Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: May 2, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

Better is One Day by Matt Redman

We sang a new arrangement of this song based on Psalm 84 as a call to worship. Better is One Day reminds us of the amazing privilege of being in the presence of God and helps us to express our joy and satisfaction in Him.

How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord, Almighty.
My soul longs and even faints for You.
For here my heart is satisfied within Your presence,
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings.

The chorus of Here is Our King by David Crowder established the theme of Christ as our redeeming King which was woven throughout all the songs before the message.

Here is our King, here is our love,
here is our God who’s come
to bring us back to Him.
He is the One, He is Jesus.

Sing to the King by Billy Foote and Charles Sylvester Horne

This is a song that exalts Christ as Lord over all and helps us to anticipate his promised return.

For His returning we watch and we pray.
We will be ready the dawn of that day.
We’ll join in singing with all the redeemed,
‘cause Satan is vanquished and Jesus is King.

We then read Psalm 8.

Creator King by Mary Maclean captures the themes we read about in Psalm 8. Our God is glorious and transcendent and at the time he is near and intimately involved in every aspect of our lives.

You who lit the stars and set the dawn in time,
called them all by name and now You whisper mine.
You’re my Creator King.

The Risen Lamb, The Coming King by David and Christine Cover

Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche

Open the Eyes of My Heart is based Ephesians 1:18-21 and helps us to lift up Paul’s prayer for the church in song, asking God to open our hearts to see more and more the incomparable inheritance that we have in Christ.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Words by John Newton (1779), Music by Virginia Harmony (1831) with a new chorus by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

“John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored pardoned, and appointed to preach the Faith he had long labored to destroy.”

From 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck

This statement was written by John Newton and is the epitaph engraved on his tombstone. His words give us a picture of a man whose life was completely transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we sing Newton’s Amazing Grace it helps us to remember God’s grace and mercy is transforming our lives more and more each day.

Music Team for May 2, 2010

Andrew Camp – acoustic guitar
Mark Collum – vocals
David Cover – vocals and electric guitar
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – electric guitars
Jeff Myers – vocals
Ethan Vizitei – piano and organ

Next week, we’ll be introducing a new song, All Must Be Well, which is hymn with a contemporary melody by Indelible Grace. If you would like get to know the song before next Sunday, you purchase it from iTunes and find the lyrics here.

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