05 Jun

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Lord, I Need You”

Wednesday Is for Worship

On this Wednesday, what are you in need of?  The list very well may be long, but at the top must be the Lord.  He is what you need more than anything else.  He created you, He’s sustaining you, and He’s made a way for you to be saved.  Even those who right now either reject that they have a need of the Lord or are ignorant of their need of Him nevertheless need the Lord.  That’s why today’s song is so relevant.  It’s simply called “Lord, I Need You.”

Written in 2011 for that year’s Passion conference by Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Maher and published through worshiptogether.com songs, this song has as its hook just enough of a nugget of the classic hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” to remind us of that great tune.  However, everything else in it is completely new in this prayer of desperation sung to God.

The chorus declares that there’s not a moment when we don’t need the Lord.  Twenty-four/seven dependence, particularly for his protection and righteousness!  The first verse reminds us that in God we find rest, stability, and guidance.  Verse 2 beautifully captures the glory of God’s grace covering over sins, freeing us through Jesus Christ to be holy for the Lord.  The bridge simply asks the Lord to help the worshiper to lean on Him, especially in temptation.

What I love about Maher’s version of the song below is the authentic, folksy desperation with which he delivers the vocals, making your heart long for the Lord.  Excellent!

Alright, so worship the Lord right now.  You know you need Him!

VERSE 1
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

CHORUS
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

VERSE 2
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

BRIDGE
Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

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You can hear from Matt and Kristian how the song came together at this edition of New Song Café.

17 Apr

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Christ Is Risen”

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It’s the third Wednesday after Easter, which means we are still in the church season of Eastertide (the fifty-day season of Christian celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday).  My friend Trevin Wax recently wrote about this very important church tradition that I honestly had never really thought about.  He wrote:

By Thanksgiving, radio stations will be playing Christmas music non-stop. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, our culture is immersed in the “Christmas season.”

Easter has a season, too. It doesn’t precede Easter but follows it. Traditionally, it’s the time between Easter and Pentecost (50 days).

Though every Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, this time of year provides ample opportunity to give laser-like attention to the resurrection that empowers our Christian life.

Why do we spend a month to listening to Christmas music, but only a Sunday singing Easter music?

You might be wondering, What is Easter music? Is there such a thing? Sure! And the good news is, unlike Christmas, you don’t have to wade through all the “secular” tunes about the season. (Unless you just happen to be a fan of “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.”)

In this Eastertide season, today’s song is “Christ Is Risen” by Matt Maher.  Written in 2009 by Maher and Mia Fieldes and published through Thankyou Music, this song celebrates the victory found in Christ rising from the dead.  Verse 1 reminds us that the cross removes the shame of sin for all who will believe on Jesus.  Verse 2 rejoices in the fact that the grave had no power to hold Jesus down.  The Almighty raised Him!  The chorus sings the wonderful irony of Jesus defeating death with death.  The bridge echoes 1 Corinthians 15.  A simple but great song that draws us to worship the Risen Savior!

A great treat is found in the middle of the performance of this song as David Bowden performs a poem he wrote called “Death:  His Sting and Defeat.”  Yeah, you’ll be standing and cheering before this is over!!

What a Wednesday to worship!

VERSE 1
Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You bled, for us

CHORUS
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

VERSE 2
Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let your church proclaim

BRIDGE
Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!
Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, He’s alive! He’s alive!

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You can download the text to Bowden’s poem here.

27 Mar

Wednesday Is for Worship: “I Will Rise”

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Today is Holy Wednesday, the Wednesday before Resurrection Sunday.  On this day, Jesus was in and around Jerusalem teaching, but undoubtedly He had Friday and Sunday in the back of His mind.  On Friday, He would be killed by man as they nailed Him to a crucifix and momentarily forsaken by God as the sins of the world were imputed to Him.  The cross by no means took Him by surprise, but neither did Sunday.  He went to the cross in the full knowledge that He would rise from the dead three days later!

The resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest Bible truths and means so many things, but in terms of relation to us, one of the things it means is that all who will repent and believe on Jesus will themselves be resurrected unto life someday.  It’s with that great hope this Easter week that I offer today’s Wednesday Is for Worship song, “I Will Rise.”

Written in 2008 by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio, and Matt Maher and published through Thankyou Music, “I Will Rise” was released on Tomlin’s eighth studio album Hello Love.  The album went to #1 on the Christian chart, and the song went to #2.

The song draws on the soul-anchoring truth that Jesus has overcome the grave.  Though our sins are many and totally deserving of death, Christ lived the life that we cannot live and died the death we deserve, and all who believe on His work will one day walk out of the grave too.  We will rise!  His resurrection is the first fruits deposit of our future resurrection.

So, as you prepare your heart to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, may you be look forward to and long for your resurrection!

VERSE 1
There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

PRECHORUS
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

CHORUS
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

VERSE 2
There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

BRIDGE
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb