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

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27 Verses About Thankfulness

Seeing as how Thanksgiving is on the 27th this year and just a few days away, I thought I’d compile a list of 27 Bible verses about thankfulness. Obviously, there are a lot more out there! But these are some of my favorites, in no particular order, and why I picked each one.

  1. Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High… ~Psalm 50:14 (ESV)
    • reminds me that God desires the thankfulness of my heart as a sacrifice that pleases him.
  2. “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
        to one who orders his way rightly
        I will show the salvation of God!” ~Psalm 50:23 (ESV)

    • thankfulness not only honors God, it prepares my heart to see His ways
  3. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15 (ESV)
    • thankfulness keeps me humble and makes the way for peace with my family in Christ
  4. …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
    • being thankful is being obedient to God’s will for me
  5. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…  ~Hebrews 12:28 (ESV)
    • thankfulness naturally overflows into worship, and is a natural result of remembering my salvation
  6. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
        you have loosed my sackcloth
        and clothed me with gladness,
    that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
        O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! ~Psalm 30:11-12 (ESV)

    • thankfulness can be found in remembering what the LORD has done for my soul, and God deserves thanks for this forever.
  7. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
        for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)

    • I always have a reason to thank the Lord: for His own character. Even when life circumstances are bad, my God is good. That is reason enough to be thankful.
  8. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
        and his courts with praise!
        Give thanks to him; bless his name! ~Psalm 100:4 (ESV)

    • thankfulness is a good preparation for worship, and for meeting with the church family I have
  9. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. ~Ephesians 5:4 (ESV)
    • My speech is not be characterized by crudeness, but instead, thankfulness to God. Interesting that those are portrayed as opposites.
  10. It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
        to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
    to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
        and your faithfulness by night… ~Psalm 92:1-2 (ESV)

    • thankfulness should be, according to these verses, what opens and closes my day, not just on Thanksgiving day!
  11. I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
        before the gods I sing your praise; ~Psalm 138:1 (ESV)

    • According to my study bible, “gods” is most likely used to ridicule pagan kings and leaders at the time the psalmist wrote this. Today, I equate that to powerful people on earth, whether politician or cultural leaders, who do not know God. This reminds me to be thankful and praise the LORD despite what the rest of the surrounding culture is doing.
  12. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him,“Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” ~Luke 17:15-19 (ESV)
    • giving glory to God, worship, and thankfulness to Jesus are all closely linked here, reminding me that this is the same in my life.
    • the other nine men who were healed did not give God thanks, but went along with their lives, while the outsider (Samaritan) paused and appropriately thanked God. Thankfulness is not an automatic inclination of my heart but must be a conscious decision/habit.
    • Jesus gave the true healing–healing of the soul–to the man who was thankful.
  13. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  ~Colossians 1:11 (ESV)
    • Thankfulness doesn’t overflow from my heart naturally, but from God enabling me, strengthening me with his glorious power and joy.
  14. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for each other is increasing. ~2 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)
    • I am to be consciously thankful for seeing others grow in their faith and love
  15. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
    • Reminds me to humbly submit my requests to God but also to be thankful in my circumstances, whatever they are, and thankful for the peace only God can give.
  16. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
    • thankfulness should be a part of everything I do and should always represent the Lord
  17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James 1:17 (ESV)
    • everything good in this world is a gift from God, and recognizing who gave it will automatically overflow into thanksgiving to Him
  18. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 118:28-29 (ESV)
    • another verse on thanking God for who He is, not who I am or what physical possessions I have.
  19. Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Psalm 105:1
    • I never really saw this verse before. Thanksgiving→ call upon the Lord→ share the good news with the whole world. Sounds like the Great Commission to me!
  20. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… ~1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
    • Indicates every person who crosses our path is to be lifted up in prayer with thankfulness to the Lord for them
  21. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. ~Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)
    • Maturity in Christ is characterized by abounding in thanksgiving
  22. I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. ~Psalm 7:17 (ESV)
    • Another verse on being thankful for who God is, namely his righteousness.
  23. …giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… ~Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
    • We are to always give thanks to God the Father in everything
  24. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! ~2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)
    • as much as I study the Gospel, I will never be able to fully express it or fully express my thanks to God for what He has done and is doing and will do!
  25. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. ~Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
    • Thankfulness is not always purely emotional, this verse indicates a steady, wary watchfulness over my heart when I make thankfulness and prayer a habit.
  26. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. ~Romans 1:21 (ESV)
    • Lack of thankfulness darkens my heart and interestingly is one of the main kickboards into Paul’s list of sins that man commits against God in Romans 1.
  27. “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we give you.” ~1 Chronicles 29:13 (ESV)
    • I love this passage as David dedicates the building materials for the Temple. For it reminds me of my own life– everything I own that I think I offer to God belongs to Him and was a gift from Him already.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Songs & Scripture: “Your Presence is Heaven” (Israel Houghton and Micah Massey)

I can’t believe it took me this long to hear this song! I hope it blesses you to learn the Scripture related. Also, enjoy this “unplugged” version of the song from K Love’s studio. Read my only caveat below, and why I do not believe it should be used on a Sunday morning worship service.

Your Presence is Heaven (Your Presence is Heaven to Me)
Written by Israel Houghton and Micah Massey
(c) 2012 Integrity’s Praise! Music Sound Of The New Breed Regenerate Music Co.
CCLI#: 6214751

Who is like You Lord in all the earth? (Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 3:24, Deuteronomy 33:26, 1 Samuel 2:2, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:23, 2 Chronicles 6:14, Psalm 35:10, Psalm 71:19, Psalm 89:8, Psalm 113:5, Jeremiah 10:6, Micah 7:18)
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth (John 15:13, Romans 8:37-39)
Nothing in this world can satisfy (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18, Ecclesiastes 5:10-12, Isaiah 55:2, Haggai 1:6, John 6:27, John 6:67-69, 1 John 2:15-17)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 63:1-5, Psalm 145:16, Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 31:25, John 4:13-14, John 6:35, John 7:37-38)

Your presence is heaven to me* (Genesis 28:15, Exodus 33:14, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 16:27, Psalm 16:8-11, Psalm 21:6, Psalm 23:4-6, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 37:7, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 51:11, Psalm 65:4, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 84:1-2, Psalm 84:10, Psalm 95:2, Psalm 97:5, Psalm 100:2, Psalm 114:7, Psalm 139:7, Psalm 140:13, Psalm 145:18, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:2, Jeremiah 29:13, Zephaniah 1:7, Matthew 1:23,  Matthew 18:20, Matthew 28:20, John 14:17, John 14:20, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:18, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 10:19-23, Hebrews 13:5, James 4:8)
Your presence is heaven to me

Treasure of my heart and of my soul (Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 13:44, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, Luke 12:33-34)
In my weakness you are merciful (Psalm 31:9, Psalm 78:38-39, Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 John 4:10)
Redeemer of my past and present wrongs (Deuteronomy 24:18, Ruth 3:9, 2 Samuel 7:23, 1 Chronicles 17:21,  Nehemiah 1:10, Job 19:25, Job 33:28, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 31:5, Psalm 34:22, Psalm 44:26, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 69:18, Psalm 71:23, Psalm 78:35, Psalm 103:4, Psalm 111:9, Psalm 130:7, Isaiah 44:22, Isaiah 47:4, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 54:5, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:20, Isaiah 62:12, Lamentations 3:58, Hosea 13:14,Luke 1:68, Luke 2:38, Romans 3:23-25, 1 Corinthians 1:29-31, Galatians 3:13, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Titus 2:13-15, Hebrews 9:12, 15)
Holder of my future days to come (Job 14:5, Psalm 16:5, Psalm 31:15a, Daniel 2:21, Jeremiah 29:11, James 4:13-16)

Your presence is heaven to me
Your presence is heaven to me
Heaven to me, God
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me

All my days on earth I will await (Romans 8:18-19, Romans 8:23, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Galatians 5:5)
The moment that I see You face to face (Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, Colossians 3:4, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 4:13, 2 Peter 3:12, Jude 1:21, Revelation 22:20)
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 116:13, John 4:10, John 7:38)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry
You never run dry [chorus repeats]

*Of course, someday in heaven we will physically be in Jesus’ presence! But I took this lyric to mean “your [God’s] presence right now is awesome, full of joy, amazing, fulfilling.” I think Israel Houghton used the modern usage of the word “heaven” to connect us back to thinking about God’s presence being better than anything else we might cheaply label as “heaven on earth.” I understand how this vagueness could be theologically ambiguous, however, and believe that it may not be the best choice for a Sunday morning worship service. 

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

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: “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)