When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an 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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of November 22, 2015, CCJ band The Reprise led music and we sang:
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 “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by Trio. (fast version)
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by At One. (slow version)
ALL BOW DOWN
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash; 2004. We’ve amped up Tomlin’s version quite a bit. The words, though, are what are important to this song. One day ‘every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
Download “All Bow Down (Live at CCJ)” by THE REPRISE.
Buy “All Bow Down” by Chris Tomlin.
MY SAVIOR’S LOVE (I STAND AMAZED)
Written by Charles H. Gabriel, Edwin O. Excell, 1905. Arrangement by Chris Tomlin, 2006. This is a slowed-down version of the hymn “I Stand Amazed In The Presence.”
Buy “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” by Chris Tomlin.
YOU NEVER LET GO
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2005. CCJ sings this one very well. We love singing this one with you. This is such a great song of hope and faith, nowing that there will be an end to the troubles of this life, but until then, we will praise Him.
Buy “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman.
Download “You Never Let Go (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
Written by Cam Huxford, 2011. Huxford says of this song, “One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.”
Buy “One God” by Ghost Ship.
ON OUR SIDE
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. This is another Chris Tomlin song that we’ve more or less revamped in style to make it our own. Romans 8 says, “if God be for us, who can be against us?” A great encouragement for Christians.
Download “On Our Side” by Chris Tomlin.