Songs & Scripture: The River (Jordan Feliz)

This song brings to mind some amazing baptism services I’ve been a part of where the church is all singing as our new brother or sister comes out of the water and the joy of the Lord seizes our hearts! Does this not make you long for more to come to know God’s amazing grace? Not only does this song bring to mind coming to the Lord for the first time and being washed into Jesus’ righteousness, but as we come to the Lord in prayer daily he continues to sanctify our hearts and change us more into His image.

I will say that this song is more vague than I like. Like a lot of CCM, it never mentions “sin” or “evil,” only stains and troubles (“mistakes” is a common one used in a lot of other songs), therefore how can we rejoice fully if we do not understand what we are given mercy for? But I still really benefited from looking up all the river references in the Scriptures and do not believe anything is inherently incorrect in this song. Plus, I love the music– it is unique & talented.

The River
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Jordan Feliz

I know a place
Where we can go
To lay the troubles down eating your soul (Psalm 63:1, Psalm 143:6, Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:17, 1 John 5:3)
I know a place
Where mercy flows (Ezekiel 47:1, Psalm 46:4, Psalm 87:7)
Take the stains make you whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7, Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 7:14)

Like a tide it is rising up
Deep inside
A current that moves and makes you come alive
Living water (Psalm 36:9, Isaiah 55:1, Zechariah 14:8, John 4:10, John 4:14 John 7:37-38, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:1, Revelation 22:17)
That brings the dead to life (Ephesians 2:1-6, Colossians 2:12-14)

We’re goin down to the river (2 Samuel 16:14, Psalm 46:4, Isaiah 55:1, Joel 3:18, Zechariah 14:8, Matthew 3:6, Mark 1:5, Mark 1:8)
Down to the river
Down to the river to pray (Matthew 3:11, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19)
Let’s get washed by the water (1 Peter 3:21, Revelation 22:14)
Washed by the water
And rise up in amazing grace (Isaiah 12:3, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Titus 3:5)
Let’s go down, down, down to the river
You will leave changed (2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:4-5)
Let’s go down, down, down to the river
Never the same (2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:4-5)

I’ve seen it move
In my own life
Took me from dusty roads into Paradise (Isaiah 32:2, Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 44:3, Revelation 22:14)
All of my dirt (Isaiah 64:6, Zechariah 3:3-5, 1 Peter 3:21)
All of my shame (Isaiah 59:12-13, 1 Peter 3:21, Revelation 3:18)
Drowned in the streams that have made me born again (John 3:3-7, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:3-6)

 

Songs & Scripture: Thy Will (Hillary Scott)

“Thy Will,” written & sung by Lady Antebellum’s lead singer Hillary Scott was inspired after a tragedy struck. I love this song because it brings the question of how to trust God as a Christian during times of suffering. May the verses I found in my study help you renew your faith and joy in the Lord as they helped me.

Thy Will
Written by Hillary Scott, Bernie Herms, & Emily Lynn Weisband

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I’m so confused (Proverbs 3:5-7, Luke 24:38, 1 Corinthians 14:33)
I know I heard You loud and clear (1 Samuel 3:10, 1 Kings 19:12-13, Isaiah 30:19-21, Acts 9:4-5, Acts 11:12, Acts 13:2, Acts 16:6-7)
So, I followed through (John 14:15, 2 John 1:6, Revelation 14:12)
Somehow I ended up here (Isaiah 30:20, 2 Timothy 2:9, 2 Timothy 3:12)
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand (John 13:7, 1 Corinthians 13:12)
That my broken heart is a part of Your plan (Genesis 50:20, Proverbs 17:3, Isaiah 30:20, Isaiah 48:10, Hosea 6:1, Zechariah 13:9, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:17, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Philippians 1:12, Hebrews 5:8, James 5:10-11, 1 Peter 2:19-20, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:12-13)
When I try to pray (Romans 8:26-27)
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words (Matthew 6:10)

Thy will be done (Psalm 31:5, Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42, John 4:34, John 5:30, John 6:38, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:19)
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know You’re good (Exodus 34:6, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 52:1, Psalm 52:9, Psalm 119:68, James 1:17)
But this don’t feel good right now (Psalm 39:12, Psalm 61:1)
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about (Deuteronomy 29:29, Job 26:14, Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 55:8-9)
It’s hard to count it all joy (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6)
Distracted by the noise (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises* (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Sometimes I gotta stop (Psalm 46:10)
Remember that You’re God (OT: Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 4:29, Deuteronomy 4:35, Deuteronomy 4:39, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy 10:17, Deuteronomy 32:29, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:60, 2 Kings 5:15, 2 Kings 19:15, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 18:31, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 136:3, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 37:16, Isaiah 37:20, Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 45:21, Isaiah 46:9, Daniel 2:47, Hosea 13:4, Joel 2:27, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 14:9. NT: Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 5:17-18, John 17:3, John 8:58, John 10:33, John 12:15, John 18:37, John 20:28, Acts 10:36, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Timothy 6:14-16, Titus 2:13, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 22:13)
And I am not (Job 2:9-10, Psalm 100:3, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
So

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is (Psalm 131:2)
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me (1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 10:14, Psalm 33:13, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 56:8, Psalm 139:1-3, Proverbs 15:11, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:13, Hebrews 4:16)
I know You hear me, Lord (Psalm 66:17-20, Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 30:19, Matthew 7:7, John 9:31, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 3:12, 1 Peter 5:7, 1 John 5:14)
Your plans are for me (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:31-32)
Goodness You have in store (Job 19:25, Job 23:10, Psalm 31:19, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 66:10-12, Ecclesiastes 8:12, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 25:34, Luke 12:32, Romans 8:18, Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 11:16, James 1:12, James 5:11, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 1 Peter 5:4, 1 Peter 5:10, Revelation 2:10)
(repeat x 1)
So

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord

Is Musical Worship Necessary to the Church?

Is musical worship necessary to us as Christians?

According to Scripture, worship is not just singing/musical, but should be your whole life:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2  English Standard Version (ESV)

However, I’ve heard some say based on this verse:

  • “Music has nothing to do with worship.”
  • “Music is not necessary to worship God.”
  • “Not everyone worships musically.”
  • “Musical worship isn’t necessary to the church”

I’ll fully admit, just because you’re singing a worship song does not mean you are worshiping. Have you ever looked around a Sunday morning service at sad, empty, apathetic faces all singing words they don’t mean? If you haven’t, I pray you never experience such a soul-crushing experience. You can bet that the Lord is saddened by this, too:

And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men…

Isaiah 29:13   English Standard Version (ESV)

But I’d like to push back a little and say that I believe MUSICAL worship IS a pillar of the Church’s worship.

Just a few verses I’ve looked at:

 

And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

2 Samuel 6:5 (ESV)

But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him.

2 Kings 3:15 (ESV)

when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Job 38:7 (ESV)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

Psalm 5:11 (ESV)

I will be glad and exult in you;  I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:2 (ESV)

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

Psalm 33:3 (ESV)

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,    

O God of my salvation,    

and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

Psalm 51:14 (ESV)

But I will sing of your strength;

I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.

For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59:16 (ESV)

My lips will shout for joy,

    when I sing praises to you;

    my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psalm 71:12 (ESV) 

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Psalm 95:1 (ESV)

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

Psalm 105:1-2 (ESV)

And when they [Jesus and the disciples] had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 26:30 (ESV)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Acts 16:25 (ESV)

and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”

Romans 15:9 (ESV)

What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (ESV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Ephesians 5:19 (ESV)

saying,

“I will tell of your name to my brothers;

    in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

Hebrews 2:12 (ESV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

James 5:13 (ESV)

 

There is a mystery to why God has music exist but I believe based on these verses that it is to be a habit of the Church to regularly worship musically.

Songs & Scripture: First (Hank Bentley, Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Mia Fieldes, Paul Mabury)

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

First
Authors: Hank Bentley, Jason Ingram,Lauren Daigle, Mia Fieldes, Paul Mabury
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Before I lift my cares (Psalm 55:22, Matthew 6:25, 1 Peter 5:7)
I will lift my arms (Psalm 63:3-4, Psalm 134:1-2, Psalm 134:6, Psalm 141:1-2, 1 Timothy 2:8)
I want to know You (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 24:7, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:18, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 John 2:13, 1 John 3:6, 1 John 4:6-7)
I want to find You (1 Chronicles 28:9, 2 Chronicles 15:2-4, Psalm 32:6, Isaiah 55:6, Jeremiah 29:12-13)
In every season (Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Philippians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 4:2)
In every moment (Mark 13:33, Luke 18:1, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2)
Before I bring my need (see above references)
I will bring my heart (see above references)
And seek You (Deuteronomy 4:29, 1 Kings 3:11-14, 1 Chronicles 22:19, Psalm 119:2, Psalm 119:10, Isaiah 45:19, Isaiah 55:6, Jeremiah 29:12-13, Daniel 9:3, Hosea 3:5, Amos 5:4, Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9, Romans 2:29, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:18, Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 6:6, Colossians 3:22, 1 Thessalonians 2:4)
[Chorus:]
First (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31)
I want to seek You (x2)
First
I want to keep You (x2)
First
More than anything I want, I want You (Isaiah 26:9; Luke 17:33)
First
Before I speak a word (Psalm 34:13, Psalm 37:30, Psalm 39:1, Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 12:17-19, Proverbs 12:22, Proverbs 15:1-2, Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 15:7, Proverbs 15:23, Proverbs 17:27-28, Proverbs 18:6-8, Proverbs 18:20-21, Proverbs 25:11, Proverbs 29:20, Matthew 6:8, Matthew 12:33-37, Matthew 15:11, Ephesians 4:29, Titus 3:1-3, James 1:19-20, James 1:26, James 2:12-17, 1 Peter 3:10)
Let me hear Your voice (Numbers 7:89, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 1 Kings 3:11-14, 1 Kings 19:11-13, Psalm 29:3-8, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 30:21, Isaiah 55:3, Isaiah 65:4, Jeremiah 33:3, Luke 11:28, John 8:47, John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 16:13, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 1:1-2, Hebrew 3:7-8, Revelation 3:20)
And in the midst of pain (Psalm 66:10, Isaiah 48:10, Zechariah 13:9, Malachi 3:2-3, 1 Peter 1:7)
Let me feel Your joy (Psalm 4:7, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 21:6, Psalm 30:5, Psalm 51:8, Psalm 51:12, Ecclesiastes 2:26, Jeremiah 15:16, Jeremiah 31:13, Habbukuk 3:17-18, Matthew 5:12, John 16:20, Acts 5:41, Galatians 5:22-23, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6, 1 Peter 4:12-13)
Oh, I want to know You
I want to find You
In every season (Psalm 1:3, Jeremiah 17:8, Mark 11:13-14, Galatians 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:2)
In every moment (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Before I speak a word (see references above)
I will bring my heart (see references above)
And seek You
x2
I seek You

[chorus repeats]

 

Story behind the song (Interview with Lauren Daigle)

Songs & Scripture: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Charles Wesley)

Did you know that angels are never recorded in Scripture as singing? If this intrigues you, I found this page by Answers In Genesis really great. At Jesus’ birth they were “praising God and proclaiming” but never exactly stated as singing. Despite this, I still think this is one of the most Scripture-rich Christmas-time worship songs.

A few versions I love– unfortunately, couldn’t find one with all the verses. Pick one to listen to while you read the Scriptures! Scripture links will open in a new tab so it won’t interrupt your listening.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley in 1739
Music Composed by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by William H. Cummings

Hark the herald angels sing (Luke 2:10)
“Glory to the newborn King! (Jeremiah 23:5; 30:9; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 2:2; 27:11; 27:37)
Peace on earth and mercy mild (Luke 2:14, Luke 1:78-79)
God and sinners reconciled” (Romans 5:11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Colossians 1:20-22; 1 John 2:2)
Joyful, all ye nations rise (Haggai 2:6-7; Revelation 21:24)
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6; Luke 2:10-11)

Refrain (after each verse)
Hark the herald angels sing (Luke 2:10)
“Glory to the newborn King! (Jeremiah 23:5; 30:9; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 2:2; 27:11; 27:37)

Christ by highest heav’n adored (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:13)
Christ the everlasting Lord! (Revelation 22:12-13)
Late in time behold Him come (Galatians 4:4)
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38)
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 10:20)
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell (John 1:14; Romans 1:3; 8:3; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7-8; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9-11; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 John 1:7; Revelation 22:16)
Jesus, our Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:4-5)
Hail the Sun(or “Son” *see verse for why could go either way*) of Righteousness! (Malachi 4:2)
Light and life to all He brings (John 1:4-5; 8:12; 10:10; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 John 1:7)
Ris’n with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2)
Mild He lays His glory by (John 17:5, 24; Philippians 2:6-8)
Born that man no more may die (Genesis 2:15-17; John 5:21; John 6:40; John 6:44; John 6:50-51; John 8:51; John 11:25-26; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:12; 18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21; 1 John 3:14)
Born to raise the sons of earth (Matthew 22:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:35-57)
Born to give them second birth (John 1:13; 3:3, 6; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3, 23)

Come, Desire of nations, come, (Haggai 2:6-7 KJV)
Fix in us Thy humble home; (Ephesians 3:17; Romans 8:9)
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed, (Genesis 3:15 KJV)
Bruise in us the serpent’s head. (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20)
Now display Thy saving pow’r, (Ephesians 3:16; 6:10; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Timothy 2:1)
Ruined nature now restore; (Romans 6:6; 12:2; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10; Romans 12:2)
Now in mystic union join (Ephesians 5:31-32; 1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 6:5)
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine. (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface, (Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:22)
Stamp Thine image in its place: (Genesis 1:26-27; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:23-24)
Second Adam from above, (Romans 5:12-18; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49)
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain, (Ezekiel 34:11; 34;16; Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4; Luke 19:10; Philippians 3:8-11)
Thee, the Life, the inner man: (John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16; 1 John 5:11-12; 1 Peter 3:4)
Oh, to all Thyself impart, (Jeremiah 31:34; Habakkuk 2:14; Philippians 3:8-11)
Formed in each believing heart. (Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:27; 3:10)

Thanks to JoyfulHeart.Com’s post for starting me on finding many of these Scriptures!

Merry Christmas!

Songs & Scripture: Cornerstone & My Hope is Built On Nothing Less

It is impossible to do a Songs & Scripture post on Cornerstone (Hillsong) without doing one of the original hymn My Hope is Built on Nothing Less by Edward Mote. I hope you enjoy this double post!

Cornerstone
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Written By: Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, and William Batchelder Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Than Jesus blood and righteousness (John 6:53-54, Romans 3:21-23, Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:4-6)
I dare not trust the sweetest frame (Psalm 103:14 KJV, Isaiah 29:16 KJV, Hebrews 11:3, KJV, 1 John 2:15-17)
But wholly trust in Jesus name (John 20:31, Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, 1 Timothy 2:5)
(x3)

[Chorus:]
Christ alone; cornerstone (Psalm 118:22-23, Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17-18, Acts 4:11, Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6-8)
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love (Ezekiel 34:16, 1 Corinthians 1:25-27, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Hebrews 11:34)
Through the storm, He is Lord (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face (Job 13:24, Psalm 13:1, Psalm 27:9, Psalm 30:7, Psalm 44:24, Psalm 69:17, Psalm 88:14, Psalm 102:2, Psalm 104:29, psalm 139:11-12, Psalm 143:7, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:2)
I rest on His unchanging grace (Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 4:16, 1 Peter 5:10, James 1:17)
In every high and stormy gale (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
My anchor holds within the veil (x2) (Hebrews 6:19 KJV)

[chorus repeats x 2]

When He shall come with trumpet sound, (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 10:7, Revelation 11:15)
Oh, may I then in Him be found; (Philippians 3:9)
Dressed in His righteousness alone, (Psalm 132:9, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 61:10, Zechariah 3:3-5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:9, Revelation 19:8, Revelation 22:14)
Faultless stand before the throne. (Ephesians 3:12, Ephesians 5:25-32, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, Revelation 7:14, Revelation 19:7-9)

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Written by: Edward Mote (in 1834!)

My hope is built on nothing less (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. (John 6:53-54, Romans 3:21-23, Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:4-6)
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, (Psalm 103:14 KJV, Isaiah 29:16 KJV, Hebrews 11:3, KJV, 1 John 2:15-17)
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name. (John 20:31, Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, 1 Timothy 2:5)

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, (Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:47-48, 1 Corinthians 10:4)
All other ground is sinking sand (x2) (Matthew 7:26-27, Luke 6:49)

When darkness seems to hide His face, (Job 13:24, Psalm 13:1, Psalm 27:9, Psalm 30:7, Psalm 44:24, Psalm 69:17, Psalm 88:14, Psalm 102:2, Psalm 104:29, psalm 139:11-12, Psalm 143:7, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:2)
I rest on His unchanging grace. (Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 4:16, 1 Peter 5:10, James 1:17)
In every high and stormy gale, (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
My anchor holds within the veil. (Hebrews 6:19)

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood, (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 15:22, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:20)
Support me in the whelming flood. (Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:47-48)
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay. (Ephesians 1:12, Colossians 1:27, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 3:15)

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound, (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 10:7, Revelation 11:15)
Oh may I then in Him be found. (Philippians 3:9)
Dressed in His righteousness alone, (Psalm 132:9, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 61:10, Zechariah 3:3-5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:9, Revelation 19:8, Revelation 22:14)
Faultless to stand before the throne. (Ephesians 3:12, Ephesians 5:25-32, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, Revelation 7:14, Revelation 19:7-9)

Refrain

Related posts:

Cornerstone–Explained–really great explanation of “I dare not trust the sweetest frame” lyric
What does it mean that Jesus is the cornerstone?

My anchor holds within the veil— excellent post by Joy In the Wilderness on the meaning of this line
Worship Together: Cornerstone

 

Sorry it’s been so long since the last post!! I am working on several behind the scenes. You should see some more posts in the next few months!

Songs & Scripture: Thrive (Mark Hall & Matthew West)

angel oak 2Hello friends, it has been a while since my last Songs & Scripture post. I heard this one on the radio a few weeks ago and it really encouraged me so I was inspired to dig through my Bible again and find the related passages. Also, check out the amazing “Angel Oak” photo above, that tree is thought to be as old as 1,400 years old! What an example of a thriving tree like we see in Psalm 1 & Jeremiah 17!

Thrive
Written By: Mark Hall and Matthew West
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Here in this worn and weary land (Jeremiah 17:5-6)
Where many a dream has died (Proverbs 13:12)

Like a tree planted by the water (Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through (Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13, John 4:10-14, John 7:38, Revelation 7:17)
God we thirst for more of You (Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 143:6, Matthew 5:6, John 4:15)
Fill our hearts and flood our souls (Psalm 81:10, Matthew 12:35, Luke 6:45-46, John 7:38, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:18, Colossians 2:2)
With one desire

Just to know You and (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8-10)
To make You known (Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35, Galatians 6:10)
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide (2 Samuel 22:29, Job 12:22, Psalm 18:28, Psalm 112:4, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 42:16, John 1:4-5, John 8:12, John 12:46, Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 1:5)
We know we were made for so much more (Esther 4:14)
Than ordinary lives (Ephesians 1:4, Colossians 3:23-24)
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive (John 10:10, John 16:33, Philippians 4:11-13)

Into Your word we’re digging deep (Deuteronomy 29:29, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
To know our Father’s heart (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:10)

Into the world we’re reaching out (Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:13-14, 1 Peter 3:15)
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8)
Faith unsinkable (Matthew 14:30-31)*
Love unstoppable (Romans 8:31-39, 1 Corinthians 13)
Anything is possible (Genesis 18:14, Job 42:2, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27, Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 4:12-13)

*I realize that this verse seems contradictory to the song, but think about it– our faith is unsinkable because of Who we place our faith in, not because of our faith staying strong in our own power.
Related Posts:
Mark Hall’s Devotional Thoughts on Thriving
An Ordinary Life? –Shane Sander posts some really helpful thoughts on what ordinary should mean to us, and in this song