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One of My Favorite Songs Right Now

This is “Rule” from the Passion 2017 collection.

It’s by Hillsong United and Crowder.

It’s AWESOME; enjoy!

Kyrie Eleison

Lord, have mercy:
Loving Father, God Most High,
Thank You for Your great compassion.
Thank You for love that transcends every situation.
Thank You for understanding us so well.
Though You have the power to do anything,
Let Your lovingkindness prevail on us and our nation. Amen.

Christ, have mercy:
Anointed One of God, Savior of the world,
Thank You for Your profound sacrifice.
Thank You for redemption and healing.
Thank You for bringing us into the Household of God.
May Your finished work be manifest in our lives.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy:
Lord of lords, King of kings,
May Your Kingdom be made known on Earth,
Until every sickness is banished,
Every injury is forgiven and healed,
Death is never seen again.  Amen.


It is impossible to read or watch the news these days without being assaulted by stories of murder, terror, disasters, tragedy and everything else that is negative or hurtful.  That even goes for me:  I read through headlines on one site; then I’m done.

With all of these troubles in mind, I give you the perspective of an old hymn:


This beautiful piece was written by Felix Mendelssohn.  It’s part of his oratorio, “Elijah”


It comes from Psalm 121

I’m learning it for Sacred Music, a recital in May.  Mine is the second soprano part.





This beautiful song was released in 2010 by Gateway Worship.
The main theme is,
“I hear the Lord passing by;
This could be my day of visitation…”
If we ever needed such a day, it’s now.
“Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.”




You know how a song can be out for a while; then it’s just the right season and the song really speaks to you?

That would be this one by Vertical Church Band.  Enjoy:



Quiet my mind,
So I vcan hear my heart:
All the questions and struggles there.
Make my soul calm,
Until I can hear you:
The knowledge and wisdom you share.


Friend Stillness come,
So that I can listen:
To all that Holy Spirit says.
All striving leave,
Until I am able
To follow and worship God’s ways.


I trust in you,
Lord, my source and my goal:
I glorify your holy name.
May all I am,
Everything that I do:
Be anointed to spread your fame.



There are at least three tunes for this hymn, which isn’t surprising, given it’s antiquity.

The words were written by Charles Wesley in 1740.  I especially like them because of the hope they inspire.


1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise!
Triumph o’er the shades of night:
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till thy mercy’s beams I see,
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine!
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!
Fill me, Radiancy Divine;
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.



These are the words to a song I am composing. I have the melody and some of the harmony:


You’re the author of my heritage;
My life is found in you.
You know the plans you have for me
And my destiny is true.
The riches of my legacy
Will bless for years to come;
I’m your precious child, oh Lord Most High
And your kingdom is my home.


You live in me;
I’m alive in you
Through Eternity;
In all I am;
In all I do.


My sense is, God is calling His people to lay down all distractions:  Worry, offense, contentions, comparisons, pursuit of things that are not initiated by him…

With that in mind, here is a song to encourage you.

It is one of Chris Tomlin’s new ones, powerful and firm when it comes to putting trust in Jesus.