Cling To The Cross (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. But this is one of the songs I wrote the lyrics to. Here they are in full.

Cling To The Cross

I wake up, and take one step at a time, the steps are mocked with sin

I cling to the cross of Christ, my only hopes within

Father, God do a work in me, send Your Spirit to guide

Help me better to see, Lord I want to abide

(Chorus)

I cling to the, Cross of Christ, by the power, not my own

I pray I cling till, my last day, when I meet my God, face to face

 

Give me, the power to grip that hope. The cross that was Your shame

I want to bleed from the hold, the only power that saves

Humble, a fight of pride to die, I’m flat down on my face

Spirit, help abide, to nothing but Your grace

(Chrous)

 

This song is a simple song lyrically but deep in context. I taught a sermon once where I used this illustration and thought it would make a good song because it is a theme that we need to remember as children of God. The song opens with the struggle of every person. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, we are in a constant struggle within ourselves and from the world. Sin is trying to take over our desires and attention. It moves to immediately asking for strength in God. The hope and strength that come from His Spirit being inside His people. This continues into the chorus where I bring in the main theme. The idea of clinging or holding on as tightly as we can to God’s Word, Christ Himself and the truths we live by. But acknowledging that we cannot succeed by attempting this on our own power. We need to power of God within us to hold on tightly. We often try and hold by our own power but that will always fail us. And knowing it’s Christ Spirit that is sustaining us and pleading for us to the Father in Heaven should give us the confidence to cling that much more. Until that final day that we get to spend eternity with Him face to face. The second verse I was trying to paint the picture of the point of this song. Clinging to the Cross so tightly that we are flat on our face, with our arms wrapped around the foot of the cross, gripping so tight by God’s power that our arms begin to bleed. It can sound dramatic but without this earnest and urgent mindset, we can so easily be entrapped by sin and lose our joy in Jesus. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Cling to the Cross

 

 

 

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Our God and Help (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Isaac Watts called “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”.  Here is my version in full.

Our God, and help, in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Your throne, Your saints will dwell secure;

Sufficient is Your arm alone, and our defense is sure.

(Chorus)

Teach us to number our days,

That we may gain a heart of wisdom, of wisdom

 

Your Word commands our flesh to dust, “Return, oh sons of men”:

All nations rose from earth at first,
and turn to earth again.

A thousand ages in Your sight,
are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

(Chorus)

Bridge:

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God, to endless years the same.

Our God and help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.

(Chorus)

This hymn was published by Isaac Watts in 1719. He wrote it from Psalm 62 mainly. It is a beautiful biblical picture of Gods power and love for His people. In God alone do we find our refuge and strength. The chorus goes on to plead with God to, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. What does this mean? It is the practice of eternal perspective. We weren’t meant for this world ultimately. God created His children for eternity with Him. This life is merely a passing through and preparing for us, for eternity. The second verse and bridge keep this theme of almighty God, able to do as He pleases and our confidence in Him and His plan alone. I pray this song help these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Our God and Help

 

Adore and Tremble (acoustic chronicles)

Adore and Tremble

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Isaac Watts called “Adore and Tremble, for our God”.  Here is my version in full.

Adore and Tremble

Adore and tremble, our holy God. A consuming fire. His jealous arm.

His wrath a flame. How it burns. Oh how it glows against His foes.

At His approach the mountains flee. They seek a grave in the frightened sea.

Who dares engage His fiery rage, that shakes the world, the world He’s made.

(Chorus)

Adore and tremble

 

Yet mighty God. Thy sovereign grace. You sent Your Son. Saved from our fate.

Your redeeming love. You bore our death. You rose for us. You raised us too.

 

(Chorus)

 

Now here’s the call. Endure you saints. Keep His word. Through Him have faith.

Blessed ones who die to self. Live for Christ, He lives for you.

(Chorus)

 

This song was primarily written from Nahum 1:1-3 and Hebrews 12:29. But this theme is consistent throughout the whole Bible. God is big, powerful, glorious, awesome and straight up scary sometimes. But He is all things good at all times. He doesn’t have emotions that react like ours. He is both loving and wrathful at the same time. He gives mercy and wrath in the same breath. This is hard to understand and that’s ok. He is God, beyond our comprehension and His ways are greater than our ways. This song is meant to glory in these tough truths. It is ok to adore Him and fear Him. In fact we are commanded to do both. We are commanded to do both, Proverbs 9:10, Deuteronomy 6:5. The adoring part seems to be easier most the time. But as we meditate on Gods Word and wrestle with some hard truths then we are practicing as we ought to. When we begin to see God as He is more, then you can’t help but have a healthy fear. But then we get to draw close to Him because of Christ, and that is oh so sweet. He is ours and we are His. He delights in His children and we savor Him. And the song doesn’t stop there. With these big mighty and weighty truths, what do we do with them? If Gods Word is being understood correctly then it should inspire action. Just like God loves in action, so should we. We have a job to do. Our job has to do with the body of Christ as a whole. Not just the local church but globally. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Adore and Tremble

 

 

The Comfort Song (acoustic chronicles)

I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. But this is one of the songs I had the pleasure of writing the lyrics to with some friends of mine. Here they are in full.

The Comfort Song

Blest be to God, Father of Jesus Christ, Prophet, Priest and King

Lord of mercies, God of all comfort, in all our sufferings

(Chorus)

Oh Lord, may it be to Me, as You would have it be

 

Knowing this pain and tasting this bitterness, from the hand of God

He has made us, a comfort to those in need, as He has been to us

(Chorus)

 

He delivered us from such a peril, and He will again

On Him we’ve set a hope for deliverance, in Him our hope rests

(Chorus)

End:

For Your praise!

 

Most of this song was written from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 and Luke 1:38. It is a song proclaiming the comfort that God gives us in times of need. Not only that, but, as we have experienced that comfort, we to give that comfort to others. What are we talking about when we say comfort? Comfort in this context is not defined as we usually hear this word. It is the kind of comfort that gives us peace and confidence in Christ alone. The kind of comfort that enables us to feel hopeful, victorious and even joyful in the midst of suffering. How? Because we know that even hard times are in the will of God for our ultimate good and His glory. God will make all things beautiful in its time, Ecc 3:11. And as we give this kind of comfort to Gods children then this allows them to cling to Christ that much more. This is one of the blessings of grace that God has given to His children. It was never meant to be just you and God. We are to take part in each others lives as to encourage one another in Christ. That’s called “the Church”. The song goes on to explain how God has already saved those who believe in Him in an eternal sense with His work on the cross (Justification). But He continues to help us and refine us with each waking day (Sanctification). And one day He has promised to come back for us and that is what we set our hope on. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: The Comfort Song

 

In Christ Alone (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. This is the last song on this album and the last two songs on this album are unique because I didn’t use old hymn words nor did I write them myself, but used newer contemporary lyrics to then write my own tunes over them. This one is the words by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty of the famous worship song, “In Christ Alone”. I still play the original for corporate worship services but had fun revamping these words to my tune. Here’s my version in full.

 In Christ Alone 

In Christ alone our hope is found, our Cornerstone, our solid ground

He is our light our strength our song, firm through the fiercest drought and storm

In Christ alone, who took of flesh, this gift of love and righteousness

Fullness of God in helpless babe, scorned by the ones He came to save.

(Chorus 1)

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled when striving cease!

Our comforter, Our all in all, here in the love of Christ we stand

 

There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth, in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, from life’s first cry to final breath

This is the power of Christ in me, Jesus commands my destiny

 

(Chorus 2)

Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ we live

And as He stands in victory, sins curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ

               

No guilt in life, no fear in death, from life’s first cry to final breath

This is the power of Christ in me, Jesus commands my destiny

 

(Chorus 3) 2x

No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck us from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ we stand

 

I had to revamp the original words structurally so the rimes landed right. And I changed most of the first person phrasing (me and I) to congregational (us and we) setting. This is one of my favorite newer hymns. I didn’t change anything because I thought it was insufficient, I just loved these lyrics so much that I wanted to be able to sing them more and in a different way. This song is so heavily biblically saturated that I’ll have to give a simplified explanation here. But it is a beautiful song on the work Christ did for us on the cross and our future hope in him!

The first verse really sums up the whole song, “In Christ alone our hope is found, our cornerstone, our solid ground”. I could teach a whole sermon on just this first line. But the song does a great job at expounding on this point. First verse drives home the point of Christ being everything and all to us because He has done all things for His Children. The first chorus dives into the fact that Jesus is our safety, peace, joy and satisfaction. The second verse begins the journey of Christ and the cross. I love this because the song never assumes we know all the glorious truths of the Gospel. This is something I’ve been doing for many years because even when we know the Gospel, we so easily forget. The second chorus continues with Christ death and resurrection.  The last verse and last chorus talk our standing in the view of Jesus. We are His and nothing can take that away! God is good!

Here are some scripture references if you want to go deeper, and you should:  ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   · 

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Did Christ O’r Sinners Weep (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The lyrics are from an old hymn, revamped to fit my melody and set to a song I created. The original hymn was written by Benjamin Beddome in 1780. Here’s my version in full.

Did Christ O’r Sinners Weep 

Did Christ over sinners weep, and shall our cheeks be dry?

Let floods of rules and grief, burst forth from every eye

Behold the Son of God in tears, the angels wondering see.

O my soul, He shed those tears for me e ee e

(Chorus)

He wept, that we might weep, each sin demands a tear.

In heaven, alone no sin is found, and there’s no weeping there.

 

Joy beams in every eye, and fills each holy heart

All join to sound the trumpet high, in praise to bear their part

In praise to bear their part, in praise to bear their part,

In praise to bear their part.

(Chorus)

 

This is a fun song. It’s different thematically than even the hymns I chose to do. It’s a serious topic but also one that believers can find joy in. The song starts with the fact that Jesus himself, while a man on earth, wept over sin and loss. And that’s how much we need to make of sin. It breaks our communion with God and hurts us. This is why it’s so tragic. God isn’t giving us rules and has “created” sin because He’s a mean unjust God. Quite the contrary. God didn’t create sin, in fact, sin isn’t a created thing. It is literally the breaking of Gods law. It is darkness being brought in from opposing His will. Sin isn’t tangible. The effects are but sin is disunion with the perfect and holy Creator.

But Christ has fixed this. He has put death in its grave and now those whom He’s chosen have now believed and will be in glory with Christ forever!

Scripture references are Psalm 51, Psalm 119:136, Jeremiah 1:9, Joel 2:17, Matthew 23:37, Luke 19:41-42, Romans 2:4, Philippians 3:18

Listen to song and download album here!

Thy Will Be Done (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The lyrics are from an old hymn, revamped to fit my melody and set to a song I created. The original hymn was written by Charlotte Elliott written in 1834. Here’s my version in full.

Thy Will Be Done

My God, my Father, while I stray, far from my home in life’s rough way,

O teach me from my heart to say,

“Thy will be done.”

Though dark my path, and sad my lot, let me be still and worry not,

Or breath the prayer Divinely taught,

“Thy will be done.”

Let but my fainting heart be blest, with Your sweet Spirit for its Guest,

My God, to You I leave the rest;

“Thy will be done.”

Renew my will from day to day, blend it with Yours, and take away

All that now makes it hard to say,

“Thy will be done.”

This hymn is really a prayer. It is asking for Gods strength to align our desires, wills, and whole lives with His. It is a constant struggle as our mortal flesh wants everything opposed to Gods will. The song starts with a very relatable (at least to me) confession of, “I am far from you, and feel it”. I am living a life of hardships and need to trust in You. Then the song moves to a complete resting in Gods love.  Totally surrendering to Him. Then the last verse is a prayer to continue to keep me close and right minded. It’s a really great song lyrically and a fun tune God gave me to put to it.

There’s many verses to read about this topic in Scriture, here are a few:

Psalm 143:10, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 26:42, Luke 11:2, Luke 15:11-24, Luke 22:42, Acts 21:14, 1 Corinthians 10:10, Hebrews 10:36

Listen to song and download album here!