November 20, 2011

The Heart of Worship – Lyrics, Michael W. Smith

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , at 11:32 pm by Sarah Bosse

Verse 1:
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart

Bridge:
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

Chorus:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

Verse 2:
King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath

Bridge:
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

Chorus:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

Just read the lyrics. You probably already know the tune if you’re reading it here on my blog. So just slow down for 120 seconds and really READ the lyrics. Doesn’t this song resonate with many of us? We get so busy sometimes and forget that it’s not about the music and the noise…its something simpler, yet more profound, that God is after – a heart that loves Him.

Lord, help us to love you more. Let there be more of You, less of us. It is all about You. Everything we have is Yours. We love you, Lord.

February 21, 2011

I’ve Got The Victory in Jesus! “Victory” by Yolanda Adams – Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Poetry tagged , , , at 9:52 pm by Sarah Bosse

[Chorus]
I’ve got, got the victory
I’ve got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus,
Yes I do!
He is our mighty conquerer,
In Him I will trust, all my battles He’ll fight.
I’ve got, got the victory
I’ve got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus.
For me He died but He rose on the third day
That’s why I have true victory everyday!

[Verse 1]
Truly I’ve been through the storm and rain.
I know everything about heartache and pain.
But God carried me through it all
Without His protection I’d surely fall.
I’ve been broke without a dime to my name.
But all my bills got paid ‘cause I called on Jesus name.
You can’t tell me that God isnt real ’cause I’ve got the victory and that’s why I’m still here.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
I’m not worried about material things I dont have
I just rest cause I’m sure in my Savior’s care
Because I know my blessing is on the way
I can’t see it right now but I stand by faith.
I’ve fought many, many battles in His name
I held up the blood-stained banner and proclaimed
That Jesus is the truth and the light:
Believe me when I say He will make it all right!

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Yeah I got the victory yeah
I got the victory yeah yeah yeah
[And if you have the victory sing it with me]
Yeah I got the victory yeah I got the victory
Yeah yeah yeah
[I’ve got the victory Sing it with me]

[Chorus out]

April 11, 2010

No Shadows In Heaven

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:50 pm by Sarah Bosse

Last week, I was working with a teenage girl on an art project in which she had to add shading to her drawing, and I explained to her how shadows work. To be able to draw a shadow properly, you must imagine the source of the light and the direction from which it emanates to determine the direction in which the shadow will be cast and the shadow’s length, width, and degree of darkness. Through simple observation we know that shadows change, however. But in a picture, a moment of time is captured and that shadow does not move or change.

This week, I was listening to several of my Sovereign Grace Music CD’s while driving in the car. One of the songs (“You Never Change”) had lyrics that said, “Father of lights, Giver of gifts. There is no shadow in You. … And You never change, and You never lie, Age to age You are the same. I will trust in You, all Your faithfulness, for I know You never change.” Another song (“The Glory of the Lamb”) has these lyrics: “A day is coming, coming soon, when we shall see Your face. And how our hearts are yearning for that outpouring of grace. When You take all the galaxies and roll them up like a scroll. When You make Heav’n and Earth anew and eternity unfolds. Then the glory of the Lamb will be all that we have longed to see, and we’ll praise Your splendor, majesty and might. There will be no darkness, be no night. We won’t need the sun or moon to shine. For the glory of the Lamb will be our light.”

As I was driving during a sunny afternoon, I was watching the shadows of the cars in front of me. I went under a bridge, and the shadow swept over my car briefly. Suddenly, all my thoughts about shadows during the last two weeks came together at that very moment and I thought aloud (a friend was riding with me in the car!), and with great excitement (in fact, I think I yelled by means of excitement…), “I DON’T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY SHADOWS IN HEAVEN!!” It came almost as a shock, but as I thought more about it and rolled the idea around in my small brain, it began to make more and more sense to me.

A shadow in a dark place is no longer called a shadow – it is just darkness. There is no darkness to be found in God, the Father of lights. God also never changes, and shadows change. The Bible does speak about God being the light of heaven and that there will be no need for the sun. In fact, there is no day and night in heaven – it is always bright. (Yea! – You should see how many lights I burn at night! In heaven, I won’t get a bill from Progress Energy for that!) For those of you who can’t sleep unless it is pitch dark, remember that you won’t be sleeping in heaven either! You won’t be tired! *Grinning!* Is it not possible, given the greatness of God’s glory and our inability to look at Him directly, that His glory would in fact fill every place and every space and give light in all directions so that no shadows could be cast? I believe it’s not only possible, but quite likely.

Anyways, I suppose this idea is something to consider when you think about heaven and the greatness and glory of God this week. In heaven, the shadows of the past are gone, and we will rejoice in the light of God’s truth and goodness.

October 30, 2009

How Sweet And Awful (Is The Place) – Isaac Watts – Lyrics

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:30 pm by Sarah Bosse

How the Doctrine of Election and the Great Commission Live in Harmony

What an amazing hymn to tie together some of the more recent sermons we’ve heard at Sovereign Grace Church in Apex, NC during the month of October.  We’ve been studying the Doctrine of Election.  And last week, we were entreated by the Great Commission to share the Gospel actively.  When these two ideas (the Doctrine of Election and the Great Commission) are combined so that they work in harmony rather than causing disunity, the wisdom and wonder of God is displayed powerfully!

God chose us – we would never have chosen Him.  We are utterly depraved, yet He reached down.  But more…oh, friends!…He did MORE THAN JUST REACH DOWN!  Listen!  Listen!!  He CAME down Himself into this sinful world that exalted itself against Him and threw up its hands in revolt against His plan and purpose for its very existence (to enjoy and glorify its Creator).  And He took on Himself the just punishment of all whom the Father had chosen and given to the Son (Jesus Christ).  While He received what we deserved, those who believe receive what Christ has earned.  This is AMAZING GRACE!

Now look at the Great Commission.  While God chose us, He also called us to be a reflection of His love to the world.  We don’t know who has been chosen, but we are called to share the Gospel with everyone and God is responsible for the result.  We are called to be obedient, by the power of His Spirit working in us.  It’s something of a grand mystery how man’s will and God’s will work together, but with faith, we can trust in God’s character and know that He intimately comprehends all the things that we don’t yet understand.  At the end of the day, we know that Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone.

I want to show you why I love this song.  In verse one, the word “awful” is interesting.  Some interpret it to be “awesome” in more modern language.  But I prefer to leave it as written.  These days, the word “awesome” is used so flippantly that it can be a synonym of “cool” or “neat”.  But in the versions of this song where the word “awesome” is used, it means “full of awe”.  Because of this potential misunderstanding, however, I prefer to keep the word “awful” where it was intended.  So, what does “awful” mean?  Surely it’s not awful to be with Christ “within the doors”!  But oh, if the Lord is near and we understand Him more fully for Who He Is, then we will see how Big, Holy, Righteous, Just, Loving, Perfect, Glorious, and Sovereign is our Lord.  And as we see Him in Truth, we will begin to see ourselves through the same Truth and come to abhor our sinfulness.  The presence of God brings conviction.  As I’ve studied revivals, I’ve seen this pattern over and over.  When a revival begins, people tremble before the presence of God.  And then, they repent.  Repentance leads to joy in Christ and fuller communion with Him as we understand His love more perfectly.  As our understanding of love increases, our fear of judgment decreases because perfect love casts out all fear.  So I think of this “place” – with Christ within the doors – as a spiritual place rather than a physical place.  It’s being in the presence of God, being in awe of God and seeing our need for God, then looking closer and seeing God’s evidences of LOVE.

Verses two and three causes my heart to nearly leap out of my chest.  “Oh Lord, why did you choose me?!  Thank you, Lord!!”  What a reminder of how unworthy I am, but how Gracious He is to me!  Giving thanks to the Lord is the most appropriate thing we can do and ultimately fulfills the purpose for which God made each one of us.  Thankfulness is expressed not only through what we say, but also through what we do and think.  I am reminded of how God calls the lowly.  Over and over, in the Gospels, you see Jesus inviting the societal cast-aways to hear the Good News.  As I wrote in my last post, He uses broken things…broken people with broken lives and broken dreams.  He doesn’t heal the well; He heals the sick.  He healed me.

Verses five and six are reminders of the effect that the understanding of the previous verses and the Great Commission should have upon us as we seek to obey God’s word with thankfulness.  Obeying means following the Great Commission.  And how our hearts should long to follow this call to proclaim God’s love and our love for God!  I admit that I’m often not “there” because I idolize my comfort (how sinful!) over God’s value.  So pray with me, please, that God will cause me to love Him more than my own comfort!  This life is so temporary.  I want to live for the Eternal Life with My Lord that is coming.  The one who tries to keep his life will lose it, while the one who loses this life will receive Life Everlasting.

Sarah Bosse

How Sweet and Awful Is the Place

How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast
Each of us cry with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?”

“Why was I made to hear thy voice
and enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?”

‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste
and perished in our sin

Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send thy victorious Word abroad
and bring the strangers home.

We long to see thy churches full,
that all the chosen race
may with one voice and heart and soul
sing thy redeeming grace.

October 4, 2009

Jesus Loves Me (by Anna Bartlett Warner) – Original Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Poetry tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:54 pm by Sarah Bosse

You’ve likely heard the song “Jesus Loves Me” before. It’s been famous since 1862, and many have created their own personal renditions since. Yet sometimes the ORIGINAL is just better! (Smiling) Jesus Loves Me was written by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915, also known as Amy Lothrop), and published in the book “Say and Seal,” in 1859. Anna later published it in her hymanl, “Original Hymns” (told you Original is better!), and a tune to the same was written by William Bradbury in 1862. The chorus was added at this time, and the song became famous worldwide.

I hope you’ll take a moment to read/sing this song to yourself. If you are a Child of God, this song applies to you! If you do not know the Lord as your Father and Savior, He died to bring you to Himself and wash away your sin. He wants you to become His Child, and He always tells His children to “come”!

JESUS LOVES ME

“Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so:
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.

Chorus: (added 1862, William Bradbury)
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me-
The Bible tells me so!

“Jesus loves me,—he who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let his little child come in.

Chorus

“Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high
Comes to watch me where I lie.

Chorus

“Jesus loves me,—he will stay
Close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take
Up to heaven for his dear sake.”

Chorus

Sarah Bosse

July 19, 2009

Praise You In This Storm – Casting Crowns, Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:05 pm by Sarah Bosse

Praise You in This Storm
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms – Casting Crowns

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can’t find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus

My Savior’s Precious Blood – Lyrics, Sovereign Grace Ministries

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , at 10:51 pm by Sarah Bosse

My Savior’s Precious Blood

My Savior’s blood is all I need
There is no other sacrifice
That is required
For He became my righteousness
When in love He suffered willingly.

On the cross where He bore the wrath of God
and in my place was lifted up to die,
and through His death He gave me life.
My Savior’s precious blood
My Savior’s precious blood

One sacrifice completely paid
For all the sin that I had done
Against my God
Now I’ve received what Christ has earned
And Christ received what I deserved

On the cross where He bore the wrath of God
And in my place was lifted up to die
And through His death He gave me life
My Savior’s precious blood
My Savior’s precious blood

You’ve taken all my sin and shame
Thank You for pouring out Your grace
Thank You, Lord
Thank You, Lord
For pouring out Your grace on me!*

*(My Savior’s Precious Blood by JonRyan, Sovereign Grace Music, 2004)

I have this song set to “track repeat” on my car’s stereo. I can’t put it down! Just the fact that all the punishment I rightly deserved was placed upon Him; the fact that I have received what Christ has earned and He has received what I deserved – it’s just amazing to me, and that amazement and wonder comes out through this song. In Love, Christ suffered WILLINGLY. If that doesn’t amaze us, we should think about it more!

Sarah Bosse

March 15, 2009

Chick-Fil-A – Tim Hawkins, Comedian, Lyrics Included!

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 9:25 pm by Sarah Bosse

Chick-Fil-A – Tim Hawkins, Comedian – Lyrics!

Chick-fil-A, I could eat their seven times a day.
Where the people laugh and children play,
Oh I’m in love with Chick-fil-A.

Suddenly, I need waffle fries in front of me.
With some nuggets, and a large sweet tea,
Oh Chick-fil-A, you set me free.

Kids get in the van so we can go there today.
But their stores are closed,
Oh I know, cause it’s Sunday. (Mutters.)

Chick-fil-A, what a dirty rotten trick to play.
Now I have to settle for Subway.
Oh I’m in love with Chick-fil-A. (Hums.) Chick-fil-A.

Due to reader requests, I’ve transcribed and added the lyrics to Tim Hawkin’s Chick-Fil-A song! Enjoy!