Numerous people have asked me to post the songs we sang at the Together for the Gospel conference. I’ve listed them below. I’ve also given the song number from the 1990 Trinity Hymnal (TH).
How Sweet and Awful is the Place (Lyrics by Isaac Watts, TH469) NOTE: Cyberhymnal lists a verse 2 that we didn’t sing at the conference. We guessed that singing about "the bowel of our God" might have been a distraction.
How Deep the Father’s Love (Stuart Townend)
The Gospel Song (Lyrics by Drew Jones, Music by Bob Kauflin)
When I Survey (Lyrics by Isaac Watts, Music arr. by Lowell Mason, TH252)
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross (Lyrics by Fanny Crosby, Music by William Doane, TH264)
It Is Well (Lyrics by Horatio Spafford, Music by Phillip Bliss TH692)
On Friday morning I combined The Gospel Song with When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Here are the lyrics:
Holy God in love became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross He took my sin
By His death I live again.
I put the two songs together because When I Survey, which remains one of the greatest hymns in the English language, contains no reference to what the cross actually DID. We survey it, marvel at it, respond to it, but are never told what it accomplished. Of course, Watts covered that topic more than adequately in many of his other 650 or so hymns. Join All the Glorious Names, Not All the Blood of Beasts, and Alas! And Did my Savior Bleed are three that come to mind. The words to The Gospel Song were written by Drew Jones, a member of our church. It was an attempt to communicate the foundational truths of the Gospel in one simple, but memorable, verse.
It was a joy and a privilege to lead the attendees at the conference in worshipping the Savior through song. Can’t wait until 2008.