Songs & Scripture: “We Praise Your Name” (Trent Cory)

 

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The Midtown Bridge Church about to start its Easter service in the park at Atlantic Station, Easter, 2013. Taken by me.

When I found my home church, the Midtown Bridge Church, I found a community that treasures its diversity and values that because it reflects the local neighborhood.  Should that be the entire foundation of a church? Absolutely not. A church needs to hold to biblical principles first and foremost, and not exist solely as diversity club.  But especially in geographical areas where racism sadly still rears its ugly head (like in Atlanta), I think it makes sense for a church to make that a (not the) pillar of its mission. And I would argue that fighting for that diversity is biblical especially in those areas. 

Which brings me to the song I selected for my Songs & Scripture post: We Praise Your Name.  Something my church (and small group) does to acknowledge and encourage its intercultural congregation is singing a large variety of worship song styles– from hymns to Hillsong to gospel.  I’ll admit, when I first went to this church, gospel style music made my ultra-white-Vermont-self uncomfortable.  I still love hymns, but gospel has grown on me and I feel blessed to have learned a new style of music to worship my God. My church sings this song often, and I love the fact that Trent Cory, who wrote & sings this song in the video below, is also part of a racially diverse church! Such a refreshing (and sadly not common enough!) blend of music styles in this song.  I hope you enjoy it!

We Praise Your Name
Words and Music by Trent Cory
CCLI#:  5305719

Holy, Holy, Father You are Holy, (Psalm 68:5John 17:11)
There is no one else like You, (2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Psalm 86:8Jeremiah 10:6)
Faithful, Faithful, Father You are Faithful, (Deuteronomy 7:91 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 10:23)
We have put our trust in You, (Psalm 31:14Psalm 52:8Psalm 62:8, Proverbs 3:5)
Our God who reigns, (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Psalm 22:28, Psalm 47:8, Isaiah 66:1, Revelation 5:13)
We praise Your name, (1 Chronicles 29:13Psalm 44:8)

Praise to the only living God, (2 Samuel 22:47Jeremiah 10:10, Revelation 1:17-18)
Praise to the Holy, Faithful one, (Psalm 71:22, Isaiah 49:7, Revelation 3:7)
Hallelujah, We praise Your name, (see above)
There is freedom to dance, in Your presence, (2 Samuel 6:14, Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, Jeremiah 31:13)
Freedom to walk, in liberty (Luke 4:18-192 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1, 13, 1 Peter 2:16
Hallelujah, We praise Your name (see above)

Hallelujah (3x), We praise Your name

With love,

Lauren

Stirring, we’ll lure you in and we’ll make room for the shade of skin
Short ones, tall ones, skinny ones, bigger, love is the gun and we pullin’ that trigger
So you send me and I’ll send you hope in the form of a new tattoo
Mine is the shiny city on a hill and yours, of course, is the colors that fill it

–Lyric Excerpt from “Diverse City”, by TobyMac

3 thoughts on “Songs & Scripture: “We Praise Your Name” (Trent Cory)”

  1. I have enjoyed your scripture references to the hymn ” Take My And Let It Be” I am asking for your permission to use them for the original lyrics I had downloaded for a devotional study and maybe give it to someone to use for their own devotion time unto the Lord. Also, I had found that she had written a hymn commentary book to this song. She never saw it published before her death. It is called “Kept For The Master’s Use” Here is the website address that has the book online where you can read it. baptistbiblebelievers.com. You can look it up by the name of the book and read it their.

    God Bless

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