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!

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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
CCLI: #7006228

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

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: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, & Salomon Ligthelm)

Of course, this song alludes to Peter being called out by Jesus to walk on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), but is the cry of my heart to obey Jesus wherever he leads me and trust him regardless. I hope the other Scripture references deepen your worship to God as you sing this.

Update February 2017: I think it is worth reading another perspective by the Faithful Stewardship Blog on this song, and why the much-beloved “Oceans” may not be Biblical. It is a song that could be interpreted in many ways, and that is where its weakness lies, as well as the focus on Peter rather than the Lord who was the only One who walked on the water successfully. It certainly caused me to think. I will leave this post up but please weigh these things and consider them against Scripture. You will notice there were several lines I could not find verses to back up, which should give us as Christians pause.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
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Copyright 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing

Verse 1
You call me out upon the waters (Matthew 14:28-29)
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery (Colossians 2:2-3)
In oceans deep my faith will stand (Matthew 14:30-31)

Chorus

I will call upon Your Name (Psalm 116:2, 4, 13, 17, Lamentations 3:55-57, Joel 2:32Matthew 14:30, Romans 10:13)
And keep my eyes above the waves (Matthew 14:30)
When oceans rise (Genesis 7, Psalm 46:1-3)
My soul will rest in Your embrace (Jeremiah 6:16Matthew 11:29, Luke 15:18-24)
For I am Yours and You are mine (Song of Solomon 6:3, Song of Solomon 7:10)

Verse 2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters (Psalm 42:7, Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
Your sovereign hand will be my guide (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Job 42:2Psalm 31:3Psalm 73:24, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 1:6)
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me (Matthew 14:30)
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now (Joshua 23:14)

Bridge
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders (Matthew 4:1, John 14:16-17John 16:13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16-18)
Let me walk upon the waters (Matthew 14:28)
Wherever You would call me (Genesis 12:11 Corinthians 7:17)
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander (Exodus 14:21-22Ezekiel 47:1-9)
And my faith will be made stronger (Romans 4:19-20)
In the presence of my Savior

Related Posts
Song Truth: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

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: “Love the Lord” (Lincoln Brewster)

What is the greatest commandment in the Bible? How would you sum it all up? Old and New Testament, what does God require of us? Go!

Fortunately, Jesus answered this question for us, thanks to a slippery lawyer and a genuinely curious scribe:

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40, ESV)

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:28-34, ESV)

I love that both were recorded for our sake– both the man who wanted to trick Jesus and the man who really wanted to know from the Son of God what exactly God thought. But where is he getting this? Did Jesus pluck this out of the air? No; and every Jew would

The Nash Papyrus, containing the 10 Commandments & beginning of the Shema prayer. Discovered in 1902, it is estimated to date to 100-150 B.C.

have known exactly where he got this, as it was a part of the Shema, a prayer said at least twice a day by devout Jews to this day:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, ESV)

Interestingly, Jesus added one thing: did you catch it? Jesus added on the word “mind” from the original Deuteronomy text.  Upping the ante, as usual.

By the way, Jesus saying “love your neighbor as yourself” wasn’t just a summary of many commandments alone, either:

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18, ESV)

This song for today’s Songs & Scripture post, “Love the Lord” by Lincoln Brewster is basically a repetition of the Greatest Commandment, and therefore does not need my usual breakdown of verses and cross references, hence why I’ve included them all on the page.

Love the Lord your God
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your mind
And with all your strength

With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your mind
And with all your strength

I will serve the Lord
With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

I will love You Lord
With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

I will love You
And I will serve You
And I will praise You
For all my days yeah
And I will love You
I will love You
Yes, I will love You

Of course, we could never love God enough. Even without our other sins piling up, we can never love Him how He deserves and requires. Thanks be to God that He loved us first!:

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10, ESV)

We are all in need of Jesus’ blood as payment for our debt, and He provided that and His Holy Spirit to enable us to love Him the way this commandment talks about:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17, ESV)

And that, my friends, is the good news.

With love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “Your Great Name” (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale)

Photo credit: http://lordjesussaves.wordpress.com/

This song won worship song of the year in 2012. Krissy Nordhoff was the writer of the verses and Michael Neale wrote the chorus and finished the song. Nordhoff states that she was inspired to write it after the death of a child in her home church, and was reading Psalm 136 and struck by the repetition of “His love endures forever.” Although that verse is not used directly in the song, the repetition of “at the sound of Your great name” drives home Jesus’ sovereignty and power. (You can read the full story behind the song here.)

The central Scripture for the song is very clearly found in Philippians 2:9-11:

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11, ESV)

Natalie Grant has also made this song famous recently, but I love Krissy Nordhoff’s voice and original version:

Your Great Name

Verse 1:
Lost are saved, find their way (Luke 19:10)
at the sound of Your great name (Philippians 2:9-11)
All condemned feel no shame (Romans 8:1)
at the sound of Your great name
Every fear has no place (Isaiah 41:10, Lamentations 3:55-571 John 4:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The enemy, he has to leave (Mark 16:17, Acts 16:18James 4:7)
at the sound of Your great name 

Chorus:
Jesus, worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us (Revelation 5:12)
Son of God and man, (Matthew 9:6, John 3:16, Mark 14:61-62, Acts 7:561 John 5:5)
You are high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:152:13, Philippians 2:9)
And all the world will praise Your great name (Psalm 115:1, Philippians 2:10-11)

Verse 2:
All the weak find their strength (Romans 8:262 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:13)
at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace (John 6:35Acts 2:38, Romans 5:15)
at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless find their place (Psalm 68:5, 2 Corinthians 6:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The sick are healed, the dead are raised (Matthew 9:3511:4-6, 19:2, Mark 1:23-34, Mark 1:40-41, Mark 2:5-12, Mark 5:21-43, Mark 7:32-37, Mark 8:23-25, Mark 10:52,  Acts 3:6, 3:164:10)
At the sound of Your great name

Bridge:
Redeemer, (Job 19:25, Galatians 3:13)
my Healer, (Psalm 103:3Psalm 147:3, 1 Peter 2:24)
Lord Almighty, (Revelation 1:8, 4:811:15-1719:621:22)
Defender, (1 John 2:1)
my Savior, (John 3:16-17Acts 4:12, 13:23, Titus 2:13)
You are my King (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 15:3, 17:14)

Sing the name of Jesus
We worship the name of Jesus
We bow before Jesus (Philippians 2:10)
There is no other name but Jesus (Acts 4:12)

In a culture that has turned our Savior’s name into a curse word, I think we Christians in the west have often even shied away from saying the name “Jesus.” But I love this song because it reminds us that there is no higher name!

May the Lord Jesus bless you all!

With love,

Lauren