Sunday, May 15, 2016: New Song Sunday – “All Glory Be to Christ”

“…and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.” (Psalm 138:5)

At LifePoint’s gathering this Sunday, we’ll be learning a new song together. The song is entitled All Glory Be to Christ and it’s performed by Campus House Worship based out of West Lafayette, IN. Scroll down to find a song video, lyrics, an explanation of why we’re singing this song in corporate worship and a link to download it from iTunes. Enjoy!

Song Lyrics

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ

All glory be to Christ our King
All glory be to Christ
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ

His will be done
His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ

When on the Day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new.

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall e’er his people be
All glory be to Christ

Written by Dustin Kensrue
© Dead Bird Theology (ASCAP), It’s All About Jesus Music (ASCAP)

Why This Song?

If the church is going to worship obediently and witness faithfully according to Scripture, there are three truths we must grasp at the deepest levels of our existence. And as it turns out, these three truths are distilled profoundly in this song. Let’s explore them one by one.

(1) Jesus builds the church, not us.

The song begins with a reference to Psalm 127:1, which says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” We must, must, must remember that we labor and God builds. The church, being His house (Heb. 3:2), isn’t built upon our rockin’ music, cutting edge production, or savvy leaders. No, man and his wisdom will pass away like a mist in the late morning hours. Yet the life-giving words of Jesus, on the other hand, will last forever (Mat. 24:35).

Thus we have no rightful grounds for boasting save in Christ alone. God’s house is being built by His wisdom and authority. He is its Cornerstone and sure Foundation (1 Co. 3:11; Eph. 2:20). So let’s work our butts off to faithfully serve the church, yes, but let’s also realize that His energy powerfully works through us to mature and grow His people (Col. 2:29).

(2) Only Jesus can truly satisfy us.

The last thing Jesus said before He ascended into heaven was that He would be present with His disciples (Mat. 28:20). This promise is still true for us today. For the church hasn’t ceased to worship and follow the King whose name is “God with us” (Mat. 1:23). Thus, as the song says, our ever-present Lord is the Daily Bread and Living Water that satisfies those who hunger and thirst after true righteousness (Mat. 5:6).

(3) Jesus has promised us a bright future.

On the remote island of Patmos, the apostle John had a vision of what things would be like when Jesus returns (Rev. 1:9-11). He saw a Holy City filled with the fullness of Christ’s presence (21:3, 10). He saw a triumphant, global Church around the throne, wearing pure garments of righteousness and worshiping the worthy Lamb (7:9-11). He saw the blazing radiance of God’s Son as the New Center of our solar system (21:23). And all this, says John, is part of the bright future that awaits all who trust in Jesus. The final verse of this song helps us to remember that in a powerful way.

All three of these truths unequivocally magnify the preeminent glory of Jesus. And I believe this song reflects them profoundly as it puts them to a melody we all know and love—that of the the Scottish traditional we sing every New Year, “Auld Lang Syne.” The familiar tune will make the learning curve of singing a new song in corporate worship less steep and will enable us to focus on the lyrics more attentively. As we do, I pray that obedient worship and faithful witness will flourish among us for the glory of Christ alone.

Songs for Sunday, May 15, 2016:

God Undefeatable

Nothing But The Blood

All Glory Be to Christ

O The Scandal of Golgotha

New Again

About Tyler Greene (180 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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