Sunday, October 03, 2010

Facebook and my New Favorite Biblically Epic Worship Song


I wanted to mention here that while I post once or twice a week on the blog, I post almost daily on Facebook. With this Crowder conference, it means I posted several times a day. I posted pics, videos and quotes. Friend me if you wish. Good times.

When it comes to Mike Crawford and his Secret Siblings (or see here), I realize I'm coming late to the game. I heard them yesterday at Crowder's deal. (Stay tuned for a report I'm writing for Christianity Today.) I'd had a chance to chat several times with their drummer, Isaac Anderson. I was impressed. Then I spoke with other band members and I knew that I'd stumbled upon a really special group of people. Most of them attend Jacob's Well in Kansas City, MO. One of the songs they played Saturday morning is titled "Words to Build a Life on." I was very moved by it.

I've decided that it will become my official new favorite biblically epic worship song for the month of October. Here are the words. I've posted a video clip from the conference as well as a couple of pics.

WORDS TO BUILD A LIFE ON
These are words to build a life on
These are Your words how can they be mine
These are words to build a life on
These are Your words I want them to be mine

Blessed are the poor
Blessed are the weak
Blessed are the ones
Who can barely speak

Blessed in your hurt
Blessed in your pain
Blessed when your teardrops
Are falling down like rain

Blessed when you’re broken
Blessed when you’re blind
Blessed when you’re fragile
When you have lost your mind

Blessed when you’re desperate
Blessed when you’re scared
Blessed when you’re lonely
Blessed when you’ve failed

Blessed when you’re beat up
Blessed when you’re bruised
Blessed when you’re tore down
Blessed when you’re used

These are words to build a life on
These are Your words how can they be mine
These are words to build a life on
These are Your words I want them to be mine

Blessed when you’re heartbroke
Blessed when you’re fired
Blessed when you’re choked up
Blessed when you’re tired

Blessed when the plans
That you so carefully laid
End up in the junkyard
With all the trash you made

Blessed when you feel like
Giving up the ghost
Blessed when your loved ones
Are the ones who hurt you most

Blessed when you lose your
Own identity
Then blessed when you find it
And it has been redeemed

Blessed when you see what
Your friends can never be
Blessed with your eyes closed
Then blessed you see Me

These are words to build a life on
These are Your words how can they be mine
These are words to build a life on
These are Your words I want them to be mine

Blessed when you’re hungry
Blessed when you thirst
Cause that’s when you will eat of
The bread that matters most

Blessed when you’re put down
Because of me you’re dissed
Because of me you’re kicked out
They take you off their list

You know you’re on the mark
You know you’ve got it right
You are to be my salt
You are to be my light

So bring out all the flavor
In the feast of this My world
And light up all the colors
Let the banner be unfurled

Shout it from the rooftops
Let the trumpets ring
Sing your freaking lungs out
Jesus Christ is King!

Jesus is my Savior
Jesus is divine
Jesus is my answer
Jesus is my life

These are words to build a life on
These are Your words how can they be mine
These are words to build a life on
These are Your words I want them to be mine

Give us ears that we may hear them
voice that we may sing them
life that we may live them
hope that we may give them
hearts that we can feel them
eyes that we can see them
thoughts that we may think them
tongues that we may speak Your words

DC, DT and the MC Secret Siblings


video

5 comments:

Lisa Cooke said...

I agree...the song is epic!

Bryce said...

This song was my favorite part of the conference. It blew my mind and when I sang "I'm gonna sing my freakin' lungs out" I meant every word, what a beautifully written and appropriate song.

w. david o. taylor said...

Indeed and indeed.

Aaron and Page said...

Hey David - I was at the conference, and I had read your book before the conference. I didn't even know you were there. But I was at the panel discussion and I kept thinking, the guy on the left seems to actually have something to say about aesthetic philosophy when others are sort of trying to say something. Later I saw your book at the merch table and thought, oh that guy must of been Taylor. So thanks for your thoughts both in the book and the panel, they've been super helpful!

It was a great conference, and Crawford's music (a formative influence in my life over the last ten years. He has produced and recorded two of my band's records) was a definite highlight.

I will say though, where were the women? We were sorely minus the feminine perspective. It was such a generous place, which made it even more surprising that portion was absent.

www.aaronmitchum.wordpress.com

w. david o. taylor said...

Aaron, this note comes late and you may not read it, but I wanted to thank you for your comment here. I had a similar thought about the absence of women. I would have liked to have heard the thoughts of some of the female songwriters who write music for the church. Perhaps next time.