Category: Music


About a month ago, I was at Resolved 2011. Resolved is hosted by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur pastors. I’ve been to Resolved every year since 2007. God used the 2007 conference to save me. The theme for that year was The Gospel, so it’s obvious that it’s the one I’d get saved through.

Well, every year the has worship awesome and this year was no difference. The theme even for the worship this year was Christ our Refuge and stronghold.

The worship is always Christ-centered and Gospel saturated. I actually wrote down all the songs we sang so I could research and find the ones I didn’t have yet. I’ll include the list at the end. Sorry titles only.

Besides their typical hymns they put to contemporary music like that you can find on their CDs, and songs from Sovereign Grace Music which I’d highly recommend, they played a couple of modern ones which I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the modern ones they played was No Other Saviour by Starfield. I liked that song so much that when I got back to the hotel I found it and bought it. Trust me, Google the lyrics.

One of the other modern songs they sang that I really enjoyed was Psalm 62 by Aaron Keyes. Sometimes the song is called My Soul Finds Rest. It all depends which album you purchase it from. I found three or four when I searched it up on iTunes. I liked this song so much I’d including the lyrics right below. You can also listen to the whole thing on this blog.

My soul finds rest in God alone,
My Rock and my salvation,
A fortress strong against my foes,
And I will not be shaken.
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse,
And lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness,
I’ll look to Him who hears me.

CHORUS
O praise Him, hallelujah,
My Delight and my Reward;
Everlasting, never failing,
My Redeemer, my God.

Find rest, my soul, in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations;
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation.
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.

CHORUS

I’ll set my gaze on God alone,
And trust in Him completely;
With every day pour out my soul,
And He will prove His mercy.
Though life is but a fleeting breath,
A sigh too brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever.

BRIDGE
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah! hallelujah!
O praise Him, hallelujah,

Next post I’ll be posting about the recommended resources (pretty much the books).

Here is a link to the post with the songs we sang per session.

Get these two songs and Go to Resolved 2012.

Village Worship

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I wanted to recommend some new music that I’ve found. Matt Chandler’s church, The Village has put out some music. Chandler is involved with Acts 29 one of the ministries of Mark Driscoll’s church, Mars Hill.

The album is Village Worship. A lot of the songs originate with The Village though there are a couple of older songs that they’ve put to contemporary music.

As I went through the album again trying to figure out my favorite song, I realized the whole thing is good. I can’t say that I like one over another because each track is great.

You’ll see what I’m referring to if you just go over there and download it. You can get it here:
http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/music

Singing The Psalms

Joe Holland wrote an article on the Reformation 21 website titled “Rediscovering the Psalms.”

He first goes through his experience with the Psalms, then asks questions to lead into what he wanted to talk about.

First he goes into the benefits of Psalm singing by asking, “What benefits should you expect from psalm singing?
He then gave these answers with explanation.
When you sing the psalms you literally sin the Bible.
When you sing the psalms you interact with a wealth of theology.
When you sing the psalms you are memorizing Scripture.
When you sing the psalms you guard against heresy.
When you sing the psalms you engage in a collection of songs that address the full range of human emotions.
When you sing the psalms you praise the person and work of Jesus Christ.
When you sing the psalms you are training to for spiritual warfare.
When you sing the psalms you are engaging in the communion of saints.

Then he asks, “How can you go about learning to sing them?
He then answers and gives explainations again.
First, find a Psalter you can sing.
Secondly, you must know your Bible.
Third, to sing the psalms well you must understand how the psalms direct us to the person and work o Jesus Christ.
The fourth thin you will need is the willingness to try something new.

After all that He concludes the article. This article is worth reading. When I printed it out, it was 5 pages long. Enjoy!
For His Glory,
Mark

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

So I found this Hymn and decided I would like to share it. I found it in my hymnal when I picked it up and said to myself, “This is one of the best gifts God has given me.

I randomly opened it up and found a “Worship Sequence.” It pointed me to ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. I started reading it and liked it so much I gave it my own melody. I did find it online in the Cyber Hymnal which I will quote to at the end of the post.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
TEXT: Louisa M. R. Snead
MUSIC: William J. Kirkpatrick

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Refrain

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

Notice the last line of the refrain. That is really what caught my attention. I’ve been lacking Faith in Christ lately and I believe it is because I’ve been looking at myself instead of looking to Him. I would ask for prayer that I would focus more on my Savior, Jesus, than I would on myself. Thanks all.

For His Glory,
Mark

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

This is one of my favorite songs. In the Hymnal I now have, the verse it choses to have before the song is Luke 9:23. I know there are more. Luke 14:27 is another. Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35. These are all of Jesus telling the crowd that if they want to be his disciple, they must take up their own crosses and follow him. They must die to themselves that they might truly live. I have taken up mine. I want to loose my life, that I might gain it. This is my song.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
TEXT: Henry F. Lyre
MUSIC: Leavitt’s The Christian Lyre, 1831; attributed to Wolfgang A. Mozart; arranged by Hubert P. Main

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:
Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;
What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

If you haven’t taken up your cross, I plead with you, to take it up. Life is much better. You are living for a much better purpose, the Glory of Christ and the good of sinners.
Taking up your cross is dying to yourself, your sinful self, and letting Christ live through you; his righteousness live through you.
Take up your Cross and be like our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). Remember He took up a cross for your sin, not his. Be Like Christ Jesus!