The God of creation, redemption and eternity is worthy of all our heart’s praise. This song is the story of every believer whose heart is the Lord’s. I love the visual pictures in the song: God speaking light, placing stars, shaping the seas with His own hands and forming mankind from mere dust. That same God, Creator of the world, knew us in our sin and chose to show us grace through Jesus Christ. We were made to worship, and this song is a declaration that we will do just that; not just now, but for all eternity.
A pastor friend of mine once told me that we have no songs which use God’s title, “The Most High God”. He was right. And, as I was pouring through the scriptures, searching for this title, I also noticed how many of the Psalms use questions to introduce true attributes of God. And as you look at Psalm 121 or Psalm 24, for example, you see that these questions are not asked in doubt, but rather in triumph, in confidence and in worship. I tried to do the same in this song, as it is a call to worship the God Most High. This song has been a powerful influence at our church and I trust it will be at yours too.
King Solomon had all this world could offer. However, what he learned was that possessions, pride, and power could not satisfy him. In Ecclesiastes he says, “All is vanity.” What Solomon came to know was that only God truly satisfies. He is our treasure and our reward, rather than the wealth, worth, or wisdom this world offers. This song has quickly become the anthem of my life as I recognize that I am nothing, without God.
2016 was one of, if not the, hardest year of my life. I felt as if my life had been flipped upside down. The amazing thing is that I had written this song before this difficult year began and, as a result, it was ready for the Lord to use it in my own life; to encourage me and remind me that I can find rest in Jesus. Though the earth gives way, though the mountains shake, in the dessert place and in my darkest days, I will not fear because Christ is with me.
What greater words can we say to the Lord, but that He is holy? This song is “purely ascribing” to the Lord, meaning that there are no “I, my, me, we or us” lyrics found in the song. It is purely a declaration of God’s glory and is best used as the end of your worship set, as the final reflection you offer your congregation. Only God is holy, only He has glory, and only He is worthy of our praise.
I love the pictures of Christ we see in this song as we walk through the works of Jesus and present the gospel message. We were on our own, until God sent His son Jesus to earth. He lived out His ministry, performed miracles, and called us to righteousness. Our sin had a penalty to pay, and Jesus wore the crown, took the nails, and bore the cross to cover our debt. But our hope is not found in the cross, it’s found in the glorious resurrection of our Messiah, Jesus. I can’t wait to lead this song on Resurrection Sunday morning!
When we wrote this song, we wanted the name of Jesus to be its climax. We’re singing about this name; a name that is strong to save, that death could not contain, and that no power can stand against. If you don’t know the truth of this song, maybe you’re saying, “Who are we talking about?” And then comes the bridge, where we declare the name of Jesus as greater than any other name. This song has been a blessing to our church and I’m excited to hear how it is received by yours.
This quiet and solemn song ought to be the prayer of every believer; that, with each passing day, we long to become more like Christ. This sanctification is a process, something for which we need to be continually asking the Lord: Help me to love, help me to forgive, help me to fight against the sin nature of my flesh and make me more like You. My favorite line in this song says, “Though seasons change, my song remains: make me more like you.”
This song is another one which ascribes worth and glory exclusively to God, with absolutely no use of personal pronouns. There is no one like our Lord and we wanted to put together a worship song that told the Lord just that. He’s holy and glorious, His ways are just and true, He’s gracious and merciful, and splendor and majesty are ever before Him. There is no one like the Lord who reigns forever.
At the last session of a songwriter’s retreat, we began to share our stories; the various journeys on which the Lord has taken us and how He had provided for our families. Instantly, we were in song, praising God that He holds us in His hands. This is one of my church’s favorite worship songs because everyone can connect with it. We’ve been stubborn in sin, we’ve been in awe of His love for us, we’ve been in battles where the Lord has defended us, and one day we will all cast our crowns at His feet and worship Him for all that He has done for us. I’ve lead this versatile song on Sunday morning, as well as at youth groups and funerals. The awe of yesterday, the strength of today, and hope of tomorrow is that the Lord holds us in His hands.
Then sings my soul! There’s no need to teach you or rewrite the words and tune that I grew up singing and loving. This classic has touched the hearts of believers for generations. So, here is one of my favorite hymns that I love to do in an upbeat, contemporary format.
Many people have been faithful followers of my music for many years and, if that’s you, this song needs no introduction. On Faith Alone is a beautiful reminder of how we obtain salvation in Jesus Christ. It has been the cry of the believer’s heart, a comfort for the hurting soul, and an encouragement for the dying saint. The Lord has blessed me and many others through the powerful testimony of this song. Sola Fide!