“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Once again, LifePoint’s band will be introducing a new song for corporate worship. This week we’ll take some time to learn Hillsong’s “O Praise The Name (Anástasis)” together. Below I’ve provided a performance video, lyrics, an explanation of the song and a link to download the track from iTunes—basically everything you need to familiarize yourself with the song, so that we can be ready to sing it together come Sunday. Enjoy.
I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet
My Savior on that cursed tree
His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone
O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
O Lord, O Lord our God
Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting
The angels roar for Christ the King
He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face
Lyrics by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, & Marty Sampson.
2015 © Hillsong Music Publishing, EMI Christian Music Publishing, Capitol CMG Publishing
Why Sing This Song at LifePoint?
As you know, Easter is approaching quickly, which means that we’re entering into a season of great potential for Gospel impact in our city. It’s a well-known fact that people are more likely to attend a church gathering on Easter Sunday than they are at any other point in the year. And we want to make the most of those odds.
So we launched a missional impact strategy this past week called First Importance. This strategy will mobilize us to scatter throughout our city, inviting our neighbors to come and see the power of Christ’s resurrection at work in the people of LifePoint. We want to share God’s Good News—that which is of first importance (1 Co. 15:3-4)—with as many people as possible.
However, as we engage God’s mission together, we must be mindful of what’s going on in our hearts. After all, it can be easy to do the work of the Gospel while not experiencing a real inner passion for the Gospel itself. When that happens, our work ceases to be about God’s redemptive purpose. It becomes a merely human endeavor—a work of the flesh and not of the Spirit (Gal. 3:3)—because it does not flow from a heart that is utterly fascinated with Jesus.
Therefore in this intense season of missional activity, we need songs like this. Its message is one of Gospel clarity, stirring our hearts for Him and safeguarding us from activity that is void of His power. That’s something we can’t afford to miss out on if we’re going to make one whit of difference in the world around us. We need a burning passion for the Gospel. And the Holy Spirit can mightily use Christ-exalting songs like this to instill that within us.
So let’s do everything we can to make the Gospel of first importance among us this Sunday. If it’s anything less, we will flounder in our missional work. But if we will behold the person and work of Jesus as portrayed through this powerful song, God will thrill us into going and sharing the Good News of His resurrection with the world.
Listen to it today. Sing it from the heart on Sunday. And treasure its message every day…for the glory of Christ and the joy of others.