Friday, August 25, 2006

Favorite Worship Songs?

Hymns or choruses, fine or folk, gospel or high-church. Let us know the songs that most capture your passion for Jesus. Why this song(s)?


jshivley said...

How Deep the Father's Love for Us--
This is the first song that came to my mind...It's melody and harmonies are beautiful, the words inspire heart-felt, God-gloryfing emotions, and the song provides truth that we should often re-visit to remind us of the great sacrifice Jesus paid!

How deep the father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That he should give his only son
To make a wretch his treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon his shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from his reward?
I can not give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

am said...

Count Nicolas Ludwig von Zinzendorf
translated by John Wesley

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in Thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

The holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father's bosom came,
Who died for me, e'en me to atone,
Now for my Lord and God I own.

Lord, I believe Thy precious blood,
Which, at the mercy seat of God,
Forever doth for sinners plead,
For me, e'en for my soul, was shed.

Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.

When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Ev'n then this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died, for me.

Jesus, the endless praise to Thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me—
For me a full atonement made,
An everlasting ransom paid.

O let the dead now hear Thy voice;
Now bid Thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness.

Jeremy Whitten said...

"When I Survey the Wonderous Cross" - Isaac Watts (actually anything by Watts)

Also, this classic by Josiah Conder is one of my favorites. Its packed with deep theology and sums up the Doctrines of Grace as well as any song I've ever heard:

My Lord, I did not choose you, for that could never be,
My heart would still refuse you, had you not chosen me.

You took the sin that stained me, You cleansed me, made me new; Of old You have ordained me, that I should live with You.

Unless Your Grace had called me and taught my quickened mind, The world would have enthralled me, to heavenly glories blind.

My heart knows none above You, for Your rich grace I thirst, I know that if I love You, You must have loved me first!

Your love has been forever, from all eternity, Its drawing power never shall be withdrawn from me.

I know that I am kept by the strength of love Divine, And when I wake in Heaven, all glory shall be Thine.
-Josiah Conder (1789-1855)

Matthew Woodside said...

All those above are wonderful, here's a contemporary one from Caedmon's Call:

We're all stillborn, and dead in our transgression; we're shackled by, the sin we hold so dear.

So what part can I play, in the work of redemption? I can't refuse, I cannot add a thing.

I am just like Lazarus, and I can hear your voice. Open up my eyes and walk to you.

Because I have no choice.

I'm so thankful, that I'm incapable, of doing any good on my own.