I’m taking a break from Q&A Friday to thank you for stopping by worshipmatters.com.
A free song is available as a download to the right. It’s from our most recent project, WorshipGod Live. It’s called “Receive the Glory,” and I wrote it for the “Milestone Weekend” (Sept. 18-19, 2004) when my former senior pastor, C.J. Mahaney, turned the leadership of Covenant Life Church over to Josh Harris, our present senior pastor. C.J. had started the church 27 years earlier, and had been eagerly awaiting the day he would hand the leadership of the church over to a younger man. At a time when CJ could have drawn attention to himself and all that he had built, he focused on expressing gratefulness for God’s grace and encouraging everyone around him. His example inspired me to write these words based on a verse CJ has often referenced, Psalm 115:1.
Not to us, but to Your name alone
Be all the glory, the glory forever
For your faithfulness and steadfast love
Receive the glory, the glory
Belongs to You.
All that we’ve accomplished You have done for us
And any fruit we harvest is a gift from Your hand
We are only jars of clay
That hold a priceless treasure
And we exist to bring You pleasure, O God
Only by Your mercy can we come to You
Though we deserved Your judgment
You have called us by name
So we glory in the cross of Christ
That made us Yours forever
That joined our lives together to sing
Copyright 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise. A division of Sovereign Grace Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
(If you’d be interested in seeing how we celebrated a 50 year old pastor joyfully and graciously turning over his church to a 29 year old pastor, you can purchase a video of the entire Milestone Weekend here.)