Archive for the Songs Category
D.A. Carson and Matt Boswell have written a new song, “Exult in the Savior’s Birth,” which we’ve been singing through this Advent season. It’s a great song for pondering, revering, and adoring the incarnate Christ who is our King from Heaven. It’s available here as a free download.
Here’s an introduction to the song followed by the lyrics:
their flocks at night,
attending lowly sheep;
Now within a cattle shed,
a much stranger watch they keep.
Today, a Saviour has been born
and He is Christ, the Lord;
Placed within a humble trough,
this baby must be adored.
Pagan wise men from the East
seek out the infant King;
Trackless miles behind them lie
and now all their rev’rence bring.
They have come to worship Him
with spices and with gold;
Countless millions seek Him still,
who’s advent was long foretold.
For to us a child is born,
to us a Son is giv’n;
He shall reign in righteousness,
this Counselor King from heav’n.
The government will rest on Him,
He is the mighty God;
Prince of Peace, this gentle King
yet rules with a mighty rod.
Scriptures say that Mary’s boy
was born that he might die;
Angel voices burst in praise,
their harmony fills the sky.
Sing, “Glory in the highest heav’n!”
Sing, “Gracious peace on earth!”
Those on whom His favor rests,
exult in the Saviour’s birth.
Read, listen to, meditate, and pray through these words this Christmas. Click here to download the song for free.
On Sunday morning we sang an new old song together, “Absent From Flesh.” Sojourn Music recently set this song and others by Isaac Watts to new music in their album, The Water and The Blood. Isaac Watts wrote this song in the 1700s.
Here’s a video of the song led by the writers of the new tune, followed by the text:
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Absent from flesh, O blissful thought;
What joy this moment brings;
Freed from the blame my sin has brought,
from pain and death and its sting.
Absent from flesh, O Glorious day!
in one triumphant stroke;
My reckoning paid, my charges dropped,
and the bonds ’round my hands are broke.
I go where God and glory shine,
to one eternal day;
This failing body I now resign,
for the angels point my way;
for the angels point my way.
Absent from flesh! then rise, my soul,
Where feet nor wings could climb,
beyond the sky, where planets roll,
and beyond all keep of time.
One way in which we are commanded to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly is by singing (Colossians 3:16). We mean to do that as a church as we gather each Sunday to worship the risen Christ. In fact, so much is singing a part of what Christians do when we gather that worship is often, even if unthoughtfully, used synonymously with singing. Worship, of course, means very much more than singing, but in as much as we do sing the Word together and in our hearts to God, we are indeed worshiping.
At DSC we mean to sing songs that impress on our hearts the truth of God and the gospel, and express well right affections for the God of the gospel. DSC’s Music Ministry is a great help in leading us in this important element of our life together. Songs help shape the way we think about God, ourselves, and our life in between the comings of Christ. Music has a way of embedding words, and thus ideas, into our very soul. Reflecting on the songs we sing and singing those songs in our hearts during the week adds to our adoration of God and helps us to anticipate Sunday morning.
So, every now and then we will post to the blog lyrics of a new song, and, when a one is available, a video to help you grow into a new tune.
On Sunday, Drew introduced to us a new song by modern hymn writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. “By Faith” is a meditation on the themes of the book of Hebrews, and on our glorious identity as those who do live by faith in the glorious promises of God.
Above is a video of this song from their album, Awake the Dawn, and below are the words. Enjoy!
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight
By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight
By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave
By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth
We will stand…
By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name
We will stand…
Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend