Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: May 30, 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.

The Love of God by F.H. Lehman

We started our service with this hymn written in 1917. The imagery that describes the scope of God’s love in verse 3 is particularly striking

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.

The new bridge David wrote assures us of the eternality of God’s love for His people.

O love that will not let me go;
I will be forever yours.

Jesus Messiah –  by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves

There is something that stirs the soul when singing the names of Christ in a song like Jesus Messiah. Each name provides greater insight into the person of our Savior (who He is and what He has done) and when woven together, amplify the truth of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Jesus Messiah, Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel
The Rescue for sinners
The Ransom from heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

The Risen Lamb, The Coming King – By Christine Cover and David Cover

Great is the Lord whose worthy of praise
I will sing, I will sing
He’ll bring justice and peace
to all who believe in the Risen Lamb
the Coming King  

Lord, You Have My Heart – by Martin Smith

All of our songs are essentially prayers that we sing to God. In light of the powerful picture of Christ painted in the previous two songs, it was appropriate to respond with this simple prayer of commitment to our Savior.

Lord, you have my heart
and I will search for yours
Jesus take my life and lead me on.

David also read from Romans 8 during Lord, You Have My Heart.

Mighty is the Power of the Cross – by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Shawn Craig

Mighty is the Power of the Cross was the first song in communion and highlighted the life restoring benefits that we receive through Christ’s death and resurrection.

What can take a dying man
and raise him up to life again?
What can heal the wounded soul,
what can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness,
what can mend our brokenness?

The Solid Rock – Words by Edward Mote (1834); Music by William B. Brad­bu­ry (1863)

The Solid Rock is a musically simple but lyrically weighty hymn. The chorus helps us remember, in the end, everything is dust save for our salvation in Jesus Christ.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

Music Team for May 30, 2010:

Lacey Burrell – vocals
David Cover – acoustic/electric guitar and vocals
Scott Johnson – bass guitar 
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello
Regina Scott – vocals
Ethan Vizitei – vibraphone

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