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
So apparently I never actually posted this yesterday, so you guys luck out. 2 posts today!!!!!!!!!!
The story for the man who wrote this hymn, Robert Robinson, was actually quite inspiring. After the death of his father, his mother sent him to London to become a barber. Instead he learned to drink and became a gangster. After an unsettling encounter with a fortune teller, he and his buddies attended a meeting being held by George Whitefield, a very prominent evangelist. Three years later, after being haunted by the preachers words, Robinson gave his life to Christ. He then entered into the ministry. He wrote this hymn in order to accompany a sermon he was giving, and it has been a Church favorite ever since.
The last couple strains of this song really hit me this week, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal its, seal it for Thy courts above.” It speaks to our sinful nature and how we constantly feel a need to run from God. But then we can turn around and give our lives to God. Not only is this an autobiography of Robert Robinson, but it is also a simple statement on the human relationship with God.
This Week’s Set
- Children of Light – Kristian Stanfill
- Whom Shall I Fear – Chris Tomlin
- You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
- Here’s My Heart – performed by David Crowder
- Come Thou Fount – Robert Robinson, arr. Preston Howell
- Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin
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 an old one! Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow was written in the late 1600s by Thomas Ken. He wrote it with three stanzas, and with the purpose of helping the boys at the school he worked for. It was designed to help motivate these boys in their daily devotions. One stanza was meant to be sung upon awakening, and the third if the boys had trouble sleeping.
The refrain of this hymn is now commonly known as the Doxology, and is sung by many churches every Sunday. Typically sung for offerings, I maintain that this song is a praise song. When we sing it for our contemporary worship, I always do it at the beginning as a way to bring everyone together and sing praises to their Father from whom all blessing flow!
“Praise God from whom all blessing flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above all ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Below I am posting an arrangement performed by the David Crowder* Band off of the Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern album.
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!
With today being Sunday and myself being a worship leader, I thought I would keep Sunday posts simple and just talk about a song I’m singing today.
Today we will be singing a song called Thank You God for Saving Me by Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham. The title for this song pretty much explains it all.
It is written from Lamentations 3:21-23:
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (NLT)
and Psalm 62:2:
“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” (NLT)
I posted the song here. Taken a listen and enjoy thanking God!