Sunday, April 24, 2016: New Song Sunday – “O Come to The Altar”

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

This Sunday LifePoint’s band is going to introduce another new song into the life of our congregation. The song is “O Come to The Altar” by Elevation Worship. It’s from their newest record.

Check out this video to hear a live performance of the song. Additionally, I’ve provided lyrics, an explanation of why we chose this song and a link to download below. Enjoy!

Song Lyrics

Are you hurting and broken within
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well
Jesus is calling

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today, there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling

O what a Savior
Isn’t He wonderful
Sing, “Hallelujah! Christ is risen!”
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing, “Hallelujah! Christ is risen!”

Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found

By Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick & Wade Joy
© 2015 Elevation Worship Publishing (Essential Music Publishing, LLC)

Why This Song?

It’s all too easy to become fixated upon the countless ways we don’t measure up in life.

We spend our days dragging around the backbreaking burdens of our regrets, failures, and sin. Each of us does this more than we care to admit. And it’s exhausting.

Yet all the while God’s embrace remains open to us. He delights to receive us in Christ. In fact, He tirelessly whispers to us His kind invitation to us through the words of Jesus: “Come to me and find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28-29, quoted above). This is what the song means when it reminds us, “Jesus is calling.”

But are we willing to come? After all, it’s much easier to ignore the ache we feel deeply in our souls. We mistakenly think it will be too painful to bring our deepest shame out into the open and lay it all before God.

But this is how the Gospel rehabilitates us. It deals with the darkest parts of our lives head-on by bringing us to the foot of the cross where we remember:

Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Indeed, Jesus is calling to us. His shed blood and His empty grave are speaking loud and clear. The question is, how will we respond? Will we bring our burdens to Jesus? Will we find ultimate rest by giving Him the regrets and the sins that constantly hound us about our woeful inadequacies?

Or will we continue to try to manage them on our own, putting on a brave face and pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps?

I pray this song will be used of God to help us make the right decision. Let’s heed His invitation to leave the heavy chains of condemnation behind, freely singing in awe and wonder:

O what a Savior!
Isn’t He wonderful?

Songs for Sunday, April 24, 2016:

Cornerstone
By Hillsong Worship (Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury)

Love Shines
By Austin Stone Live (Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, Philip Edsel)

O Come to The Altar
By Elevation Worship (Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick & Wade Joy)

Jesus Thank You
By Sovereign Grace Music (Pat Sczebel)

Saviour King
By Hillsong United (Marty Sampson, Mia Fields)

About Tyler Greene (177 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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