Grace Wins

Grace Wins

Matthew West

Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
    Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
    and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
    his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
    known as God of the whole earth.

– Isaiah 54:4-5 (The Message)

 

In my weakest moment I see You Shaking Your head in disgrace
I can read the disappointment written all over Your face
Here come those whispers in my ear saying “who do you think you are?”
Looks like you’re on your own from here
cuz grace could never reach that far

But in the shadow of that shame, beat down by all the blame
I hear You call my name saying it’s not over
And my heart starts to beat so loud now
Drowning out the doubt, I’m down but I’m not out

There’s a war between guilt and grace
and they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof grace wins every time
No more lying down in death’s defeat
Now I’m rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah grace wins every time

Words can’t describe the way it feels when mercy floods a thirsty soul
The broke inside begins to heal and grace returns what guilty stoleFor the prodigal son, grace wins
For the woman at the well, grace wins
For the blind man and the beggar, grace wins
For always and forever, grace wins
For the lost out on the street, grace wins
For the worst part of you and me, grace wins
For the thief on the cross, grace wins
For a world that is lost

For some, this song is a wake up call. For many (myself included), this is an urgent reminder, that we are NOT our failures but are children of Grace. And that Grace is a defeater of shame. So when singing this song, especially the bridge, place yourself specifically in the lyrics. For YOU, whoever you are, wherever you’re at, whatever you’ve done / are doing, Grace wins. Every time. -Matt Greene

To download the chord charts: Grace Wins – D

To purchase the song, go here.

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10,000 Reasons

10,000 Reasons

Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman

 

“Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.”

– Psalm 103:1-2 (The Message)

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
O my soul,
Worship His holy name.
Sing like never before,
0 my soul.
I’ll worship Your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning;
It’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger.
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind.
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing;
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

And on that day when my strength is failing,
The end draws near, and my time has come;
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending:
Ten thousand years and then forevermore!

 

There’s a reason this song has become a giant, inescapable anthem within the church. Sure, the chorus is a giant melodic beauty, and the verses each build for any community to get excited by. However, what really makes this so ubiquitous is its poetic, biblical theology. Beautifully compares a day to an entire life, we see the natural hope of beginnings, and the supernatural hope in endings we get only from Christ. So when singing this song, use your voice bless His name for the graceful hope He has provided. -Matt Greene

 

To download the chord chart: 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) – G.

To purchase the song, go here.

Come Alive (Dry Bones)

“Come Alive (Dry Bones)”

Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren

 

“He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones: “Dry bones, listen to the Message of God!”‘

God, the Master, told the dry bones, ‘Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!’

I prophesied just as I’d been commanded. As I prophesied, there was a sound and, oh, rustling! The bones moved and came together, bone to bone.”

– Ezekial 37:4-8a (The Message)

 

Through the eyes of man it seems there’s so much we have lost
As we look down the road where all the prodigals have walked
And one by one the enemy has whispered lies
and led them off as slaves
But I know that You are God, Yours is the victory
We know there is more to come that we may not yet see
So with the faith You’ve given us
we step into the valley unafraid
You call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive
You call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise
You call out to dry bones come alive
God of endless mercy, God of unrelenting love
Rescue every daughter bring us back the wayward sons
And by Your spirit breathe upon them
show the world that You alone can save, You alone can save
So breathe, oh breath of God
Now breathe, oh breath of God
Breathe, oh breath of God
Now breathe

I love how this song, a song that is big on CCM radio right now, is not only catchy and emotionally stirring, but theologically strong and biblically centered. As Christians, we know there is a future implication to the words in Ezekiel about God calling forth the dead to live. However, there’s a not-so-subtle implication for the present. So when singing this song, cry for the life-giving breath of God to restore purpose and drive to the walking dead among us…which could include ourselves. -Matt Greene

To download the chord chart: Come Alive (Dry Bones) – G.

To purchase the song, go here.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

John Newton

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.

– Ephesians 2:7-8 (The Message)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

It was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
It was Grace that brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

 

What is there to say about this piece of classic perfection? It’s melody is simple and soaring. It’s structure builds with anthemic brilliance. It’s theology is sound and timeless. And it’s message of God’s goodness overwhelming our failures is as powerful today as it was centuries ago, and will be for centuries to come. When singing this, join in the retroactive chorus of broken saints everywhere singing out our praise for a God whose grace is all we need. -Matt Greene

To download the chord chart: Amazing Grace – G.

To purchase the song, go here.

Over and Over Again

Over and Over Again

Adam Palmer, Matthew Hein, Jonathan Smith, Stephanie Kulla

For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

– Luke 19:10 (The Message)

 

Wake me up from my slumber, oh God
Take these shaking hands and hold them still
Wake me up from my slumber, oh God
Lift my eyes to Yours, where my help comes from

Over and over again,
Your love and Your mercy begin
No matter how far, You find me where I am

When my fears chase my failures, oh God
Oh when heaven’s glow, seems so far
Wake me up to Your glory, oh God
Draw my eyes to Yours, where my help comes from

In my suffering and in my weakness and
When from You I ran, You find me
In the dark of sin, When I’m there again
You find me, You find me

Wake me up to Your glory, oh God
Lift my eyes to Yours, where my help comes from

 

God is a stubborn character. While we find our way to Him and then away from Him over and over again, He brings us into His mercy and love even more. So when singing this, just use it as a prayer of thanks that God’s mercy is stubborn and never-ending. -Matt Greene

To download the chord chart: Over and Over Again – E.

To purchase the song, go here.

Good Good Father

“Good Good Father”

Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.

– 1 John 3:1a (The Message)

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think You’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
You tell me that You’re pleased and that I’m never alone
You’re a good, good father
It’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide
‘Cuz You know just what we need before we say a word
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
Love so undeniable I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
Into love
If you’ve ever held a theological conversation with me, you may have heard me say that 1 Corinthians 2:2 is by far my favorite verse: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” It’s so tempting and easy to be weighed down by the minutiae of our beliefs, the hard to ignore contradictions in our faith, the differences we all hold to as “truth”. I’m constantly having to re-center myself on the simple truth found in that verse. Jesus, the human example of God’s perfect Fatherly love, showing us what true love looks like by changing our relationship with God and our very identity. When singing this, block out all other ancillary thoughts and hone in on the fact that you are a child of Perfect Love. -Matt Greene

To download the chord chart: Good Good Father-G.

To purchase the song, go here.

New Every Morning

“New Every Morning”

Audrey Assad, Matt Maher

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

In the beginning, You hovered over the water
You broke an unbroken silence
You spoke light into darkness
And there was light
In the beginning, we were made in Your image
And we were naked without shame
Till we fell for the darkness
And there was night

Your mercies are new, Your mercies are new
New every morning
In the beginning, there was the Word and He was God
And the Word was with God, and He dwelt among us
And there was life
Oh, in the beginning, the Lamb of God was broken
And His blood was poured out for the sins of the world
And there was life
At the cross, at the cross
Where I first saw the light
At the cross, at the cross
I received my sight
At the cross, at the cross
Where You laid down Your life
There’s a lot to appreciate in the song: the calm beauty, the soaring melody, the tasteful yet powerful dynamics. However, what I really love is how biblically based the lyrics are. It pulls from all over both testaments, creating a story whose every moments points towards the truth of God’s endless mercy. So when singing this song, praise God for his steadfastness, and remember that You cannot stop his furious love from reaching you each day.  -Matt Greene

To download the chord chart: New Every Morning-A.

To purchase the song, go here.

In The River

“In The River”

Chris Quilala, Joshua Silverberg, Mark Alan Schoolmeesters, Ryan Williams

Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.

– John 4:14 (The Message)

 

There is a river where goodness flows
There is a fountain that drowns sorrows
There is an ocean deeper than fear
The tide is rising, rising

There is a current stirring deep inside
It’s overflowing from the heart of God
The flood of heaven crashing over us
The tide is rising, rising

Bursting, bursting up from the ground, we feel it now
Bursting, bursting up from the ground, we feel it now

We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river

Break open prison doors
Set all the captives free
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well in me
Nothing can stop this joy
We’re dancing in the streets
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well in me

“River: a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel.” Based on the very definition of the word, a river is something that MUST flow. Think about a river…it’s a seemingly endless flow of life that cannot be stopped. Even when we dam a river, it doesn’t “stop”, it just moves differently. The Love of God is a wild river, unconcerned with what it sweeps up, only focused on taking us towards Oceans of His Peace. When singing this song, pray that we don’t fight the current; may we stretch out our arms and come alive in His River. -Matt Greene

 

To download the chord chart: In The River-A.

To purchase the song, go here.

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”

Martin Smith

 

Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!
    I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
    how you built the cosmos
    and guaranteed everything in it.
Your love has always been our lives’ foundation,
    your fidelity has been the roof over our world.

– Psalm 89:1-2 (The Message)

Over the mountains and the sea,
Your river runs with love for me,
and I will open up my heart and let the Healer set me free.
I’m happy to be in the truth,
and I will daily lift my hands:
for I will always sing of when Your love came down.

I could sing of Your love forever

Oh, I feel like dancing
it’s foolishness I know;
but, when the world has seen the light,
they will dance with joy like we’re dancing now.

 

A modern worship classic that sustains because of its simple truth. When life is finite and ugly, God’s love is boundless and beautiful, so proclaiming it is a natural response to its presence. So when singing this song, allow that Love to overwhelm you and then lift your voice in abandon to God’s goodness. -Matt Greene

 

To download the chord chart: I Could Sing of Your Love Forever-G.

To purchase the song, go here.

My Lighthouse

“My Lighthouse”

Rend Collective

 

Jesus once again addressed them: ‘I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.’

– John 8:12 (The Message)

 

In my wresting and in my doubts
In my failures, You won’t walk out
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence, You won’t let go
In my questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

My lighthouse, My lighthouse
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You
My lighthouse, My lighthouse
I will trust the promise, You will carry me
Safe to shore-woah-woah
Safe to shore-woah-woah
Safe to shore-woah-woah
Safe to shore

I won’t fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning, I’ll rise and sing
My God’s love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Fire before us
You’re the brightest
You will lead us through the storms

 

I’m a sucker for lighthouse imagery, and I’m not totally sure why. Part of me wonders if it’s from growing up watching 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, which prominently features a lighthouse. In the story, the lady who runs and owns the lighthouse uses it as a beacon of hope, that her long lost love will see it and return home. (SPOILER ALERT) When the man miraculously returns, he sees through the storm to the hope-filled flickering of the lighthouse. As ecstatic as he is to see that small glimmer, it’s not the lighthouse or even the light itself he’s excited to see; it’s the love the light points to waiting for him on the shores. When singing this song, celebrate the perfect light that is leading us through the storm to Its shores of Love and Peace. -Matt Greene

 

To download the chord chart: My Lighthouse-c.

To purchase the song, go here.