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Great Theological Worship Lyrics

After so many of you had strong opinions from my post yesterday, I thought we would flip the subject. I thought what Darin said was spot on, in that, there are a lot of great lyrics being written today. Something about our fallen bodies makes us focus on the negative too much sometimes.

So I’d love to have you share a song that has been written recently or that your church is singing that you believe reflects a strong Biblical theology.

I’ll share a couple that come to mind for me. Oh You Bring is a song by Hillsong United that I absolutely love. Sure Hillsong has better musical songs, but the lyrics of the verses are powerful to me:

Oh you bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in the darkness
And death to life, now I’m alive

Oh you give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see you now, in you I’m found

And you open the door for me
And you lay down your life to set me free
All that I am will serve you Lord

I love this progression from speaking about what God does (brings death to life), to remembering his sacrifice (laid down his life to set us free), to a call for us to respond (serving him).

This song isn’t nearly as new as the previous one, but Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes (I can say that God truly used this song to change my life) has powerful lyrics to me. Especially the second verse which says:

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

The focus is clearly on the incarnation here and it should prompt us to respond in personal worship towards God.

Now it’s your turn. Take some time to think through the newer songs that connect you to God with a strong understanding of theology and the Bible.

What comes to mind?

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  • Matt C

    Easy for me – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Best. Song. Ever.

    Come thou fount of ev’ry blessing
    Tune my heart to sing thy grace
    Streams of mercy never ceasing
    Call for songs of loudest praise

    What better words to make a plea for God to change us and conform us – what we are unable to do for ourselves? And the confessing that our worship is a reaction to his love and mercy in our lives. Beautiful!

    Jesus sought me when a stranger
    Wand’ring from the fold of God
    He to rescue me from danger
    Interposed his precious blood

    It’s tough to get that level of theology in a chorus these days. Same with the following verse:

    Oh, to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be
    Let thy goodness like a fetter
    Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee
    Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
    Prone to leave the God I love
    Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it
    Seal it for thy courts above.

    Simply magnificent song.

    • Tyler

      While I definitely would not disagree…a song that has the word Ebeneezer…needs some updating for it to make sense to people today. Strong theology in song that doesn’t make sense falls a little short to me.

  • Matt C

    Crap – just realized you asked for newer song. Oops.

    That’s easy, though, too — Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman. It’s tough. It’s honest. It’s sound. It’s beautiful.

    • Tyler

      Almost included that song on here instead of Here I am to Worship. They came out around the same time so they kind of run together for me anyway.

  • Paul Berry

    How He Loves is amazing (McMillan’s original sloppy wet kiss version gets at the heart of heaven and earth meeting) though not overly singable by a large group.

    Jon Egan’s Here in Your Presence is amazing. I’ve never been a fan of New Life Worship (not a hater, just not a fan). But this song is amazing. Interestingly, Egan authored “I Am Free” which I was critical of yesterday on this blog. This song, done as modern rock instead of adult contemporary, moves me closer to God.

    Found in Your hands, fullness of joy
    Every fear suddenly wiped away here in Your presence
    All of my gains now fade away
    Every crown no longer on display, here in Your presence
    Heaven in trembling in awe of Your wonders
    the kings and their kingdom are standing amazed

    Here in Your presence, we are undone
    Here in Your presence, Heaven and Earth become one
    Here in Your presence, all things are new
    Here in Your presence, everything bows before You

    Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
    Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
    Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
    Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way

    Great stuff, Tyler. Thanks for the topic.

  • LoriAnn

    I can’t think of any newer songs but I do have two favorites…

    Awesome God by Michael W Smith
    “Well, the Lord wasn’t joking
    When He kicked ‘em out of Eden
    It wasn’t for no reason that He shed his blood
    His return is very close and so you better be believing
    that our God is an awesome God”

    And God is In Control by Twila Paris
    This is no time for fear
    This is a time for faith and determination
    Don’t lose the vision here
    Carried away by emotion
    Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
    There is one thing that has always been true
    It holds the world together

    God is in control
    We believe that His children will not be forsaken
    God is in control
    We will choose to remember and never be shaken
    There is no power above or beside Him, we know
    God is in control, oh God is in control

    When my teenagers drive me insane, when work is horrible, when I don’t have any more money for groceries and those same teens and hungry or I have to walk to and from work because I’m out of bus money…. that song is going in the back of my head… keeps me going to know he does have a plan for me and is in control.

    • Tyler

      I confess to not knowing for sure…but wasn’t Awesome God written by Rich Mullins?

      • Deana

        Yes….Awesome God written by Rich Mullins for sure!

        Enjoying today’s post. Yesterday’s was…hmmm…….argumentative – but then for me, a non music person, the music is just a ‘piece’ of the total worship experience/life of a believer and I don’t get why you all pick it apart so much.

        • Yonas

          Don’t worry Deana I’m a music person, I don’t know why they did that either!

  • Kristin T. (@kt_writes)

    I love Blessed Be Your Name for the exact reasons Matt mentions.

    Have you ever listened to anything written by Jim Croegaert? Not all of his songs work well in terms of congregational singing, but we often sing a few of them, including You Gave Us the Hope, which is based on Psalm 107 (from the album House of Peace). Croegaert’s theology really resonates with me in that gritty, real, hopeful way.

  • dk

    I can listen to the Newsboys version of “In Christ Alone” every hour and never get sick of it. Every verse has great theology, though I guess some could wrestle with the end of the second verse depending on how you see the cross.

    And right now, the new Casting Crowns song “Until the whole world hears” really gets me going.

    • Tyler

      In the same vein as that Casting Crowns song is “Follow You” by Leeland and Brandon Heath. I think we’re doing it in a few weeks at my church…love that song.

  • Vernon

    Great post yesterday on bad lyrics – thanks for doing the other side today.
    How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Stuart Townend) is well set to the melody – and while not happy, clappy – really gives reason to ponder God’s provision for us.

    How deep the Father’s love for us,
    How vast beyond all measure
    That He should give His only Son
    To make a wretch His treasure

    How great the pain of searing loss,
    The Father turns His face away
    As wounds which mar the chosen One,
    Bring many sons to glory

    Behold the Man upon a cross,
    My sin upon His shoulders
    Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
    Call out among the scoffers

    It was my sin that held Him there
    Until it was accomplished
    His dying breath has brought me life
    I know that it is finished

    I will not boast in anything
    No gifts, no power, no wisdom
    But I will boast in Jesus Christ
    His death and resurrection

    Why should I gain from His reward?
    I cannot give an answer
    But this I know with all my heart
    His wounds have paid my ransom

  • owlhaven

    Almighty, infinite Father,
    Faithfully loving Your own,
    Here in our weakness You find us,
    Falling before Your throne,
    Oh we’re falling before Your throne

    From Selah

  • Josh

    I like “Center” by Charlie Hall (I believe Redman has some credit on lyrics too)

    Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
    Be the place we fix our eyes
    Be the center of our lives

    You’re the center of the universe
    Everything was made in you, Jesus
    Breath of every living thing
    Everyone was made for you
    You hold everything together…

    We lift our eyes to heaven
    We wrap our lives around your life
    We lift our eyes to heaven
    To you

  • Jennifer Hamilton

    Definitely not a recent song but I’d never heard it before a few years ago. From “The Love of God” (an old hymn, I think?)
    “Could we with ink the oceans 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 oceans dry.
    Nor could that scroll contain the whole, though stretched
    from sky to sky…”
    Just a great way to envision his love for us!

  • Tyler

    I’m surprised no one has said Revelation Song yet.

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  • Karen S

    Having come back to God after a series of crises, husbandless, fatherless & away from my home, this song does me in every time. I have to remember the lyrics when I get afraid about raising E alone…because He has delivered, protected, provided and so much more.

    I will bless the Lord forever,
    And I will trust Him at all times.
    He has delivered me from all things,
    And He has set my feet upon the Rock.

    I will not be moved, and I’ll say of the Lord:
    You are my Shield, my Strength, my Portion, Deliverer,
    My Shelter, Strong Tower, my very present help in time of need.

  • chuckazooloo

    i love David Crowder’s Wholly Your’s

    i especially love the turn from HOLY to Wholly, and i especially love the lyric “You are everything, that is bright and clean the antonym of me”

    I am full of earth
    You are heaven’s worth
    I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity
    You are everything that is bright and clean
    The antonym of me
    You are divinity
    But a certain sign of grace is this
    From a broken earth flowers come up
    Pushing through the dirt

    You are holy, holy, holy
    All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I wanna be holy like You are

    You are everything that is bright and clean
    And You’re covering me with Your majesty
    And the truest sign of grace was this
    From wounded hands redemption fell down
    Liberating man

    You are holy, holy, holy
    All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I want to be holy like You are

    But the harder I try the more clearly can I feel
    The depth of our fall and the weight of it all
    And so this might could be the most impossible thing
    Your grandness in me making me clean

    Glory, hallelujah
    Glory, glory, hallelujah
    You are holy, holy, holy
    All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I want to be holy, holy God

    So here I am, all of me
    Finally everything
    Wholly, wholly, wholly
    I am wholly, wholly, wholly
    I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours

    I am wholly Yours

    I am full of earth and dirt and You

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  • Jonno

    He is Lord. (from the Hillsong peoples).

    Oh blessed lamb once slain
    Will reign forever more
    His hands once bound now save
    Our God will never fail

    He is Lord
    He is Lord
    Sings my soul
    He is Lord
    And He lives
    Yes He lives
    I’m alive ’cause Jesus lives

    ‘Tis at the cross of Christ
    Where earth and heaven meet
    Where sin is overcome
    To God the victory

    And now
    Let the earth resound with praise
    For our Saviour God He reigns
    He is high and lifted up
    For the King of glory waits
    He is coming back again
    He is coming back again

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