Welcome!  Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to me.  My desire in this blog is to share special hymns with my readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need.  If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. Sometimes I will also provide a link where you can go to hear the hymn played.  So, please join me here each week and sing along as we praise God together.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

LORD YOU'RE HOLY


         I guess that when you are the sole writer and publisher of a blog you can choose to do something different once in awhile.  And, for my first hymn blog of 2016 I have chosen to do just that.  I have decided not to feature a hymn this week as I have done now since 2008.  And rather than share a hymn written many decades or centuries ago, my blog this week will share a praise chorus that is relatively new.  I first heard this chorus in a concert by a group called Calling Levi at a concert at Pinebrook Bible Conference.  It quickly became one of my two favorite praise and worship songs, even though I seldom hear it sung.  Now even though it must be relatively new, I have been unable to find any reliable information about its author or the story behind its writing.  I think it was probably written by Eddie James who accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of eight.  And, just a year later, he began to minister to others through music.  It is said that God placed a burden inside of Eddie James to minister to those who are hurting and lost, with an extraordinary emphasis on youth and young adults.  Now this week's song is a tremendous song of worship featuring the many names given to our Lord.  Now I grew up in a very conservative church where the only signs of emotion might be an occasional "Amen". Nobody would think of raising their hands in worship. And as a result I still find it difficult to raise my hands in public worship. I often play this song, sometimes over and over, while I am doing my morning walk. It is a time of worship for me. And often, when I am alone, I do raise my hands and often even tears of joy flow from my eyes when I consider the holiness and grace of the Lord.  What a wonderful, holy God that we serve and "mere words cannot express what I feel inside". Hopefully this is also your testimony - "As I look around and I see all the works, your hands have made, the awesomeness of you and how your love will never fade".  May this song be your daily testimony as you begin a new year.

          
As I look around and I see 
all the works, your hands have made, 
the awesomeness of you
and how your love will never fade. 
Mere words cannot express what I feel inside,
I can't even describe Your glory divine;
but as a token of my love, this is what I'll do,
I'll lift my hands and cry.
Lord, you're holy, Lord, you're holy
and we lift you up and magnify your name.

There's not enough words that I can say
to tell you how much I appreciate,
all of the wonderful things You've given me,
Your love, Your kindness, Your tender mercies
It's my desire to praise you
And tell you how much I love you
Your worthy of all the honor
And your worthy of all the praise

I don't know how you can love me
Why you give me so much mercy and 
How you would suffer and die for me 
way back on Calvary
But I thank you 
Your worthy of all the praise

Your Wonderful, glorious, holy and righteous,
victorious conqueror, triumphant and mighty,
healer, deliverer, shield and defense,
my strong tower and my best friend,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, soon coming King,
Your Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything;
holy, holy, holy is Your name.

Your Omnipotent, Omnipresent, soon coming King,
Your Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything;
holy, holy, holy is Your name.

Holy is your name
We cry holy
You are Holy 
Holy is your name

Wonderful, glorious, holy and righteous,
victorious conqueror, triumphant and mighty,
healer, deliverer, shield and defense,
strong tower and my best friend,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, soon coming King,
Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything;
holy, holy, holy is Your name.

Omnipotent, Omnipresent, soon coming King, 
You're Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything; 
holy, holy, holy is Your name.

Holy, You are holy 
Holy is your name

You are holy 
We cry holy
Holy is your name

This is one time that you should listen to the video that is attached.  Be patient, the ad only lasts a few seconds and you will be blest to wait and listen to this rendition to this meaningful song.     LISTEN

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