• Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise Song: Day by Day

    Day by Day, is a beautiful Hymn that I put together a few months ago. I didn’t have very good equipment so please take that into consideration when listening 🙂

    The reason I am adding it here today, even though it is not a great copy, is because I received some very bad news today. I have a friend that is dying of cancer and he was told a few weeks ago that he had 3 months to live. Sadly, after taking a biopsy, the results came back today and they told him that he only had a week at the most.

    I am very saddened by this turn of events and very discouraged about it all. I remembered this particular song “Day by Day” and remembered how it has always gotten me through the tough times before. It puts my eyes on Jesus and reminds me that He is in control. This gives me some peace and I hope it will do the same for you no matter what you may be going through.

    Day by Day
    Words by: Karolina Sandell-Berg (1865) Translated to English by: A.L. Skoog
    Music by: Oskar Ahnfelt

    1 Day By Day And With Each Passing Moment
    Strength I Find To Meet My Trials Here
    Trusting In My Father’s Wise Bestowment
    I’ve No Cause For Worry Or For Fear

    He Whose Heart Is Kind Beyond All Measure
    Gives Unto Each Day What He Deems Best
    Lovingly, Its Part Of Pain And Pleasure
    Mingling Toil With Peace And Rest

    2 Ev’ry Day The Lord Himself Is Near Me
    With A Special Mercy For Each Hour
    All My Cares He Fain Would Bear, And Cheer Me
    He Whose Name Is Counsellor And Pow’r

    The Protection Of His Child And Treasure
    Is A Charge That On Himself He Laid
    As Thy Days, Thy Strength Shall Be In Measure
    This The Pledge To Me He Made

    3 Help Me Then In Every Tribulation
    So To Trust Thy Promises, O Lord
    That I Lose Not Faith’s Sweet Consolation
    Offered Me Within Thy Holy Word

    Help Me, Lord, When Toil And Trouble Meeting
    E’er To Take, As From A Father’s Hand
    One By One, The Days, The Moments Fleeting
    Till I Reach The Promised Land

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    The Horse and Rider Song Lyrics

    Horse and Rider Song

    Someone was asking me for the lyrics of the Christian Praise song “The Horse and Rider Song”. It’s very difficult to find this song on the Internet so I am writing the lyrics here for you and made a .wav file of my acapella version.

    (click on the play button if you wish to hear my acapella version of it )

    The Horse and Rider Song

    I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

    The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

    I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

    The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

     

    The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

    Has Now Become My Victory

    The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

    Has Now Become My Victory

     

    The Lord is God and I will praise Him

    My Fathers God and I will E-x-a-l-t Him

    The Lord is God and I will praise Him

    My Fathers God and I will Exalt Him!

    (Based on Praise Scriptures from the Bible Exodus 15:1-21)

    Originally Posted October 15, 2012
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  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise: I Shall Not Be Moved

    I Shall Not Be Moved

     

    The Christian Praise Song “I Shall Not Be Moved” is based on Psalm 1 from the Bible. I have written out the words to this famous gospel hymn below. Enjoy

    I SHALL NOT BE MOVED

    Jesus is my Savior, I shall not be moved

    In His love and favor I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

     

    CHORUS:

    I shall not be, I shall not be moved

    I shall not be, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

     

    In my Christ Abiding, I shall not be moved

    In His love I’m hiding, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    If I trust Him ever, I shall not be moved

    He will fail me never, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters Lord

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    On His Word I’m feeding, I shall not be moved

    He’s the one that’s leading, I shall not be moved

    Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters

    I shall not be moved

    (chorus)

    Here is a nice version of the song sung by “The Gaithers”

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    Christian Praise: Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key

    Christian Praise Songs in a Minor Key

     

    Ever since writing the blog post on “The Horse and Rider” song I have had many emails asking me if I know of other Christian Praise and Worship songs in a minor Key. The funny thing about this is that after answering these emails the same question came up on Yahoo Answers and so I was able to answer the fellow there also. Who would have thought that Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key would have been so popular?

    To make a long story short here are the answers that I wrote to the query on Christian Praise and worship songs in a minor key on Yahoo Answers:

    (p.s. I go by the name of Cyberscribe on Yahoo Answers)

    1. What are some good Christian hymns or praise and worship songs that are in a minor key?

    Best Answer – Chosen by Asker

    You Are my Hiding Place” is a lovely worship song, although it is a bit old. We used to sing it a lot at the church in the late 80’s early 90’s, but worship is not easily dated. It is still an awe inspiring song.

    Here are some other Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key for you:

    “When The Spirit of the Lord is Upon My Heart I will Dance as David Danced”
    “Blow a Trumpet is Zion”
    “Awake O Israel, Put Off Your Slumber”
    “This is the Year of Jubilee”
    “Jehovah Jireh My Provider”
    “Through Our God We Shall Do Valiantly” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “King of Kings and Lord of Lords Glory Hallelujah” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Exalt Thee” (has some minors in it)
    “We Are Standing on Holy Ground” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “See His Glory” (has some minors in it)
    “When I Look Into Your Holiness/I worship You” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “What A Healing Jesus I’ve Found in You” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Believe in Miracles” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “Give Thanks” (has a lot of minors in it)
    “I Sing Praises to Your Name O Lord” (has a lot of minors in it )

    I Hope This Helps

    Source(s):

    I am a Song Leader in the Church
    I am the Author of Christian Praise Blog

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise: Not all Christian Praise Songs are Created Equal

    Not all Christian Songs Equal

     

    Not all Christian Praise Songs are created equal. In fact, there are many so called “Christian Praise Songs” which I would not even consider appropriate to sing in churches today. A few years back, in the 90’s there was a song that people liked to sing which really bothered me tremendously. It was called “I Command Thee Satan”

    Here are the lyrics:

    I Command Thee Satan

    In the Name of the Lord

    To Drop Your Weapons and Flee

    For the Lord Has Given Us Authority

    To Walk All Over Thee

    I do realize that we have full authority over Satan so that really does not bother me, what does bother me is that by singing this Christian Praise Song or Chorus, aren’t we singing to Satan?

    I believe that if we are to offer Christian Praise it should be actual Praise to God. I can see how we can rejoice in the fact that Satan has no power over us, and it is a very peppy tune and fun to sing, but to sing this song, in my opinion is singing to Satan and I really don’t feel that it should have a place in the church because of that.

    I am sure you can think of many Christian Praise Songs, which can be doctrinally sound, but not really appropriate to be singing in church.

    What do you think?

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise: How Great Thou Art

    How Great Thou Art

     

    In Christian Praise, the lyrics to the Christian Song “How Great Thou Art” are very familiar even to those who are non Bible Believing Christians. It is a close runner up with the song “Amazing Grace” and for good reason.

    As I have explained in other blog posts, Christian Praise is all about bringing our attention to the great things God has done in our lives. We need to focus on the great things God has done FOR us before we can worship Him for who He is. This is the distinction between Christian Praise and Worship.

    Thinking about all of the wonderful things God has done for us and how he has created all good things for us helps us to concentrate on what a wonderful God we serve.

    Read the lyrics and listen to the video and see if it doesn’t help you turn your attention away from your problems and onto God who is above all of these daily turmoil’s. Your daily problems will not seem so big when you realize how big your God is.

    This song was originally a Swedish folk melody, called “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) It was translated in 1899 by Stuart K. Hine.

    Here are the lyrics for “How Great Thou Art”

    Verse1:

    O Lord My God!

    When I In Awesome Wonder Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made,

    I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,

    Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed:

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 2:

    When Through The Woods And Forest Glades I Wander

    And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees

    When I Look Down From Lofty Mountain Grandeur

    And Hear The Brook And Feel The Gentle Breeze

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 3:

    And When I Think That God, His Son Not Sparing,

    Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In

    That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,

    He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Verse 4:

    When Christ Shall Come With Shout Of Acclamation

    And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart!

    Then I Shall Bow In Humble Adoration,

    And There Proclaim, My God, How Great Thou Art!

    Chorus:

    Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

    Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

    How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

     

    Enjoy this beautiful rendition by Yolanda Adams!

    (YOLANDA ADAMS VIDEO)

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    Christian Praise: Are Our Song Services Too Long?

    Song Services Too Long

     

    Christian Praise is a subject that is very close to my heart and so I was curious this morning when I received a message telling me of a certain website which was asking the question: Who Wants All That Music! He said,

    “Here’s my question: Who wants 30-40+ minutes of music in worship? Who? Why? I mean…explain this to  me. I seriously do not get it.”  

    My interest was certainly peeked by this question and the answers that followed. It was so peeked that I almost was late for my own Christian Praise and Worship Service   and yes, we had about 30 minutes of Christian Praise and Worship and I loved every moment of it.

    In reading the responses from many of the people it was clear to me that most do not understand the purpose of spending 30-40 minutes singing in a church service. They do not realize that this is actually a very short period of time.

     

    The Psalmist David said in Psalm 84:1-4

    1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!

    1. My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out

    for the living God.

    1. Even the sparrow has found a home,and the swallow a nest for herself,where she may have her young—a place near your altar,O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
    2. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

    Then verse 10 says: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    David loved being in the presence of God. His heart and soul yearns for the courts of the Lord. He says better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

    Why can’t we be like David, why don’t we all yearn for the presence of God? Where is the presence of God? In the praises of His people! Psalm 22:3

    What about Zephania 3:17 that says that God rejoices over us with singing.

    What about the fact that the Levites were commissioned to praise God on musical instruments…Do you think they did this for 5 minutes and then gave up?Do you think that the Glory of God would come into our presence without our praises?

    Do you think that the worship in the temple lasted only 1 hour so that people could get home to make their roasts for Sunday dinner?

    God says to keep the Sabbath and that it is Holy unto Him…We work for 8 hours every day, do we complain about spending time in God’s presence for 30-40 minutes?

    I really don’t understand how people are complaining about praising God. Maybe I’m missing something here but I think we need more people like David who wished he could spend more and more time in God’s presence singing Praises to God.

    Just in case you wish to read the comments that were made then I will give you the link:

    http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/open-mic-at-the-imonk-cafe-who-wants-all-that-music/comment-page-2#comment-518334

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  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    Christian Praise: Out of the Mouth of Babes

    Out of the Mouth of Babes pic

    Christian Praise may not seem like the thing you would like to do in a bad situation, but sometimes, singing praises to God is in actuality the Best Thing you can do for yourself.

    I already mentioned in another blog post how the purpose of Christian Praise is to benefit us, and not God. It helps us to take our minds off of what is going around us, the things running through our minds and to focus on all that God has done for us.

    Sometimes, when we are deep in the mire of bad circumstances Christian Praise can be the last thing on our minds.

    I want to share a little story with you about how Christian Praise can turn a bad situation totally around and lift us up out of the miry clay when everything seems to be coming down upon us.

    Many years ago, when I was still quite young, I had married a Christian man who seemed to love the Lord. Sadly, I found upon marrying him that he had a terrible problem with alcohol and although I had thought he was over it, he apparently was not. I went through quite a few years of terrible suffering because of the problem and had gotten very discouraged.

    At one point in my life, we were going through an unusually bad time with his drinking. I had my two children by then and they were very young. One day, I was sitting at the kitchen table with my cup of tea and wondering why God would have allowed this to happen to me. Why was I suffering so? What had I done to deserve this? (I am sure you know the despair and depression we can get ourselves into just thinking upon all of the problems we have).

    My 2 year old daughter was sitting on the kitchen floor with her doll brush in her hand and was trying to give the cat a new hairdo. The cat didn’t mind at all and was use to her playing with her like this. So there I was trying to keep back the tears and she was blissfully brushing the cat’s hair. How innocent she was, blissfully unaware of the problems in life.

    All of a sudden, I heard her sweet little voice quietly start to sing  as she continued to brush the cat’s hair. She was singing a very old Christian Praise song that I hadn’t sung in ages. There she was, like a little angel with her little voice singing the chorus of “At the Cross”

    In case you don’t know the song, the words to the chorus are here;

    At The Cross

    At the cross, at the cross

    Where I first saw the light

    And the burdens of my heart rolled away

    It was there by faith

    I received my sight

    And now I am happy all the day

    She kept singing it over and over again and I realized that God was right there in that very room with us. He was telling me not to look at the problems but to keep my eyes on Him. Just like when I had first became a Christian and realized what God had done for me, the feelings of faith and love strengthened me again and I could truly say that I became Happy. I realized that I had taken my eyes off of Jesus and was focused on my problems. It took my little child to remind me that my problems aren’t so big after all. When I think about the cross and all that God had done for me my burdens surely roll away.

    I will never forget that day (and I took the picture above to help remind me). I thank God that I had the problems because once I realized how big God is and how much He loved me, I was able to take courage and realize that loving God was all that was important. I just needed to love God, and be a good mom to my children. That was all that was expected of me. What a happy day that was.

    The bible tells us in Matthew 21:16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”

    Christian Praise will flood your soul when you take your eyes off of your problems and focus on God and all that He has done for you.