It’s been a while since I last shared what new music I’m listening to so here’s what’s been on repeat lately!
Jesus Culture’s latest cd has a song called “Alive in You” and I absolutely love it, especially the chorus:
You are God, You’re the Great I AM
Breath of Life I breathe You in
Even in the fire I’m alive in You.
You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire I’m alive in You.
This past season has, for various reasons, often felt like a furnace. Heat, pressure, no idea what’s coming next…but Christ, “one like a son of the gods” (Dan. 3:25) not only can keep us alive in the flames of the furnace and use it to refine us: He is also with us in the furnace and sovereign over every step that led us there and every step we’ll take afterwards. It’s truth I need to keep hearing 🙂
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Heard this new(ish) song by Matt Redman the other week and can’t get it out of my head. I love how he takes the lyrics to the old hymn “At the Cross” and adds new thoughts to it from Galatians 2:20 (see above). Check it out for yourself!
At the cross, at the cross
where I first saw the light
and the burden of my soul rolled away
It was there by faith I received my sight
now no longer I, but Christ in me
Matt Redman is easily one of my favorite songwriters. “Blessed be Your Name,” “Our God” (which he wrote but Chris Tomlin arranged), and “10,000 Reasons” are just a small sampling of the many many many songs of his that have significantly impacted me and ministered to me through the truth they contain and the poetic way that truth is expressed.
The most recent song of his that I’ve enjoyed is called “It is Well.” Redman took the chorus from the famous hymn by Horatio Spafford and added new verses and lyrics. I’ve had it on repeat the past couple days and thought I’d share. Enjoy!
“Weeping may come / remain for a night
But joy will paint the morning sky”
It's currently neither Monday nor the morning, but this IS some music! :) So go ahead and hit "play" and enjoy!
Look how He lifted me / His grace and mercy is my testimony / For every victory / I’ve got a song to sing / Look how He lifted me!
I’ve had this song on repeat for the past few weeks-it’s catchy and exciting but (best of all) also contains beautiful truth: When we have things to boast of, it’s first of all because of what He has done for us! “…as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” -1 Corinthians 1:31
“And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life”
Christmas is a celebration of the fact that “He who was the Son of God became the Son of man, that man … might become the son of God” (Irenaeus, Against Heresies). What a wonderful truth! For our sake He lived the perfect life that we never could have lived and died the death that we never could have escaped in order to bring us into the family. Glad tidings of great joy indeed!
This week take time to rest in the gift that Emmanuel’s life and death and resurrection on our behalf is to us all. And Merry Christmas!
Original Christmas songs aren’t usually that great. There are only a handful that grab you and demand a place alongside the standards and classics.
This song is one of them.
“Love came down and the earth stood still”
[And if you haven’t, check out Future of Forestry’s other Christmas songs/albums. You won’t regret it!]
As prolific as Chris Tomlin is, it’s no surprise that he’s still putting out new music. I’m just getting around to listening to his newest cd (the past two weeks have been filled with midterms and papers here in seminary-land haha) but this is one of the singles from the cd that’s been out for a while. Enjoy!
Part of our reading for my Church History class here at Golden Gate was some of the various creeds that the Church has used over the past few centuries. It reminded me of this song that I enjoy from Hillsong and want to share with you.
What an amazing privilege to share these beliefs with those who have gone before us in the journey of faith that following Jesus is!
(…of particular interest to me is what portions of the song are actually from prior creeds and what the songwriters added themselves. But no need to go into all that detail analyzing it if you don’t want to! 🙂 )
A familiar set of (powerful) lyrics set to a new and different tune.
All to Jesus I surrender All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.
Oh that we would live fully surrendered to him! Help us to surrender more and more to you, Lord.