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
CCLI#6158927
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: “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: “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: “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)
CCLI# 6428767
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: “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)

Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

With love,

Lauren