Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 13, 2010


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

His Loving-Kindness  – Words by Samuel Medley (1782), Additional Words by David A. Cover with contemporary music by Christine Cover and David A. Cover (2010)

Though the melody is new, His Loving-Kindness was originally penned by Samuel Medley in 1782 as an expression of thanksgiving to God. Medley wrote many, many hymns and he was always careful to say that his main purpose in songwriting was to “comfort Christians and glorify Christ.” (Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions, p. 333, Kenneth W. Osbeck)

Awake my soul, in joyful praise,
sing of my great Redeemer’s ways:
He justly claims a song from me,

“His loving kindness set me free!”

Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

Our call to worship was Awakening, a new song which was introduced last week. When we sing this prayer (which echoes Ephesians 1:17-19) we’re asking God to wake our wandering souls so that we may seek his will and worship him.

For You and You alone awake my soul;
Awake my soul and sing.
For the world You love Your will be done;
Let Your will be done in me

Live in Us by David A. Cover

David based Live in Us on Psalm 25. This original song helps us to express our faith and trust in the faithful promises of God.

To You, O Lord, we lift our souls.
In You we trust, the Living God.
You are faithful, our loving Father;
Live in us God.


The Love of God by F.H. Lehman (1917)

Frederick M. Lehman, wrote a pamphlet, in 1948 that gave brief insight into the origin of The Love of God. According to Lehman, the last stanza was written nearly one thousand years ago by a Jewish songwriter. Lehman heard the stanza in a message given at a camp meeting in 1917. He was so moved by its description of God’s love that he scored it to music in order “to preserve the words for future generations.”(101 More Hymn Stories, p. 271, Kenneth W. Osbeck)

Could we with ink the ocean fill
and were the skies of parchment made,
were every stalk on earth a quill
and every man a scribe by trade,
to write the love of God above
would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
though stretched from sky to sky.

Forever by Chris Tomlin

Forever was a fitting response to the magnificent picture of God’s love painted in The Love of God. Chris Tomlin based the song on Psalm 136, a litany giving thanks to the Lord celebrating His faithful love manifest throughout all of history.

Give thanks to the Lord,
our God and King,
His love endures forever;
He is good, He is above all things,
His love endures forever;
Sing praise, sing praise.


You Alone Can Rescue by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

We responded to the message with You Alone Alone Can Rescue. The verse gives voice to the question of a broken sinner when face to face with their sin, “Who can rescue me, the worst of sinners?” The chorus answers the question with the assurance of life and salvation in Christ alone.

You alone can rescue, You alone can save.
You alone can lift us from the grave.
You came down to find us, led us out of death.
To You alone be longs the highest praise.


Music Team for June 13, 2010:

Carly Allen – bass
Andrew Camp – vocals and acoustic guitar
Christine Cover – vocals
David Cover –  vocals and electric guitar
Scott Johnson – keyboards and vocals
Rhett Johnson – electric guitar
Andrew Luley – drums
Jeff Myers – vocals

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