Last week I posted a download and stream of Nail My Glory, one of the live songs from the New Attitude conference in Louisville, KY. I have three more for you today.
The first is the song Ransomed, written by my son Jordan, with original words by John Kent (1827). A number of people commented on the use of the staccato strings, aka pizzicato. It’s not something you hear often in corporate worship but seemed to work well. You can download the song by clicking here, or listen to it below.
All I Have is Christ
We also used a choir of about 70 folks this year for the Monday night meeting. Last year we had a choir of around 90 people, but just a handful were guys. To remedy that situation we made sure that 20 guys were committed to the choir before we even got word out to the ladies. On top of that, when we were at our one and only rehearsal Sunday night, someone had the brilliant idea of calling guys on the spot to join. We rounded up about 5 or 6 more that way. And we had some solid tenors. The first song is All I Have is Christ, this one written entirely by Jordan. I love the whole song, but especially the second verse and chorus.
But as I ran my hell bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
What a thought! My greatest cause for rejoicing is that all ll I have, all I need, and all I want—is Christ. I’m affected every time I realize that Christ truly is my life.
Lead sheet available here. Download here. Listen below. It begins with the chorus.
You can download guitar charts for both these songs, and all the songs from Looked Upon, at the Sovereign Grace Store.
Let Your Kingdom Come
We also used the choir on a song I wrote called “Let Your Kingdom Come.” It’s from one of the Valley of Vision prayers, God’s Cause. Here’s the second verse that convicts and encourages me every time I sing it.
Give us Your strength, Oh God
And courage to speak
Perform Your wondrous deeds
Through those who are weak
Lord, use us as You want
Whatever the test
By grace, we’ll preach Your gospel
Till our dying death.
Download the live track here. Download the guitar chart here. Listen to the live recording below.
Later this week, I’ll answer a question left in the comments last week about using choirs on the worship team.
(Thanks to Dave Mackenzie for recording and providing all these MP3s for download and to Joshua Bergren for the picture.)
thank you, dear friends, for the effort involved in giving us a lead sheet for “all i have is Christ”. what a blessing to God’s people you all are.
Bob…I just want to thank you for the wealth of truth you bring with each newsletter and post. It truly is Christ-centred and I’m edified and enriched and given fresh wonder at the awesome God we serve with everything I read on Worship Matters. It is so plainly evident that you want to honour God and that you do everything you do for His glory. Thank you for posting the song ‘All I have is Christ’ with the choir…sounds awesome! But more than that my eyes filled with tears as I heard the song, read the words, and pondered the wonderous mercy of our Saviour. ‘Let Your Kingdom come’ is also one of my favourites! Looking forward to your answer about using choirs. God bless!
Thank you!! I have loved the whole Looked Upon cd, but especially All I Have is Christ. God used this song to speak to me at NA and has continued using it since. I especially love the last verse:
Now Lord I would be yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father use this ransome life
In any way you choose
And may my song forever be
My only boast is You
God has used these words in a huge way in the last couple weeks. I am so thankful that He led Jordan to write them.
Wow. I’m slightly biased because I was in the choir but I definitely got chills listening to “All I Have Is Christ”. Thank you so much for posting these. Any chance that Dave MacKenzie might post somewhere on the Internet the other songs that the choir did? :)
The plucking (or pizzicato as I believe it’s called) is incredible. Judah, if you read this, great job arranging the strings section.
i am trying to learn this song on the guitar and cant find a tab for it…..i am just a beginner but have learned many songs from tabs it would help out alot if you could work up some sort of solution for me :)
Corey, all the guitar charts can be found at the Sovereign Grace Store.