Songs for Worship – November 18, 2018

Resources for personal devotion and/or family worship—whether planned or impromptu (e.g., like singing together in the car).

These song arrangements will differ in varying degrees from what you’ll hear at Cross Park, yet these melodies will prepare you for making “a joyful noise to the LORD!”

Sing His Love

Father, long before creation, you have chosen us in love,
And that love, so deep, so moving, draws us close to Christ above.
Still it keeps us, still it keeps us firmly fixed in Christ alone.

And the world will sing his love,
Yes the world will sing his love,
And we’ll all join hands, every woman, every man,
To sing his love, to sing his love.

Though the world may change its fashion, yet our God is ever the same;
His compassion and his cov’nant through all ages will remain.
God’s own children, God’s own children must forever praise his name.   Chorus

God’s compassion is my story, is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us that his only Son he gave.   Chorus

Loving Father, now before you, we will ever praise your love,
And our songs will sound unceasing till we reach our home above,
Giving glory, giving glory to our God and to the Lamb.   Chorus

Words: Chinese Hymn, trans. Francis Jones; Music: Andrew Osenga; © 2005 The Velvet Eagle Sings; CCLI License #11029770

Thy Mercy, My God

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affection and bound my soul fast.

Without thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through thy free goodness, my spirit’s revived,
And he that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep for the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

Great Father of mercies, thy goodness I own,
In the covenant love of thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

Words: John Stocker; Music: Sandra McCracken; © 2001 Same Old Dress Music; CCLI License #11029770

Anchor of Hope

Marvelous, wonderful, infinite God;
Author of all that is good;
Faithful provider and giver of life;
Source of all power and love!

Great is the Lord,
And most worthy of praise;
Refuge of strength to the end;
Righteous redeemer
And mighty to save—
He’s the anchor of hope
For the souls of men!

Gracious, compassionate, merciful God;
Radiant, holy delight;
Beautiful Father, victorious Son;
Source of unchangeable light!   Chorus

You are light in the dark,
You are healing for the broken heart
You are hope, you are Lord,
You are life, you are love that endures!

Powerful, constant, unwavering God;
Shepherd who comes for the lost;
Rock of salvation—remarkable love—
Savior who died on the cross!   Chorus

Words and Music: Brown Bannister, Ellie Holcomb; © 2011 Full Heart Music; Banistuci Music; CCLI License #11029770

To Christ The Lord Let Every Tongue

To Christ the Lord let every tongue its noblest tribute bring.
When he’s the subject of the song, who can refuse to sing?
Survey the beauties of his face, and on his glories dwell;
Think of the wonder of his grace, and all his triumphs tell!

He saw me plunged in deep distress, he fled to my relief;
For me he bore the shameful cross and carried all my grief!
His hand a thousand blessings pours upon my guilty head;
His presence gilds my darkest hours and guards my sleeping bed.

To him I owe my life, and breath, and all the joys I have;
He makes me triumph over death, and saves me from the grave!
To heav’n, the place of his abode, he brings my weary feet;
Shows me the glories of my God, and makes my joy complete!

Since from his bounty I receive such proofs of love divine,
Had I a thousand hearts to give, Lord, they should all be thine!
A thousand men could not compose a worthy song to bring;
Yet your love is a melody our hearts can’t help but sing!

Words: Samuel Stennett; Music: Laura Taylor; © 2001 Laura Taylor Music; CCLI License #11029770

Oh Give Thanks (Psalm 107)

We were wand’ring in the desert with our souls so starved and weak.
We were hungry for a homeland we did not know how to seek.
But we lifted up our voices to the only One who hears;
And the God of mercy came and brought us near.

We were locked out of the garden, and our backs bent down with pain.
In the shadow of death’s darkness, we were slaves to sin and blame.
Then we cried out in our labor to the only One who hears,
And the God of mercy wiped away our tears.

Oh give thanks to the LORD for His love endures forever!
We were wandering and lost, and our Father brought us home,
To a safe dwelling place, to a feast of joy and laughter.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

We were fools in our rebellion, with our hunger strike of pride.
We were sick and growing closer to the death we should have died.
Then he heard of our condition, and he called us by our names;
And the God of glory took away our shame.   Chorus

We were far out on the ocean, making wealth and chasing dreams,
But the waves of great destruction brought us tremb’ling to our knees.
Then we cried like drunken sailors to the only One who hears,
And the God of comfort took away our fears.   Chorus

Words and Music: © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough; CCLI License #11029770

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