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 February 25, 2018, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Into the Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:
ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Written by Neil Robins, 2010. Adapted from “Psalm 51, Part II” by Isaac Watts, 1791 . Nothing we do (“no bleeding bird or beast, no hyssop branch, no priest”) is enough to make us sinners right before a perfect and holy God. In other words, no kind of sacrifice or right-living will set us right before God. Only the blood of Jesus can set us free. Great words to this song.
O PRAISE THE NAME (ANÁSTASIS)
Written by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson, 2015. Focusing on the crucifixion, resurrection, and Second Coming of Christ, this song’s chorus is a response of joy and praise to great news of the gospel.
HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US
Written by Stuart Townend, 1995. Structured like a traditional hymn, this relatively modern song has a clear presentation of God’s great love for his people. “Why should I gain from His reward?/I cannot give an answer/But this I know with all my heart/His wounds have paid my ransom.” True words.
BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE
Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1863) and Vikki Cook (1997). The lyrics for this old hymn were written in the 19-century and revived with a new tune in the 1990s. “Before The Throne” is a song showing us that we have right standing before God because “the sinless Savior died.” It’s a really powerful song.
THERE IS A FOUNTAIN
Written by E.O. Excell, L. Mason, Wm. Cowper. Arrangement by Citizens & Saints. William Cowper wrote this hymn after a major bout with depression. Though he continued to struggle, he found hope in the words of this song and in the hope of Jesus. Find out more about this song’s origins.