You're driving down the road, wearing headphones, or you're at church and God's wonderful creation of music is being played. You notice that the lyrics you're hearing are amazing and they glorify God. They make you think about God's power, love, mercy, and grace. He allowed man, His creation, to come across a combination and order of words in a language He allowed to develop in the minds of man. The words probably rhyme, and you were made with the capacity to notice that. God has truly blessed us with lyrics and music. Together, when created with righteous intentions, they truly glorify Him.
As we're singing or listening, some lyrics stand out to us. What sets some lyrics apart from others? Let's take a look at some of the best lyrics known today, and the reasons why we love them. I'm going to start out with some of the best, but I encourage you to comment or email your favorite worship lyrics as well as your reasoning. Maybe we could add them to this post?
If you're new to CityAlight you may not know this one, but it is full of theologically rich lyrics. It starts off with:
"See Him in Jerusalem
Walking where the crowds are
Once these streets had sung to Him
Now they cry for murder"
I promise, at that point, those lyrics are just getting started. They continue on with more sound and biblical lyrics, and then come to my favorite verse. This one will make you think:
"See Him there upon the cross
Now no longer breathing
Dust that formed the watching crowds
Takes the blood of Jesus"
The first time I really realized what was said there I was floored. The writers (Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson and Tiarne Kleyn) captured that the Creator, who formed man from the dust of His earth, was bleeding as the sacrifice for our sins. As His creation watched Him on the cross, His blood reaches the dust of the earth and the ones created from it who believe in Him.
Check out the song story for "Jerusalem" in our Great Examples post.
May Scripture remind us:
Genesis 2:7 (NASB): "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."
John 19:34 (NASB): "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out."
Revelation 1:5 (NASB): "and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—"
This one dates back to 1772, but still speaks clearly to us today. I want to highlight the last verse because I think it's incredible.
"When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy power to save"
It creates this image of an elderly saint, his body worn, laying to rest as his temporary earthly life ends. His hope finally becomes reality as He is raised to life in Christ, and He earnestly sings of his Savior's saving power. These lyrics glorify God!
Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook, this song is lyrically strong. We need a strong and perfect plea before God's throne, and it can only be found in Christ.
"Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me"
What a great picture of Christ taking our place before the Just.
"One with Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God"
It's as if we can't really die once we are saved in Christ. Though are life on earth ends, we see Jesus afterwards and begin life unimaginable in His Heaven.
What brings the Christian to love lyrics is a powerful and poetic revealing of truth. We delight in the truth of God. We find His truth in Scripture, and it's no coincidence that the best worship lyrics are based on His word.
As stated above, please comment or email us your favorite worship lyrics and the reason you love them. We'll use your input to add to this post and create a massive lyric lover's dream.
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