When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week.
For the services of September 3, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:
HOW GREAT THOU ART
Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. It’s hard to believe that this song is less than 60 years old. The third verse is particularly impactful. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing/Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in/That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing/He bled and died to take away my sin/Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee/How great thou art.” Download (free) “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by Trio (fast version). Download (free) “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by At One (slow version).
HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOR
Written by Philip Paul Bliss and Tommy Walker, 2004. Based on the old hymn “Man of Sorrows, What A Name,” this updated version adds a chorus but sticks to the theme of going through the gospel and adding praise to God for his mercy towards us.
JESUS PAID IT ALL
Written by Elvina M. Hall, 1865. We can do nothing to earn our favor with God. Only Christ’s blood makes us holy. Not our good works, not any action we take — ONLY Christ’s blood.
COME AS YOU ARE
Written by Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher, 2014. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This song, along with songs like the old hymn “Just As I Am” reflect that thought. We can come to Jesus and find forgiveness just as we are, not having to clean ourselves up first. Thank God, he finds us in our lowly estate and rescues us from darkness.
READY, WILLING, ABLE
Written by Daniel Ross, Mike Crockett; 2012. Taken from Luke 12:35-56, this original song focuses on keeping our hearts ready for the Master’s return. We are not called to know the hour, but only to be ready. Buy “Ready, Willing, Able” by At One.