Songs & Scripture: “How Great is Our God” (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves)

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful privilege of worshiping with some of the ladies of my church at a women’s retreat, and we sang this song and it was the most precious moment of the retreat together.

In honor of that I wanted to go deeper into this song, and discovered it is rich with Scripture and theology. The lines about God as the Father, Spirit, and Son especially became sweeter to me after studying the Scriptures filled with those references. I hope this study blesses you to know how great is our God!!

How Great is Our God
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 4348399
(c) 2004 sixsteps Music

The splendor of a king (Psalm 96:9, Psalm 104:1, Isaiah 33:17, Isaiah 33:22)
Clothed in majesty (Job 37:22, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 104:1)
Let all the earth rejoice (1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 96:11, 13, Psalm 97:1)
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, (Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 60:19, 1 Timothy 6:16, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5)
And darkness tries to hide (Psalm 139:12, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79, Luke 2:32, John 1:4-5, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9)
And trembles at His voice (Psalm 46:6, Jeremiah 10:10, Nahum 1:5)
Trembles at His voice

[CHORUS:]
How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God (Exodus 18:11, 2 Chronicles 2:5, Psalm 48:1, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 95:3, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 104:1, Psalm 135:5, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 150:2, Job 36:26)

Age to age He stands (Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:27, Job 36:26, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 43:13, Habakkuk 1:12, Hebrews 13:8)
And time is in His hands (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102: 25, Isaiah 41:4)
Beginning and the end (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 44:6, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13)
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son (Matthew 28:19, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, Romans 14:17-18, Romans 15:16, 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18-22, Ephesians 3:14-19, Colossians 1:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 1:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Titus 3:4-6)
Lion and the Lamb (Genesis 49:9, Hosea 5:14, John 1:29, John 1:36, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 5:5-6,  Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 21:22, Revelation 22:3)
Lion and the Lamb

[Chorus repeats]

Name above all names (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9-11)
Worthy of all praise (1 Chronicles 16:25, Psalm 18:3, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:12)
My heart will sing (Psalm 30:12)
How great is our God

[Chorus x 3]
Related Posts:

I found these sites exceedingly helpful in putting a list of verses together about the Trinity and laying out that doctrine:
Is the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible?
God as a Trinity

This site was great in pointing out some verses I hadn’t considered, and also was just a great devotional on the song!:
Story Song: How Great Is Our God

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Songs & Scripture: “Lay Me Down” (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, and Matt Redman)

I’m dedicating this Songs & Scripture post to a good long-time friend and North American missionary, Owen Grey, who works with Athletes in Action at Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. He introduced this song to me just a few days ago (yeah, I guess I’m behind the times) and told me it’s one of his favorites because the song is basically about letting God take control and yielding to him.

This is something Owen would know about, because he didn’t originally plan to go into ministry full-time:

“During my 4 years at Eastern Michigan University the Lord used my time competing on the swim team to introduce me to the need my fellow athletes had for Jesus. In my senior year I had the opportunity to disciple two underclassmen on my team who were new to their relationship with Christ. Experiencing their passion, excitement, and desire for a changed life as a result gave me far more joy and sense of purpose than the engineering degree I was studying. Through these experiences I have felt God’s call into the vocation of full-time ministry, specifically with athletes.”

If you’d like to learn about supporting Owen’s ministry, you can click here or email him directly at owen.grey(at)athletesinaction.org.

As usual for all my Songs & Scripture posts, I have links to related Bible verses after each lyric. (You can right click to select “open in new tab” if you don’t want to keep hitting “back” every time you look up a verse).

Lay Me Down
CCLI#: 6223577
Written by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, and Matt Redman

[Verse 1:]
With this heart open wide (Proverbs 15:11Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:142 Corinthians 6:11-13)
From the depths from the heights (Psalm 95:4)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23, Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)
With these hands lifted high (Psalm 28:2, Psalm 63:4, Psalm 134:2Psalm 141:2, Lamentations 3:41, 1 Timothy 2:8)
Hear my song, hear my cry (Psalm 27:7, Psalm 61:1)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)

[Chorus:]
I lay me down I’m not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
I belong to you alone (Romans 1:6, Romans 6:22Romans 7:4)
Lay me down, lay me down (John 15:12-14, 1 John 3:16)
Hand on my heart this much is true
There’s no life apart from you (Matthew 16:24-26, Mark 8:34-36, John 6:67-69, John 14:6, Romans 6:23Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:1-5, Colossians 2:13-14)
Lay me down, lay me down
Lay me down, lay me down

[Verse 2:]
Letting go of my pride (2 Chronicles 7:14Philippians 2:3, James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6-7)
Giving up all my rights (1 Corinthians 9:18)
Take this life and let it shine (Matthew 5:15-16, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Philippians 2:14-15)
Take this life and let it shine

[Chorus repeats]

[Bridge:]
It will be my joy to say Your will Your way (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:42, Luke 22:42)
It will be my joy to say Your will Your way
It will be my joy to say Your will Your way always

 

Credit to this post for getting me started on the references:
Lay Me Down By Chris Tomlin” (WorshipSpeaks.com)

Related posts:
“Praying Lay Me Down by Chris Tomlin” (Six11.Wordpress.Com)
“Lay Me Down” (WhataChristianGirlWants.Wordpress.com)

 

Songs & Scripture: “Everlasting God (Strength will Rise)” (Brenton Brown, Ken Riley)

“It wasn’t like I got a word in the night and woke up and I heard God say, ‘Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.’ It wasn’t one of those special moments. I mean I do remember people praying that over me. Of course, the danger with suffering from a chronic illness without being healed is you grow cold to some words. But I was pretty intentional about it. This is God’s promise to us. However it works out, however he chooses to bring His strength. He hasn’t chosen the way I would have chosen, so to sing those words, for me, it’s almost a redeeming action. This is where I am at, this is the truth of God, and this is His promise. He will look after my wife and me, and he will carry us through this time.”

~Brenton Brown, on writing “Everlasting God”, excerpt from this article on WorshipLeader.Com

Soaring Eagle
Soaring Eagle (Photo credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines))

Do you ever feel exhausted? Like, mind-numbing, fall-asleep-on-your-feet, not even have an emotional response for anything, exhausted? That pretty much sums up a lot of nursing school for me. The verses that I often went back to during that period of my life were Isaiah 40:28-31, which are the large basis for the song Everlasting God.

Whenever I can, I try to link to the story behind a worship song, and how worship pastor Brenton Brown initially started writing this song is an amazing testimony. Both he and his wife were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), leaving them both physically and mentally drained. Maybe that’s you today. So read these lyrics encouraged, knowing that they’re not only heavily Scripturally based, but also written by someone who intimately knows what it’s like to be exhausted and has experienced God’s promise to carry you through it.

As usual, I’ve included the Scriptures that the original author of the song was thinking about, but have also included many cross-references to other Scriptures that relate to the lyrics as well.

For the full story behind Everlasting God, click here.

Everlasting God
Written by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley
CCLI#: 4556538

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (Psalm 31:24Isaiah 40:29-31, Isaiah 41:10)
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord (Psalm 27:14, Psalm 130:5-6, Proverbs 20:22Isaiah 8:17) (x2)

Our God, You reign forever (Exodus 15:18, Psalm 146:10, Lamentations 5:19, Revelation 11:15)
Our hope, our strong deliverer (Psalm 18:2, Psalm 56:13Psalm 144:2, Jeremiah 14:22, 2 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 10:23)

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary (Genesis 21:33, Psalm 121:4Isaiah 40:28)

You’re the defender of the weak (Psalm 12:5, Psalm 18:2-3, Psalm 59:9-10, Psalm 91:1-2)
You comfort those in need (Isaiah 40:1, Isaiah 51:12, Isaiah 66:132 Corinthians 1:3-4)
You lift us up on wings like eagles (Psalm 103:5Isaiah 40:31)

You are the everlasting God (Genesis 21:33Isaiah 40:28)
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting (repeat x 2)

With love,

Lauren

p.s. Officially in the 5 digits for hits on the blog! Wow. I remember posting about getting 500 hits just a little while ago, and before starting this blog a short 5 months ago I would never have expected it to grow so exponentially. Thanks to everyone for reading, hope the music and the Scriptures bless you richly!

Songs & Scripture: “Take My Life (And Let it Be)” (Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, Louie Giglio)

 

English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in ...
English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in Johnson City, Tennessee, November 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ok, so I admit it. I’m really into redone hymns. I don’t know if it’s because the writers centuries ago took on more “meat” when they sat down to write or if it’s because our modern songs generally have fewer verses, but I just love them. I love the mix of hardcore lyrics with modern melodies. Here’s another redone classic hymn, Take My Life (and Let it Be) redone by the king of contemporary christian music himself, Chris Tomlin.

The original hymn writer was Frances Havergal (who sounds like one cool lady! A woman skiing the alps in the 1800’s? You go girl!). Ahem, where was I? Havergal wrote this hymn in 1876, and learning the story behind the song only deepened my love for it. You can read that here, since my focus for this blog is to focus on the verses behind song lyrics, and many talented authors have already well-researched the stories!

Frances Ridley Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Searching for the Scriptures for this song was challenging but good.

Everyone seems to have a differing opinion of the central verse of this hymn, but I thought this one seemed to fit the best:

For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. -Leviticus 11:44a

Take My Life (And Let it Be)
CCLI# 4162843
Written by Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, and Louie Giglio

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee. (Leviticus 11:44)
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. (Psalm 90:12)
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:14-15)

Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my king. (Psalm 89:1)
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee. (Psalm 19:14, Psalm 141:3)
Take my silver and my gold not a might would I withhold. (1 Chronicles 29:5, Luke 21:2-4)
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose. (Luke 10:27)

::Chorus::
Here am I, all of me. (Isaiah 6:8)
Take my life, it’s all for thee. (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine. (Matthew 6:10Luke 22:42)
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. (Isaiah 57:15, Isaiah 66:1-2, Ezekiel 36:26)
Take my love, my Lord I pour at your feet its treasure store (Matthew 6:21, Luke 6:45)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee, (Romans 12:1, Philippinas 1:20-21)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee.

[chorus repeats]

References:
http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/288