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Hummable Hymns

October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Have really enjoyed how many hymns (modern or from ages past) we’ve had in the Evening Service at the Local Church. The university students are not complaining – good tunes, good meaty lyrics, what’s not to like? Feeds the earworms too so the truth gets sung to you for a few days after – more bang for your buck!

Generally good stuff to be had from Stuart Townend and Sovereign Grace Music. Some good scores at Songs For Today with good clear-thinking blog posts as a little bonus.


The Lord’s my Shepherd I’ll not want
He makes me lie in pastures green
He leads me by the still still waters
His goodness restores my soul

And I will trust in you alone
And I will trust in you alone
For your endless mercy follows me
Your goodness will lead me home

He guides my ways in righteousness
and he anionts my head with oil
and my cup it overflows with joy
I feast on his pure delight

And I will trust in you alone
And I will trust in you alone
For your endless mercy follows me
Your goodness will lead me home

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one
For you are with me and your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know

And I will trust in you alone
And I will trust in you alone
For your endless mercy follows me
Your goodness will lead me home

Stuart Townend
© 1996 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

 


The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love
The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love

And the Lord is good to all
He has compassion in all that he has made

As far as the east is from the west
Thats how far he has removed our
transgressions from us (repeat)

Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord

Graham Ord
© 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/EIRE)


A debtor to mercy alone
,
of covenant-mercy I sing;
nor fear, with your righteousness on,
my person and offering to bring:
the terrors of law and of God
with me can have nothing to do;
my Saviour’s obedience and blood
hide all my transgressions from view.

The work which his goodness began,
the arm of his strength will complete;
his promise is “Yes” and “Amen”,
and never was forfeited yet:
things future, nor things that are now,
nor all things below or above,
can make him his purpose forgo,
or sever my soul from his love.

Eternity will not erase
my name from the palms of his hands;
in marks of indelible grace
impressed on his heart it remains:
yes, I to the end shall endure,
as sure as the promise is given;
more happy, but not more secure
the glorified spirits in heaven.
Augustus Montague Toplady, David. E. Evans (“Trewen” – this is the best approximation I could find of it)

 

How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
what more can he say than to you he has said,
you, who to Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
in poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
at home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
as days may demand, shall your strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen and help you, and cause you to stand
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials your pathways shall lie,
my grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I cannot desert to his foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

Richard Keen, Richard Simpkin
© Simpo’s tune – songsfortoday.com
See this rockin’ tune. Or listen to it with electronica craziness at emumusic.

Singing Along with Lou Fellingham (and The Phatfish) for Easter

March 22, 2013 Leave a comment


Who Could Understand (Christ Crucified) (Nathan & Lou Fellingham)
WHO COULD UNDERSTAND the depth of Your plan, to bring sinners home?
Will we ever know the size of the cost? The shame of the cross?
So foolish to human wisdom but to Your children it’s life and power

We preach Christ crucified, it’s the only way for souls to be saved who have gone astray
We preach Christ raised to life and now He reigns
Interceding for us till He comes again.

Self sufficient ways run through our veins, fighting Your grace
But Your grace invades, stronger than flesh, demanding a change
So foolish to human wisdom but to Your children it’s life and power

It has the power to break in
And wash away every sin
The only hope for our generation
One day He will come again
And life will truly begin
Restored to how we were meant to be


See The Lamb of God
Down into darkness His body had been laid
Lifeless and broken a sacrifice was made
What can be done now our hope is in the grave
Who will save us now?

He who had come, as the truth, the life, the way
Nailed to a cross, God forsaken and betrayed,
But His blood spilled for all to redeem the world He made
Jesus saves us now

See the Lamb of God
Risen from the dead
Seated on the throne
His reign will never end
Hail him king of love
Jesus Christ the Lord
The champion of hearts
Who lives forevermore
Where everything cries Holy, Holy, Holy is our God

God shook the earth as His power was displayed
Death put to death as Jesus Christ was raised
God is alive and His Spirit lives in us
Hallelujah


You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman, chord sheet)

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

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 belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life

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 belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise


And Can It Be (Words: Charles Wesley)
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.


Before The Throne Of God Above
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), alternate words and music by Vikki Cook
©1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)


Awake, Awake O Zion
Awake, awake O Zion
And clothe yourself with strength
Shake off your dust
And fix your eyes on Him
For you have been redeemed by
The precious blood of Jesus
And now you sit enthroned with Him

Our God reigns
He is King of all the earth
Our God reigns
And He’s seated on the throne
Lift your voice
And sing a song of praise
Our God reigns
The Awesome God Most High

How beautiful the feet are
Of those who bring good news
For they proclaim the peace
That comes from God
Rise up you holy nation
Proclaim the great salvation
And say to Zion “Your God reigns”

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Our God is with us now

The watchmen lift their voices
And raise a shout of joy
For He will come again
Then all eyes will see the
Salvation of our God
For He has redeemed Jerusalem


There Is A Day (Phatfish)
That all creation’s waiting for,
A day of freedom and liberation for the earth.
And on that day
The Lord will come to meet His bride,
And when we see Him
In an instant we’ll be changed

The trumpet sounds
And the dead will then be raised
By His power,
Never to perish again.
Once only flesh,
Now clothed with immortality,
Death has now been
Swallowed up in victory

We will meet Him in the air
And then we will be like Him
For we will see Him, as He is
Oh yeah!
Then all hurt and pain will cease
And we’lll be with Him forever
And in His glory we will live
Oh yeah! Oh yeah!

So lift your eyes
To the things as yet unseen,
That will remain now
For all eternity.
Though trouble’s hard,
It’s only momentary
And it’s acheiving
Our future glory.

No Other Name

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

This earworm has clung on for a good fortnight. A delightful sung response to the challenges of the current sermon series on James and the hopelessness of humanity ever returning to the happy intimate relationship with God for which they were created after the folly of human rebellion against God in Genesis 3.

No Other Name (mp3, leadsheet)
There is no other name
In heaven can be found
Through whom we are redeemed
Through whom your grace abounds
No other name can save
But Jesus Christ our Lord

My joy in sorrow’s tears
My strength to cast out fears
No other name but Jesus, Jesus
My hope in darkest night
My broken soul’s delight
No other name but Jesus, Jesus

There is no victory
But Jesus crucified
No other cure for sin
But that our Saviour died
No other hope we have
But that he rose again

No other throne endures
No other song remains
But “Worthy is the Lamb
Who was for sinners slain”
When every knee shall bow
And tongue confess you are Lord,
You are Lord

© 2010 Trevor Hodge / Emu Music

The Sufficient Word

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Riding home tonight, lit sporadically by dim streetlights on a dark road, realised that one might reasonably term my after-work activities as a second job: 8pm – 11pm on many nights. (Except that I’m not allowed to have a second job, of course, under my current terms of employment. Plus there isn’t any monetary compensation involved.)

About to stumble into bed, incredibly thankful for the opportunity to see someone start to delight in God’s Word. “You mean there’s so much in just this one chapter? When can we do this again?” And this, just simply prodding her along to comprehend what is plain to the eye – no Scripture-twisting, no creative assumptions and speculations, no rabbits from hats. Surely the word of God is sufficient.

On a not terribly unrelated note, though with similar sentiments:

Stalking Saturn

July 7, 2012 3 comments

Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre

An out-of-this-world experience last Friday night at The Observatory (facebook) at The Singapore Science Centre (15 Science Centre Road). We took advantage of The Observatory’s Friday Night Stargazing session (free, 7.45pm – 10.00pm) to clump up the metal staircase and peer into the eyepiece. Without warning, Saturn came and poked me in the eye. (Ok, obviously, it wasn’t present day Saturn but Saturn sometime in the distant past, cos those lightrays took, like, forever to get to Earth.)

Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre
Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre

“Is this for real?!” exclaimed I to the wearily patient man attempting to educate the public on galaxies while moonlighting (haha) as a bouncer for the Pentax. Saturn and her rings, an off-white, were clear and sharp like a cardboard cut-out hung neatly on a piece of black cloth. Somewhat like this (copyright Kanal von Nachtwolke):

Despite the clouds, managed get a second very good glimpse of the ringed planet again, and possibly one of its moons (or a dust speck on the telescope lens).

Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre

Saturn is the star planet (bad confusing pun) for July in Singapore but we should have cosy-ed up to one of the private telescopes dotting the area for a smooze with the stars (of the celestial variety, naturally).

Friday Night Stargazing at The Observatory, Singapore Science CentreWent home with a serious case of wanderlust (likely to be unfulfilled unless Richard Branson gets his act together and pushes his current plans for space tourism even further – yay, wormhole travel?), 14-year old me demanding to know why we hadn’t gone into astrophysics like we intended, and in complete awe that we should have a relationship with the God who created the entire universe.

Gospel in the Psalms (Sarah Oh Hwee Yen)
When I consider Your heavens
the word of Your fingers
the moon and the stars which You set in place
I ask why should God so great
be mindful of man
You call to our hearts
and show us Your ways.

We were creatures who rebelled against the lordship of their Maker
We were enemies of God destined for wrath
But You made known to us
The way to peace, the path of life
By Your gift of faith in Jesus Christ.

Clothed in humble humanity
He was God’s Anointed One
The promised Christ, the suffering Messiah
But true to prophesy, we despised and rejected Him
See, the people plot; the nations conspire.

May Your word renew my mind
Your Holy Spirit guide my life
Transform me, Lord, day by day
Grant me strength so i can serve
The chosen, holy saints in Christ
Let Your law of love be kept in my faith.

Arise My Love

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Beers + Ukelele + Andriod Equivalent of iPadCathartic singing over Leffe and Hogaarden beers last Saturday. At some point in the night, someone requested the song he sang to his wife at his wedding. I didn’t recognise it, having been in the wedding photog zone at the relevant time. A good opportunity to be introduced to it. To someone usually leery of lomantic lyrics, this was incredibly beautiful – probably because Michael Card’s lyrics were based on verses from the Song of Songs, itself an intriguingly lovely book of the Bible – intriguing not least because Solomon himself had many wives, and lovely because God describes himself in the Old Testament as a husband to Israel his wife, and in the New Testament (eg. Ephesians 5) Paul tells us that Jesus, being God, has this same intimate relationship with his church.


Arise, My Love
by Michael Card

Arise, my love, my lovely one come,
The winter is past and the rains are gone.
The flowers appear, it’s the season of song,
My beautiful one, arise and come with me.

Who is it that appears like the dawn?
As fair as the moon, as bright as the sun?
Show me your face, let me hear your voice.
My beautiful one, arise and come with me.

Set me like a seal on your heart,
For love is unyielding as the grave.
The flash of it is a jealous fire,
No flood can quench,
For love is as strong as death.

Arise my love and come with me
Before the dawn breaks and the shadows flee.
You ravished my heart with just one glance
My beautiful one, arise and come with me.

Set me like a seal on your heart,
For love is unyielding as the grave.
The flash of it is a jealous fire,
No flood can quench,
For love is as strong as death.

Do not arouse or awaken love
Until it so desires.

Arise, my love, my lovely one come,
The winter is past and the rains are gone.
The flowers appear, it’s season of song,
My beautiful one, arise and come with me.
I am my love’s, my beloved is mine.
Arise and come with me.

Israel Houghton and New Breed, Singapore Expo

February 18, 2012 1 comment

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore ExpoIn the cheap seats for Israel Houghton and New Breed‘s concert at the Singapore Expo, presented by Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC).

Unlike many Contemporary Christian Music concerts, what this gig had going for it was:
1. solid musicianship – the folks on stage weren’t depending on mere volume to carry them through, the medleys were excellent, and the segues and transitions almost impossibly smooth. I guess he didn’t win four Grammy® Awards for nothin’;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo2. not emotionally manipulative – the hand-raising started from the first song. Then quite a few megachurch fans were rather disappointed that they weren’t whipped into frenzied jumping by the music as they had been conditioned to expect at “worship”. But biblically, one is driven to worship God not by powerful chord progressions, or driving and insistent beats, but by the objective acts of God in human history for which we can truly praise him. A chap (FCBC pastor?) who came on at the end of the concert tried to give the crowd what they wanted when he seemed to ask for something resembling a mosh (Singapore concert version, without any sort of surfing);

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo3. no false declaration of the hall as holy ground where we would meet God, no closing of eyes in flamboyant display of prayerfulness;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expoit was a performance and there was no attempt to hide that as Israel Houghton danced between the guitar, the keyboard, and then the drums;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo4. no speaking in tongues which the Bible discourages (in public at least) on account of people not understanding what they themselves are saying and no one else being edified by such babbling;

5. the lyrics to the songs, though vague, did not contain any false promises or gross misinterpretation of Scripture;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo6. despite the attraction of the “mosh pit” and adoring, eager faces, Israel Houghton ended the concert well IMHO by leading the audience in “Jesus at the Center of It All” and then leaving them to sing it for themselves before going out with a whimper, so that with the lights out, you were not clapping and cheering for the performers but were reminded who was the center of it all, the real headlining act. No one got forced into an emotive high – a good thing in this context, but alas, some people were actually disappointed.

Song list (though the instrumentation, arrangements etc in these recordings seem quite inferior to what i recall of the Singapore concert:


Chris Tomlin’s Our God + Awesome God (from 2:30 onwards with an out-of-tune kid, songs not inter-twined like at concert)


Everywhere That I Go


You Are Good


All Around


Yes Lord


I Am A Friend of God


I Will Search


Hillsong United’s Mighty To Save


Jesus At The Center of It All


Hosanna


To Worship You I Live


Holy You Are


Alpha and Omega


Moving Forward


Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So


I Am Not Forgotten

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