Songs & Scripture: “Blessed Be The Name of the Lord” (Matt Redman)

I know this song isn’t exactly new, but I’ve been working on it for the last several months. I love this version too! Enjoy!

Blessed Be Your Name
Written By: Matt Redman and Beth Redman
CCLI #: 3798438

Blessed Be Your Name (Job 1:21)
In the land that is plentiful (Job 1:3, James 1:17)
Where Your streams of abundance flow (Job 1:10, Philippians 4:11-13)
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name (Job 1:21)
When I’m found in the desert place (Habakkuk 3:17-18, Philippians 4:11-13)
Though I walk through the wilderness (Numbers 32:13, Deuteronomy 1:30-31, Deuteronomy 8:2, 15-16, 1 Samuel 23:14, Psalm 78:52, Psalm 136:16, Hosea 13:5, Matthew 4:1)
Blessed Be Your name

[BRIDGE:]
Every blessing You pour out (Genesis 24:35, Deuteronomy 7:13, Deuteronomy 8:17-18, Deuteronomy 30:9, Job 1:1-5,10, Job 42:12, Ecclesiastes 5:19, Psalm 127:3, Malachi 3:10, Isaiah 44:3, James 1:17)
I’ll turn back to praise (Psalm 41:13, Psalm 103:22, Psalm 145:21, Psalm 150:6, Acts 2:46-47, Acts 16:34)
When the darkness closes in, Lord (Job 1:13-22, Job 30:26, Psalm 88:15, Psalm 143:3, Isaiah 45:7, Isaiah 59:9, Isaiah 60:2, Lamentations 3:2,6, Micah 7:8, Acts 16:25)
Still I will say (Job 1:20, Job 13:15, Psalm 34:1, Lamentations 3:21-33, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, James 1:12, James 5:11)

[CHORUS:]
Blessed be the name of the Lord (Genesis 9:26, Genesis 14:20, Genesis 24:27, Exodus 18:10, Ruth 4:14, 1 Samuel 25:32,39, 2 Samuel 22:47, 1 Kings 1:48, 1 Kings 8:15,56, 1 Chronicles 16:36, 2 Chronicles 2:12, 2 Chronicles 6:4, 2 Chronicles 9:8, Ezra 7:27, Job 1:21, Psalm 18:46, Psalm 28:6, Psalm 31:21, Psalm 41:13, Psalm 68:19,35, Psalm 72:17-19, Psalm 89:52, Psalm 103:22, Psalm 106:48, Psalm 113:2, Psalm 118:26, Psalm 135:21, Psalm 144:1, Psalm 145:21, Ezekiel 3:12, Daniel 2:20, Daniel 3:28, Matthew 21:9, Matthew 23:39, Mark 11:9, Luke 1:68, Luke 13:35, Luke 19:38, John 12:13, 2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, 1 Peter 1:3)
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name (1 Chronicles 29:13, Nehemiah 9:5, Psalm 66:2, Psalm 72:19, Isaiah 63:14)

Blessed be Your name (Job 1:21)
When the sun’s shining down on me (Psalm 84:11, Psalm 113:3, Ecclesiastes 11:7, Malachi 4:2, Matthew 5:45)
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’ (Job 1:1-5)
Blessed be Your name (Ecclesiastes 5:19, James 1:17)

Blessed be Your name (Job 1:21)
On the road marked with suffering (Job 13:15, Acts 5:41, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 1:5, Philippians 1:29, Philippians 3:8,10, 2 Timothy 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:3, 2 Timothy 4:5, 1 Peter 2:19, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 1 Peter 5:9)
Though there’s pain in the offering (Job 1:20, Psalm 51:17)
Blessed be Your name (Job 2:10, Lamentations 3:38)

[BRIDGE REPEATS]
[CHORUS REPEATS x2]

You give and take away (Job 1:21, Philippians 4:11-13)
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say (Joshua 24:15)
Lord, blessed be Your name

Other helpful verses in light of this song:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
–Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
–Psalm 115:3 (ESV)

Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?
–Isaiah 40:13-14 (ESV)

“Now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.”
–1 Corinthians 13:2 (ESV)

Related Posts:
Worship Together: Blessed Be Your Name
Crosswalk.com: What Are We Singing: Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

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Songs & Scripture: Beautiful Things (Michael and Lisa Gungor)

Photo by Laura Shreck
Photo by Laura Shreck

My favorite lyrics in this song are at almost the end: You make me new, you are making me new! How amazing and true that is. God makes us new creations in Christ!

Beautiful Things
Written by Michael and Lisa Gungor
CCLI#: 5665521
(c) 2009 worshiptogether.com songs

All this pain (Psalm 13:1-2, Psalm 31:9-10, Psalm 38:17, Jeremiah 4:19, Jeremiah 15:18, Jeremiah 30:15, Lamentations 2:11, Habakkuk 1:2-4)
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way (Psalm 139:24, Matthew 7:13-14)
I wonder if my life could really change at all (Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:9-10)
All this earth (Genesis 6:5, Psalm 53:2-3, Psalm 102:18-20)
Could all that is lost ever be found (Matthew 10:39, Luke 15:3-7, Luke 15:8-10, Luke 15:32)
Could a garden come up from this ground at all (Genesis 2:8-9, Isaiah 35:1, Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 51:3, Isaiah 55:13, Isaiah 61:11, Ezekiel 36:35-36)

[Chorus:]
You make beautiful things (Genesis 1:31, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 19:1)
You make beautiful things out of the dust (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 61:3)
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us (Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15)

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground (Psalm 107:35, Isaiah 43:19, Lamentations 3:21-23, Colossians 1:5-6)
Out of chaos life is being found in You (John 1:4, 1 John 4:9, 1 John 5:11)

[chorus repeats x 2]

[Bridge:]
You make me new, You are making me new (Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10, Revelation 21:4-5)
You make me new, You are making me new

[chorus repeats]

Songs & Scripture: “Lord, I Need You” (Matt Maher)

I love the raw honesty of this song. It’s not only incredibly biblical, but I think it reflects a desperation many of us have buried in our self-sufficient culture. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I don’t feel like I really need Jesus. But this song reminds me that I do, desperately, need Him.

And yes, this is another redone hymn. 🙂

Lord, I Need You
Writer(s): Daniel Carson, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 5925687
(C) 2013 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Lord, I come, I confess (1 John 1:9)
Bowing here I find my rest (Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:29, John 14:27)
Without You I fall apart (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3)
You’re the One that guides my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)

[Chorus:]
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You (Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 86:1, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:16)
Every hour I need You
My one defense, (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1)
my righteousness (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Philippians 3:8-9)
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more (Romans 5:20-21)
Where grace is found is where You are (2 Timothy 2:1)
And where You are, Lord, I am free (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Holiness is Christ in me (John 14:23, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:27)

[chorus repeats]

Teach my song to rise to You (Psalm 33:3, Psalm 119:11)
When temptation comes my way (Matthew 6:13, Matthew 26:41, Luke 11:4, Luke 22:40, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7)
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay (1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 1 Peter 5:10)

[chorus repeats]

Credit to these sites for getting me started:
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1836138

22 Bible Verses About Temptation

http://www.openbible.info/topics/overcoming_temptation
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=1147

Related sites:
I found this blog entry great on answering the question: What exactly does “my hope and stay” mean?
http://pocketsofdreams.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/jesus-is-my-hope-and-stay/

Songs & Scripture: “Psalm 139” (Sons of Korah)

If you have ever wished you were better at memorizing Scripture, as I have, think about how many songs you can sing by heart. I can belt out the lyrics to songs I haven’t heard in years, and I bet you can too.

Sons of Korah is a group of talented musicians from Australia who have put a large majority of the Psalms to music. As a result, I have memorized a large portion of the Psalms despite my supposed inability to memorize and retain Scripture. 🙂

In my devos the other day I read Psalm 139, and I was reminded of one of my favorites of theirs based on the majority of that psalm. I hope you enjoy.

Psalm 139 (Based on Psalm 139:1-18)
CCLI# not available
Members of the Sons of Korah: Matthew Jacoby, Spike Avery, Rod Wilson, Bruce Walker, Rod Gear and Ann-Maree Keene
Note: I normally put the exact lyrics below and the Scripture references in links to the right of each line, but I felt it was more appropriate to put the Scripture and let you listen along with the song to see how it really is Scripture put to music. To see the whole Psalm including the verses not in the song, click on the link.

Psalm 139 (NIV)
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

Songs & Scripture: “Open the eyes of my heart” (Paul Baloche)

Smiling Through Her Eyes
May we all be more like children, with our eyes open and our hearts soft. (Photo credit: Michael Mistretta)

I have always understood this song to be a plea to not be the kind of people God  condemns for their hardened hearts that cause them to not hear or see as in the passages from Isaiah and Ezekiel, but then I found it also is in Ephesians in the positive sense:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

~Ephesians 1:18, NIV

In fact, this is the verse that inspired Paul Baloche to write this song. You can read the rest of that story here.

Open the Eyes of My Heart
Written by Paul Baloche
CCLI#: 2298355

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord (Psalm 119:18Isaiah 6:9-10, Ezekiel 12:1-2, Matthew 13:13-17Acts 26:16-18, Acts 28:25-27Ephesians 1:18)
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You (Exodus 33:18)
I want to see You (2x)

To see You high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1)
Shining in the light of Your glory (Exodus 33:19-23)
Pour out Your power and love (Isaiah 44:3-5)
As we sing holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:3Revelation 4:8)

Holy, holy holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see You (2x)

With love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “Break Every Chain” (Will Reagan)

Chain Link
Chain Link (Photo credit: small world)

“Break Every Chain” is a powerful, building song, especially for those who have ever struggled or currently struggle with an addiction. Kim Walker Smith does a really great rendition of this song, but I found Tasha Cobbs’ version even better. It’s a very simple song lyric-wise, since it mostly repeats on itself.

Break Every Chain
Written By Will Reagan
CCLI#: 5910977

Chorus:
There is power in the name of Jesus(3x) (Jeremiah 10:6, Luke 1:31-33John 14:12-14, John 16:23-24, Acts 3:16Acts 4:12Philippians 2:9-11, 1 John 4:4)
to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. (2x) (John 8:31-36, Acts 12:6-7, Romans 6:22-23, Galatians 5:1)

Lead:
Theres an army rising up.(3x) (Isaiah 54:17, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Timothy 2:3-4James 4:12)
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.(2x) (Isaiah 58:6-8, Acts 3:6-7Acts 16:18)

Vamp:
I hear the chains falling.

[Chorus]

With love,

Lauren

P.S. For those of you who like memes, I thought this one was hilarious and quite timely for this song. Thanks Christian Memes for keeping us chuckling (And I’m sure Jesus is too).

Songs & Scripture: “Like Incense/Sometimes By Step” (Brooke Ligertwood & Rich Mullins)

I love this song.  It it my most-played song in my Itunes worship folder for a reason. I hope it blesses you too. Brooke Ligertwood (Fraser) of Hillsong composed the verses and adapted Rich Mullins’ classic for the chorus.

Anointed is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of Ligertwood’s ministry, as I see any human being doing what the Creator created them to do. May God reach into your heart in a new way through this music!

Psalm 119 seems to be a central passage in this song, but of course, there are many other references. Please share more if you think of them!

[Verse 1]
May my prayer like incense rise before You (Revelation 8:4)
The lifting of my hands a sacrifice (Psalm 141:2)
Oh Lord Jesus turn Your eyes upon me (Psalm 27:9, Mark 10:47)
For I know there is mercy in Your sight (Psalm 51:1, John 6:37)

Your statutes are my heritage forever (Psalm 119:111)
My heart is set on keeping Your decrees (Psalm 119:112)
Please still my anxious urge toward rebellion (Galatians 5:16-17, Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 3:15)
Let Love keep my will upon its knees (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:42)

[Chorus]
Oh God, You are my God (Psalm 63:1)
And I will ever praise You (Isaiah 25:1)
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

[Verse 2]
To all creation I can see a limit
But Your commands are boundless and have none (Psalm 119:96, Matthew 24:35)
So Your Word is my joy and meditation (Psalm 119:47-48)
From the rising to the setting of the sun (Psalm 1:2, Psalm 119:97, Psalm 119:148)

All Your ways are loving and are faithful (Psalm 25:10, Psalm 145:17)
The road is narrow but Your burden light (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 11:30)
Because You gladly lean to lead the humble (Psalm 25:9, Psalm 149:4, Isaiah 66:2)
I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride (Psalm 95:6, Daniel 4:37)

[Chorus]

[Selah]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I will seek You in the morning (Psalm 5:3, Psalm 90:14, Mark 1:35)*
I will learn to walk in Your ways (Deuteronomy 26:17, Micah 6:8, 2 John 1:6)
And step by step You’ll lead me (Psalm 23:2, Psalm 25:5, Psalm 37:23, Psalm 119:35, Galatians 5:25)
And I will follow You all of my days (Mark 1:17, John 12:26)

With love,

Lauren