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
CCLI#7047433
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: “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!

Devo thoughts: Who are you boasting about?

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” – 2 Corinthians 10:17-18

This is not a full Songs & Scripture post (though I probably will eventually do one for this song!) , but I read this passage in my devotions this morning and immediately thought of this song. Have a blessed morning!

New name!

Photo credit: Jonathan Liedtke, sxc.hu
I want to worship by lifting up my life.
Photo credit: Jonathan Liedtke, sxc.hu

I have changed the name of the blog to “Like Incense” to better reflect what I am trying to do here, and with my life as a whole.

After posting the Songs & Scripture post on “Like Incense/Sometimes by Step” I was reflecting that the reason I love that song so much is that the heart cry of the song is the heart cry of my life (see that post here).

Deeper even than honest prayer or lifting of hands (Psalm 141:2), I am to follow in the footsteps of Jesus by walking in love, which He did to the uttermost by sacrificing His life for mine, which was the ultimate fragrant offering to God (Ephesians 5:2). That is what true worship is.