Worship Wednesday – “Truth I’m Standing On”

On August 5, 2020, I received an email from a friend of mine, Jess Kerley, that simply said, “Hey Jason, this is an amazing song”! The song he was referring to is “Truth I’m Standing On” by Leanna Crawford.

Fast forward 5 months and this same song started off Jess’ funeral. You see Jess had been fighting cancer for almost a year. He told me that this song meant so much to him and said that he loved the words to the chorus. Those words goes like this…

This is the truth I’m standing on
Even when all my strength is gone
You are faithful forever
And I know You’ll never let me fall

Right now I’m choosing to believe
Someday soon I’ll look back and see
All the pain had a purpose
Your plan was perfect all along
This is the truth I’m standing on

Jess’ “someday” came sooner than any of us wanted. Jess’ strength was gone but his faith in his Savior was not deterred. He found out the reason for his pain and that God’s plan was and is “perfect all along”.

Verse two of this song says these words:

Good, I believe You’re still good
Even when life’s not good
I will not loose this hope

The God who parts the sea
Promises He’s gonna
Make a way for me

Jess held onto these words tightly. You see, Jess knew where his hope came from. Jess knew that this hope could not come from any man but from the One who paid the price for his sins and gave himself as a sacrifice. Jess knew that one day he would see his Savior face to face. This was Jess’ hope and this was the truth that Jess was standing on!

Jess, I love you and I miss you. I know you are healed and I know your cancer is no more. For this I rejoice! Because Jesus is also my hope, one day my friend, I will see you again. Until that day…

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song!

Worship Wednesday – “Ancient Of Days”

Our first Worship Wednesday for 2021 begins with a song that I absolutely love. The melody is easy to sing and the words are incredible. It is also a wonderful reminder to all of us of who is in control of everything. The name of the song is “Ancient of Days”. No, not that “Ancient of Days”, but a new song from CityAlight with the same name.

The chorus goes:

None above Him, none before Him
All of time in His hands
For His throne it shall remain and ever stand
All the power, all the glory
I will trust in His name
For my God is, the Ancient of Days

A look into the book of Daniel 7 gives us the reference of Ancient of Days. The following information is given from my ESV Study Bible…

The Ancient of Days, God himself, sat on the central throne. His clothing was white as snow, representing uncompromising and radiant purity; his hair was as white as pure wool, symbolizing the wisdom that comes with great age. His chariot-throne was flaming with fire and its wheels were ablaze, images of the divine warrior’s fearsome power to destroy his enemy. A stream of fire flowed out from before him, and he was surrounded by myriads upon myriads of angelic attendants. (referencing Daniel 7:9-12)

The scene depicts in powerful imagery a judge who has the wisdom to sort out right from wrong, the purity to persistently choose the right, and the power to enforce his judgements.

With all of the craziness that is happening in the world right now, this song gives us a great reminder that no matter what happens, God is still sovereign and in control!

Verse 1 says:

Though the nations rage
Kingdoms rise and fall
There is still one King
Reigning over all
So I will not fear for this truth remains:
That my God is the Ancient of Days

I hope you enjoy “Ancient of Days” by CityAlight.

“The Goodness Of Jesus” (Worship Wednesday)

If you have been around church circles for a long time you may have heard the old saying “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. I believe that this is an accurate statement but I truly believe that the word “good” has been overused and its meaning diminished.

When we look into the book of Genesis, we see that the word “good” was used to describe creation:

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

We see these same words written in the New Testament:

“For everything created by God is good…”

1 Timothy 4:4

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is entitled “The Goodness of Jesus” and comes from the group City Alight. (They are quickly becoming one of my favorites because of the strong theology they put into their words) Please pay close attention to the words:

Come you weary heart now to Jesus, come you anxious soul now and see. There is perfect love and comfort in your tears, rest here in His wondrous peace

Oh the goodness, the goodness of Jesus, satisfied He is all that I need. May it be, come what may, that I rest all my days, in the goodness of Jesus

Come find what this world cannot offer, come and find your joy here complete. Taste the living water, never thirst again, rest here in His wondrous peace

Come and find your hope now in Jesus, He is all he said he would be. Grace is overflowing from the Saviour’s heart, rest here in His wondrous peace

My prayer is that you will worship God today because of His goodness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 says – “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is GOOD!

Worship Wednesday – “Psalm 23”

Today’s Worship Wednesday song, entitled Psalm 23, comes from Shane & Shane. These guys have a passion to worship the Lord with their voices and their lives. They are considered modern day hymn writers and have some incredible songs that they have written and produced. You can find all of their music, as well as more, located here – Shane & Shane Music.

Today’s song is taken straight from scripture – Psalm 23! The first verse says,

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want

In green pastures He makes me lie down

He restores my soul and leads me on for His Name for His great Name

Surely goodness surely mercy

Right beside me all my days

And I will dwell in Your house forever

And bless Your Holy Name

It is so reassuring to know that no matter what we may be going through, if we are a child of God, then He is always there with us. That is what his name means – Emmanuel – “God WITH us”!

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song! I would love to hear if you have any suggestions for Worship Wednesday songs. If so, leave a comment below.

Worship Wednesday – “I Belong To Him (Oh Hallelujah)”

Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes from the group Selah and is entitled “I Belong To Jesus (Oh Hallelujah)”. Selah consist of three members: Amy Perry, Alan Hall & Todd Smith. (Head over to their website for more information about this trio.)

I had the opportunity during this past Christmas season to be a small part of one of their concerts here in my hometown. It was awesome! They have a genuine love for the Lord and use their voices to bring glory to His name. (Alan was sick this evening and was not able to be at the concert)

Selah in concert at Concord Baptist Church on December 20, 2019

Today’s song is a great encouragement to me because of what it reminds us of. We were dead in our sins but because of His love and mercy, HE paid the price for our sins. It is a beautiful word picture of the gospel. Here are the words to the song:

[Verse 1]
I belong to Jesus, what blessed mystery
The vilest of all sinners now forgiven and redeemed
Oh, the depths of darkness His love would reach down through
To cover me with mercy and hide me in His wounds

Oh, hallelujah, oh, bless His name
Ten thousand years will just begin my song of praise
Oh, hallelujah, sing it again
I belong to Jesus, I belong to Him

[Verse 2]
I belong to Jesus, the cross that once was mine
Became the curse that He would bear and give to me new life
I am His forever, forever He is mine
My freedom bought and paid for by His blood divine

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song and may it remind all of us just how much Jesus loves us and the length He went to to rescue us!

Worship Wednesday – “Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me”

One of the things that I have focused on for the past several years at my church is to introduce new music that is grounded in God’s Word. That just makes sense, but there are some songs that the church has sung for years that are neither grounded nor rooted in scripture.

We should be singing biblical songs! Keith Getty made this statement several years ago at a conference I attended. He said, “We should sing our theology”. He is absolutely correct. We should sing what we believe.

I would like to challege every worship pastor, music director or anyone else that leads music to really look at the words and make sure that what you are leading and singing is based on scripture.

One such song that is grounded is today’s Worship Wednesday song entitled “Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me”. This song was written in 2018 by CityAlight. I hope you enjoy and worship Him today!

[Verse 1]
What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

[Chorus 1]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: All is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 2]
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

[Chorus 2]
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley, He will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 3]
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

I am excited to introduce this song to my church in the near future!