Before the Throne — Sunday Song

A classic “newer” hymn. The text was written by Charitie Lees Bancroft in 1860. The alternate words and music were written by Vikki Cook. (© 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship) We’ve used this song in our church for several years and it’s a favorite of mine. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that we are held securely in God’s hands.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands,
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of Grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

You can find resources for this song here.

Isaiah 49:16, John 8:58, Romans 6:8-9, Romans 8:1-2
Romans 8:34, Colossians 3:3, Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 7:9-17

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Jesus Shall Reign – Enfield

Isaac Watts wrote the words of this hymn based on Psalm 72. The original tune is by John Hatton. The additional text, music, & arrangement are by Ryan Foglesong. This Psalm and song encourage us to praise Jesus as our King.  He is a far better king than any earthly ruler has been or ever will be.

Jesus shall reign wherever the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

CHORUS
He shall reign in glory,
Crowned with grace and might.
Bless His name and praise the sov’reign King.
He shall reign forever with His chosen bride,
And all the earth shall sing
That Jesus is the King!

People and realms of ev’ry tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song.
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
His grateful honors to our King;
Angels descend with song again.
And earth repeat the loud “Amen!”

You can listen to the song on Spotify. It has also been added to our playlist.

I found the lead sheet here. For our congregation’s use, we will be skipping the instrumental interlude and key change.

You can download the album here.

Review of New Songs in 2015

In looking ahead to the coming year, I wanted to take a look back at the songs we began singing as a congregation in 2015; what worked and what didn’t. I try to introduce new songs one at a time and not add another until the congregation is fairly confident on the last one.

He Will Hold Me Fast  – I introduced this song in January of 2015 and it quickly became a favorite for our congregation. We’ll continue singing it.

My Worth is Not In What I Own – I love this song and it works but it doesn’t always fit in a service. We might be able to sing the chorus on its own after another song.

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery – Definitely my favorite new song this year. It has been especially fitting for our Pastor’s study of the book of John.

The Risen Christ – Most of the congregation knows  this song as “O Breath of God” and it’s become an especially meaningful song to several of our church members as they have had deaths in their families. It’s nice as a quiet service opener.

My Soul Longs for the Lord – well, this one just never caught on. I tried it three separate times (2 weeks in a row, skipped a week, and then tried it again) and the congregation never really sang it with confidence. I think the melody just has too many surprises in it. It has been retired from our song rotation.

Salvation’s Song – We did this song twice before Advent and I’m anxious to get back to it this week.

Five out of six isn’t bad! What was your favorite new song this year?

Salvation’s Song (Loved Before the Dawn of Time)

Loved before the dawn of time;
Chosen by my Maker,
Hidden in my Savior,
I am His, and He is mine, cherished for eternity.

When I’m stained with guilt and sin,
He is there to lift me,
Heal me and forgive me.
Gives me strength to stand again,
Stronger than I was before.

Refrain:
So with ev’ry breath that I am given
I will sing salvation’s song.
And I’ll join the chorus of creation
Giving praise to Christ alone.

All the chains of Satan’s curse,
Lifted through His off’ring,
Satisfied through suff’ring.
All the blessings He deserves,
Poured on my unworthy soul.

Refrain

Singing: Glory, honor, wisdom, power
To the Lamb upon the throne.
Hallelujah, I will lift Him high.
Singing: Glory, honor, wisdom power
To the Lamb upon the throne.
Hallelujah, I will sing

With ev’ry breath that I am given
I will sing salvation’s song.
And I’ll join the chorus of creation
Giving praise to Christ alone.

Stars will fade and mountains fall;
Christ will shine forever,
Love’s unfading splendor.
Earth and heav’n will bow in awe,
Joining in salvation’s song.

written by Stuart Townend/Andrew Small
copyright 2008 Thankyou Music

Colossians 3:3
Ephesians 1:4-8
Romans 16:20
Luke 24:46-47

Take My Life and Let It Be – Sunday Song

A beautiful song of offering. The words were written by Frances A. Havergal in 1874. In the hymnals I have, the number of verses varies and the arrangement of the phrases within the verses also varies. I prefer this arrangement of the verses as it appears in the Celebrating Grace hymnal.

Take My Life and Let It Be
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love,
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only for my King,
Always, only, for my King.

Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold;
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my will and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own it shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour — at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1874; Music: Henri A. C. Milan,; harm. Lowell Mason
HENDON; Public Domain

Isaiah 6:8
Philippians 1:20-21
Romans 12:1
Isaiah 52:7
Luke 21:2-3 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:17-19
Jeremiah 18:6