Songs & Scripture: “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” (Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche)

"They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them....And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" ~Matthew 21:7, 9  (Photo credit: Andreas Krappweis)
“They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them….And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” ~Matthew 21:7, 9 (Photo credit: Andreas Krappweis)

I remember singing this song in youth group growing up, but have recently come back to it. ‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day is still the cry of my heart.

After a time of singing my heart out to God, or glimpsing Him through nature, or reading a familiar Bible passage anew as if God wrote it exactly for me, or someone’s unexpected kindness, or a story of redemption, or another amazing piece of evidence of God’s existence or the validity of the Bible, that’s when I find strength to face another day.


Written by Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche
CCLI#: 4662491

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You, we turn to You (2 Chronicles 20:12, Psalm 113:3Acts 14:15)
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You, we long for You (Psalm 63:1, Psalm 84:2Isaiah 26:8-9James 4:8)
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day (Exodus 15:2Psalm 46:1, Psalm 73:26Psalm 138:3, Nehemiah 8:10b, Ephesians 3:16-19, 1 Timothy 1:12, 1 Peter 4:11)
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away, washed away (Exodus 14:13-14Psalm 46:1-3, 1 John 4:18)


Hosanna, hosanna (Matthew 21:9)
You are the God Who saves us, worthy of all our praises (2 Samuel 22:4/Psalm 18:3, John 3:16, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Timothy 1:15)
Hosanna, hosanna (Matthew 21:9)
Come have Your way among us (Exodus 33:13Psalm 86:11, Mark 14:35-36, James 4:7)
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Hear the sound of hearts returning to You, we turn to You (Deuteronomy 4:29-31Joel 2:12-13Acts 14:15)
In Your Kingdom broken lives are made new, You make us new (Isaiah 43:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:5)
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day (Exodus 15:2Psalm 46:1Psalm 73:26Psalm 138:3Nehemiah 8:10bEphesians 3:16-191 Timothy 1:121 Peter 4:11)
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away, washed away (Exodus 14:13-14Psalm 46:1-31 John 4:18)


Songs & Scripture: “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” (John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker)

Trumpet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing about this hymn redone by Casting Crowns is that there were multiple glorious days in God’s story of redemption.

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Michael Bleecker wrote the music to this modern rendition but the lyrics are all taken from the hymn “One Day” by John Wilbur Chapman, composed in 1910.

There is so much packed into this song that it took me multiple days to look up all of the Scripture references. Sorry it’s been so long since the last Songs & Scripture post!

On a quick note: I found some debates online about the theology of the chorus.  In my opinion, “living, dying, buried, rising, coming” as a WHOLE makes being loved, saved, sins being carried away, being justified possible. And I think that’s how the original author of the hymn meant it to be, not to be a “living=loving” “dying=saving”, etc. kind of interpretation.  If you took out any of those pieces of Jesus’ life, we would not be singing any songs about him because it would all fall apart!

What are your thoughts? Of course, I think it’s important to sing songs that are biblically accurate, but at the same time I don’t believe we always have to be singing word for word Bible verses.

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
CCLI# 5638022
Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, and Michael Bleecker

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises (Isaiah 6:1-5, Daniel 7:13-14)
One day when sin was as black as could be (Psalm 38:3-8, Psalm 51:3-5, Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 6:23Romans 3:23)
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-25Luke 1:26-38)
Dwelt among men, my example is He (John 13:12-17Romans 15:1-3)
Word became flesh and the light shined among us (John 1:4-514)
His glory revealed (Matthew 17:1-2John 1:14)

Living, He loved me (John 3:16, John 15:9, 12, Galatians 2:20)
Dying, He saved me (John 3:17, John 10:11)
Buried, He carried my sins far away (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:6-7)
Rising, He justified freely forever (Romans 3:21-26Romans 4:25Romans 8:3-4)
One day He’s coming (John 14:1-3Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 22:12, 20)*
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain (Luke 23:33 KJV)
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree (Psalm 22:16, Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24, Luke 23:33-34, John 19:16-18)
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3-4)
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He (Isaiah 53:12)
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree (2 Chronicles 7:14)
And took the nails for me (Isaiah 53:5-6, Colossians 2:13-14)


One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door (Matthew 28:2, Mark 16:4, Luke 24:1-2, John 20:1)
Then He arose, over death He had conquered (Matthew 28:7Mark 16:6, 1 Corinthians 15:16-20)
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9-11)
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him (Acts 2:24)
From rising again


One day the trumpet will sound for His coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 11:15-19)
One day the skies with His glories will shine (Matthew 24:27Luke 21:27Revelation 1:7)
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine


Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day

*As with the line “one day he’s coming” I had to cut off the number of Scriptures I included for many of the lines. But I’d like to continue on this topic: often Jesus’ second coming is not preached often enough on in the Western Church, but there are dozens of Scriptures on this very topic. I don’t want to assume this is common knowledge, unfortunately, after a friend I knew who had been going to church for years was surprised when I mentioned Jesus’ second coming and had no idea what I was referring to. Why is that so tragic?

Because like all the other parts of the story, Jesus’ second coming is crucial: the final piece of the puzzle to our redemption: only through Jesus’ second coming do we have hope of eternal life!

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Hebrews 9:28

For more on Jesus’ return I recommend this site.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

With love,


Songs & Scripture: “After All (Holy)” (David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson)

Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater...
Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater of the Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii (Photo credit: LoveBigIsland)

David Crowder Band has put out some pretty awesome worship songs, but when I was listening to this one on the radio, I almost pulled my car over it was so good and I couldn’t help but praise God.

The lyrics are so poetic that often it’s hard to find a verse exactly quoted, but nevertheless very biblical, so I’ve included verses that are related to the lyrics or further prove their point for this Songs & Scripture post.

After All (Holy)
CCLI# 6191221
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson

I can’t comprehend your infinitely beautiful and perfect love (Isaiah 61:10, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16John 15:3)
Oh I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars (1 Chronicles 16:23-27, Psalm 8:3-4)
But they’re never bright enough after all (Isaiah 60:19)

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)

I will sing a song for you my God with everything I have in me (Psalm 108:1)
But it’s never loud enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory (Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 6:3Ezekiel 43:2Romans 1:19-20)
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory (2 Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 1:27)
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory (John 12:13Acts 7:55-56, Hebrews 1:1-4)
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory (Psalm 23:5)
Hosanna we are found after all you are (Philippians 3:8-9Colossians 3:3)

Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

With love,


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

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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 

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

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,


Songs & Scripture: “Your Love Never Fails” (Chris Mcclarney, Anthony Skinner)

If you haven’t already figured it out, I make sure to credit the writer of each worship song I feature, not necessarily the artist that made that song famous.

Once again, I am sharing a song that Jesus Culture has carried around the world, but originally it was written by Chris Mcclarney and Anthony Skinner. The story of how that song went out clearly has God’s hand on it, and is encouraging in itself. I recommend you read that here.

I hope you enjoy this post of Your Love Never Fails. I know I really am growing through this Songs & Scripture personal Bible study and hope it blesses you to know what Bible verses are behind the lyrics of worship songs.

Nothing can separate (Romans 8:38-39)
Even if I ran away (Psalm 139:7-10)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

I know I still make mistakes (Romans 7:15-19)
But You have new mercies for me everyday (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You stay the same through the ages (Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
Your love never changes (Malachi 3:6)
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid (Psalm 46:1-3, 1 John 4:18)
Because I know that You love me (Psalm 59:17, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:9-101 John 4:16)  Note: I had to cut these off! There are so many verse about God’s love for us! I hope you take that away!

Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The wind is strong and the water’s deep (Matthew 14:30-31)
But I’m not alone in these open seas (Mark 4:37-41)
Cause Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The chasm is far too wide (Isaiah 59:1-2Luke 16:26)
I never thought I’d reach the other side (John 5:24)
But Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You make, all things, work together for my good. (Romans 8:28)

Finally, I want to share a perhaps more beautiful video than Jesus Culture’s version: a young girl named Shaela Warkentin, in a hospital bed singing Your Love Never Fails after being left blind by a car accident. May her testimony encourage you of the truth in the Scriptures behind this song.

With love,