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    I have noticed a number of blogs talk about "Jesus or my Girlfriend" praise and worship songs/hymns. They are refering to the sad fact that many of the lyrics in the songs we sing could equally be sung to Jesus or to our girlfriend.

    Quite rightly, these blog articles lament the fact that much if not all theological content is missing in these new songs. The good news is that there are exceptions in our day. I'd like to recommend a new CD from England by Keith and Kristyn Getty that features songs based on the Apostles Creed.

    Here are the lyrics for two of the songs:

    OH TO SEE THE DAWN
    Oh to see the dawn
    Of the darkest day
    Christ on the road to Calvary
    Tried by sinful men
    Torn and beaten then
    Nailed to a cross of wood

    This the power of the cross
    Christ became sin for us
    Took the blame, bore the wrath
    We stand forgiven at the cross

    Oh to see the pain
    Written on Your face
    Bearing the awesome weight of sin
    Every bitter thought
    Every evil deed
    Crowning Your bloodstained brow

    Now the daylight flees
    Now the ground beneath
    Quakes as it's Maker bows His head
    Curtain torn in two
    Dead are raised to life
    Finished the victory cry

    Oh to see my name
    Written in the wounds
    For through Your suffering I am free
    Death is crushed to death
    Life is mine to live
    Won through Your selfless love

    This the power of the cross
    Son of God slain for us
    What a love What a cost
    We stand forgiven at the cross

    IN CHRIST ALONE
    In Christ alone my hope is found
    He is my light my strength my song
    This Cornerstone this solid Ground
    Firm throught the fiercest drought and storm
    What heights of love what depths of peace
    When fears are stilled when strivings cease
    My Comforter my All in All
    Here in the love of Christ I stand

    In Christ alone who took on flesh
    Fullness of God in helpless Babe
    This gift of love and righteousness
    Scorned by the ones He came to save
    Till on that cross as Jesus died
    The wrath of God was satisfied
    For every sin on Him was laid
    Here in the death of Christ I live

    There in the ground His body lay
    Light of the world by darkness slain
    Then bursting forth in glorious day
    Up from the grave He rose again
    And as He stands in victory
    Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
    For I am His and He is mine
    Bought with the precious blood of Christ

    No guilt in life no fear in death
    This is the power of Christ in me
    From life's first cry to final breath
    Jesus commands my destiny
    No power of hell no scheme of man
    Can ever pluck me from His hand
    Till He returns or calls me home
    Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

    For those interested in learning more and possibly purchasing the CD, you can click on the link here


    Posted by John Samson on July 9, 2006 10:40 PM

    Comments

    I might also add Derek Webb to your list. I found his music a couple of weeks ago, and it is definitely an exception to the I love Jesus/He Loves me/We're a happy family type of stuff that's so common and availabe in today's "Christian Music Industry."

    It's old, but true: Christian Music can barely be considered either.

    I would recommend Derek Webb as well... Indelible Grace is another amazing project in which old hymns have been put to new music. I have all four CDs and am continually blessed by them.

    http://www.igracemusic.com

    Sovereign Grace Ministries also has over 200 well-written worship songs. "Grace Unmeasured" and "I Will Glory in my Redeemer" are two of my favorites. Click on "Music" at sovgracemin.org.

    Stuart Townend also writes modern hymns, such as "Before the Throne of God Above" and "How Deep the Father's Love for Us". Our church is going to begin incorporating these songs into our worship services.

    Thanks Chelsy for posting info about the music from Dereck Webb. Wow, just listening to the samples of the CD, Beams of Heaven, blessed my spirit.

    Many of the CDs mentioned are available at a discount here:
    http://www.monergismbooks.com/001music.html

    I hate to pile on the synergists, but it seems that their understanding of grace (i.e. non-sovereign grace) plays itself out in all aspects of their worship, including the songs they sing. I think that's a big part of the reason we have such watered down, "seeker-sensitive" Christian music today.

    Agree/disagree?

    Also check out the music of Stuart Townend. He wrote In Christ Alone with Getty. He also wrote How Deep the Father's Love for Us which many of you may know...

    I'm a Reformed Christian too, but I'm very disappointed by your attitude that songs expressing passionate love for my Lord Jesus are somehow of lower quality. I'm not saying we all need to become Catholics or Pentecostals to appreciate the Song of Solomon, or being the Bride of Christ, but let's at least appreciate our brethren.

    Thanks Chelsy for posting info about the music.

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