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

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)

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)


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)

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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: 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 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)

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]

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)

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:

22 Bible Verses About Temptation

Related sites:
I found this blog entry great on answering the question: What exactly does “my hope and stay” mean?

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,


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)

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)




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,