arrangements). While it’s refreshing to do occasionally, I hope we never totally throw out the original. “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” is one example, with a new chorus: “Oh the wonderful cross, oh the wonderful cross,” etc.

By the way, Jars of Clay did the reverse back in 1997. They wrote a brand new song in an “old” style. The song is called “Hymn” off the “Much Afraid” album. Appropriate title, since the lyrics and music sound like they were written in 1897:

“Oh gaze of love so melt my pride
That I may in Your house but kneel
And in my brokenness to cry
Spring worship unto Thee

When beauty breaks the spell of pain
The bludgeoned heart shall burst in vain
But not when love be pointed king
And truth shall Thee forever reign”

Great song.

15 06 2006
erik

I know what you mean Jeff…sort of…having not grown up in the church, I have been learning many of the older songs by the new ones. I do love the old version of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”.

I did not know that Jars of Clay did that. I’ll have to check it out.

It kind of reminded me of when I first became a believer and was at a fairly old (demographically) church. When the pastor would call on someone to close in prayer, inevitabaly the one who was chosen would begin in his southern brogue while mixing in innumerable 16th Century KJV style phrases, such as “Thou hast been good to Thy people…” I remember going up to them just to hear them talk but was disappointed to hear them talk without the Shakespeare accent.

Wonder if that counts as a prayer language? ;-D

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