Living Water (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 W.V. Miller called “The Well of Living Water”.  Here is my version in full.

Living Water

Oh this well of, living water springing up within my, soul

Gives me blessed, satisfaction while the changing seasons, roll

And in Jesus, love rejoicing still a song of praise I, bring

For the blessed, gift of Heaven for this ever-living, spring

(Chorus)

For this well of living water

That is flowing now for me,

Songs of praise and adoration,

Blessed Lord, I bring to Thee.

 

The depths unknown is so flowing from the depths of Jesus, love

It was purchased, by the Savior gift divine from Heaven, above

He alone can give this water, “Whosoever will may, come,”

Quench his thirst from, this pure fountain and from Jesus never, roam

(Chorus)

 

So the blessed, news I’m spreading of this dear life-giving, spring

Ever pure and, free is rushing as my Savior’s love I, sing

It is flowing, ever flowing in this grateful heart of, mine

And my tongue shall tell the gladness of this matchless grace, divine

(Chorus)

 

This is another theme that we don’t sing a lot about but it’s a beautiful illustration that Jesus Himself uses to describe His coming salvation. A couple verses that reference this theme, John 4:4-6, John 7:37-39. But what is being talked about is a theme throughout the entire bible. Jesus isn’t saying that once you become a Christian you’re not thirsty anymore, or that you won’t need drinking water ever again. Christ is comparing the importance of our physical need for water and how it brings life to everything that is living. Jesus takes it a step further and says, “the water I am offering will give everlasting life”. Not just the temporal hydration we receive here in this life but a symbolic eternal life-giving drink. Jesus Himself drank a cup, sacrificing Himself for the world that believes in Him. Now He is able to offer a different cup to anyone who would receive it. A cup that is acceptable to God and when you drink, you are saved and alive forever! I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Living Water

 

Illuminate Within (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 Charles Wesley called “I Want a Principle Within”.  Here is my version in full.

Illuminate Within

I want a life within of watchful, Godly fear,

A sensitivity of sin, a pain to feel it near.

And when I begin to feel these most, prideful wrong desire,

To stop the wandering of my will, and stomp the starting fire.

(Chorus)

Illuminate within, the fear of my own sin.

Illuminate that fear, and keep me drawing near

 

I want to stray from You no more, no more Your goodness grieve,

Grant me the loving awe, I pray, the tender conscience give.

Be quick to act in my mind, O God, my conscience make;

Awake my soul when sin is near, and keep it still awake.

(Chorus)

 Bridge:

Awake my soul when sin is near and

Keep it still awake.

 

Almighty God of truth and love, to me Your power impart;

The mountain from my soul remove, the hardness from my heart.

O may the least excluded pain, my reawakened soul,

And drive me to that blood again, which makes the wounded whole.

(Chorus)

 

I heard about this hymn from a sermon I was listening to once. The pastor referenced it, read a few lines from it and then said, “I wish we could hear words like these being sung in our worship services more”. After hearing those words, I agreed. It is a very unique lyrically and very biblical. It is a prayer that every Christian needs to pray each day, a constant practice of purity and sanctification. We can find this theme throughout the entire bible but here are a few scripture references. Proverbs 4:27, Proverbs 7:2, Acts 24:16, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Timothy 3:9.

So what does all this mean? We are asking God to make big, the sins in our life. From the biggest to the smallest sins, we need to be aware of and sensitive to, in order to be able to put our sins to death through the power of the Holy Spirit inside those who believe. There’s an old saying, be killing sin or sin will be killing you, and that’s true. This isn’t a legalistic action of attempting to reach salvation from our works, but reacting to Christ’ work on the cross with a life honorable to Him. We are called to action and it must start from within. Jesus put death in its grave when He rose from the dead. Now His children will never taste the sting of death, but instead, will begin to truly live when these temporary bodies fade away. Justification is a one-time thing, of Christ making us right, or Just before God, and sanctification is a continual thing happening each day and every moment. I pray this song helps these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.

Listen to song here: Illuminate Within

 

 

 

 

 

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 ask for strength in God. The hope and strength that comes 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

 

 

 

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 an eternal perspective. We weren’t meant for this world ultimately. God created His children for eternity with Him. This life is merely 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 of 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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