Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: July 11, 2010

Every week, Every Square Inch features a review of songs and readings from The Crossing’s Sunday services. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

One of the reasons we meet together every week and spend time singing and listening to the Word of God preached is that it helps us remember the realities of The Gospel. Throughout the week it’s easy to forget the weight and guilt of our sins. We also forget that God, because of his great love for us, has rescued us from our sin through His Son. So this Sunday, the flow of the service was designed to remind us these truths.

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing by Charles Wesley (1739), Contemporary chorus by David Crowder and Jack Parker

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was written by Charles Wesley to commemorate the one year anniversary of the renewal of his faith. Recently, David Crowder wrote a new chorus for the hymn that serves as a great call to worship.

So come on and sing out,
let our anthem grow loud,
There is one great love; Jesus

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus – Words: Samuel Trevor Francis, 1834-1925. Music: Ebenezer (or TON-Y-BOTEL) Thomas John Williams (1890).

Samuel Trevor Francis painted a vivid picture of the immensity of God’s love in this hymn that finds its scriptural foundation in Romans 8:38-39.

O, the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Vast unmeasured boundless free;
rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of Thy love;
leading onward, leading homeward,
to Thy glorious rest above.

We continued our meditation by reading Lamentations 3:19-26. 

I Will Wait for You by Jodee Lewis

Our good friend, Jodee Lewis of the The Spares wrote I Will Wait for You, a beautiful meditation on Lamentations 3 in song. It’s songs like this, that are rich in truth and rooted in God’s Word, that enable us to continually call to mind the hope we confess.

Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope
because of the Lord’s great love,
we are not consumed.
Your compassions never fail;
they are new every morning
and I will wait for you. 

After a time of waiting on the Lord in silent confession we heard the assurance of our forgiveness from Colossians 1:21-22.

Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel

Jesus, Thank You gave us an opportunity to, express our “gratefulness that God sent his Son to endure the punishment we deserved and to reconcile us to God.” It’s humbling when we remember that we who were once God’s enemies, are now welcomed into his very presence through Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice on the cross.

Your blood has washed away my sin,
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied,
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table,
Jesus, thank You.

We responded to Keith’s message and reflection on his experience in Jamaica by singing a reprise of O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.

My gracious Master and my God
assist me to proclaim
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of Thy name

Music Team for July 11, 2010:

Carly Allen – bass
Rhett Johnson – acoustic and electric guitars
Scott Johnson – vocals and piano
Andrew Luley – drums
Jeff Myers – vocals
Kristen Pierce – vocals
Josie Patton – cello

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