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The Songs


"I will sing a new song to you, O God..."

                                        Psalm 144:9 (NIV)

Feel free to use these songs in your church or other ministry under your CCLI license.

Please note that the recordings below are not studio recordings.  Unless your definition of "studio" is a desk in your home office with a PC, some free software, and a cheap lapel mic.  In which case, they are studio recordings. :)

I hope you like them!

" But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." (John 14:26

-- Hebrew word for "Lord" or "God."  Interestingly, a plural form used as a singular when referring to God.
Yeshua -- English form of Jesus' Hebrew/Aramaic proper name.  Typically translated as "One who saves."
Ruach -- Hebrew word for spirit, breath, or wind.  Ruach Elohim is the "Spirit of God."

For centuries theologians, Bible scholars, apologists, and scientists have attempted to unlock the mysteries of God or prove the veracity of Scripture with reason or scientific proofs to support empirical evidence.  And certainly I believe that all of creation testifies to the Creator (Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1-3).  But at the end of the day, we must acknowledge that God is God, and we are not.  He is so far beyond our us.  He invites us to know Him intimately, but we will never fully comprehend Him, for he is God and we are His creatures.  God IS mystery, and when we attempt to completely remove that mystery, we attempt to dethrone Him, to make Him like us.

Eventually if we are to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we must accept the mysteries that are beyond us.  Acknowledge the truth of who He is and trust Him, even though we don't understand.  In fact, praise Him that we don't understand, for He is a mighty God, and worthy to be praised!

The doctrine of the Trinity is one such mystery.  I don't fully understand how our God can exist in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  But I know He does.  I have experienced the work of all three in my life.  I don't fully understand, but I bow in reverence to a God who is beyond me and yet loves me and wants to know me.

This song came out of this lack of understanding, followed by a realization that I don't have to understand.  May I, as His creation, forever testify to His existence and praise His name!

Trinity chord chart in PDF

"Oh Lord, You have searched me, and You know me." (Psalm 139:1)

Writing worship music can be intimidating sometimes.  How can I possibly craft words sufficient to describe our God?  And how can anything I create be worthy of Him?  The answers to these questions, respectively, are "you can't," and "it can't."  :)  Fortunately God loves us unconditionally, and is not only pleased when we praise Him, but he delights in us and our praises! (See Psalm 149).  He is a loving, doting Father who loves our praises because they come from us and are born out of authentic adoration, whether or not they are poetic or well sung.  In much the same way, I would cherish a scribbled pictured from my daughter, even though it may not win any art contests.

Thankfully we have an entire book full of some of the most beautiful and powerful words ever written to and about our God: The Bible.  And in particular, the book of Psalms, which is essentially a book of praise and worship lyrics.  We don't know the tunes that accompanied these songs originally, but the words are powerful.  Many of the best modern worship songs are adaptations of the Psalms (Shane and Shane are particularly adept at this).

Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Psalms.  It speaks of God's intimate knowledge of us before we were even born.  He lovingly created us and knows all there is to know about us.  In light of this, why would we want to be anywhere other than in His presence?

I hope you enjoy my attempt to put these amazing words to music.  And by the way, this is my first experiment with drum tracks, so be kind! ;)

139 Chord Chart in PDF

Use the player below to listen to 139

For This
"Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!" (John 12: 27-28a)

I'm often asked if I have a favorite verse of Scripture.  Well, I do!  It's John 12:27-28 (above).  To me this simple statement from Christ encapsulates one of the most profound mysteries of Christianity, namely that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man.  We see His humanity as He expresses His troubled heart to His friends, but His heartache is quickly tempered by the divine wisdom and knowledge of His Father's plans to which Christ, the Son, is unwaveringly committed.

Another jewel to be gleaned from this passage is insight into how God uses suffering and trials in our lives.  We often are so quick in our weakness to cry out to God to save us FROM our circumstances, but the reality is that God uses -- even orchestrates -- our circumstances to mold us into the image of His Son.  We must go THROUGH if we are to reach the blessing on the other side.  Taking us OUT would defeat the purpose.  Where would we be if God the Father had taken His Son OUT of His circumstance instead of bringing Him THROUGH?  And who are we to ask for anything more?

Enjoy the song...

Use the player below to listen to For This.

Be Enthroned
"You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3)

Where does God live?  A simple question, perhaps, but a profound one.  The answers that Scripture provides to this question reveal one of the great mysteries of God: His omnipresence.  Psalm 139 tells us that no matter where we go, God is there.  Jeremiah 23:23-24 tells us that God is always near and "fills the heavens and the Earth."

But Scripture also tells us that in addition to being everywhere, God has and does select very specific places to "dwell,"  even if only for a time.  In Genesis we see God taking a stroll in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8); in Exodus 25, God tells Moses that he will meet with him between the wings of the Cherubim that overshadow the Ark of the Covenant.  The Ark would later be placed in the Holy of Holies, the innermost room in the Tabernacle.  God dwelled in the Holy of Holies.  And of course God became flesh when Jesus Christ was born on earth (John 1), and our very own bodies are the "Temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19).

But perhaps my favorite Scripture that describes a dwelling place of God is Psalm 22:3.  The King James Version translates this verse as, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel."  God inhabits the praises of His people!  He lives in our praises!  What an amazing thought!  The New American Standard and other Bible translations say it a little differently: "You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel."  When we sing praises to God, we literally construct for Him a throne -- a dwelling place -- just as sure as if we were using stone and mortar, or gold and acacia wood instead of music and song!

Be Enthroned Chord Chart in PDF

Use the player below to listen to
Be Enthroned.

We Are The Redeemed

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His love Endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say this..." (Psalm 107)

I was reading the fine print on a coupon, wondering if I could use it to buy a sales item.  I scanned the tiny text, looking for phrases that began with "Cannot be redeemed..."  I was struck by the additional depth of meaning that we as Christ-followers ascribe to that word, "redeemed."

This was an odd circumstance in which to find Spiritual insight, but I think the metaphor works: when Jesus died on a tree for our sake and rose again three days later, He in effect issued a coupon to everyone who ever lived or will live.  A salvation coupon.  Redeem for one restored relationship, no additional purchase required.  Everyone gets the coupon.  But some ignore it on the kitchen counter or toss it in the trash with the junk mail.  Maybe they think they don't need it, or assume there is a catch.  Which there is, of course.  But some of us suspect that this coupon may have significant value, so we redeem it, only then discovering it's true worth.  And we become members of the greatest discount club of all time: we are The Redeemed!

By the way, the coupon is transferable and reusable, and it is our sacred duty to do exactly what we would do if we stumbled on another once-in-a-lifetime smokin' deal: share it with everyone we can!  For instructions on how to redeem your coupon, complete with terms and conditions, go here. :)

We Are The Redeemed Chord Chart in PDF

Use the player below to listen to We Are The Redeemed.

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