Yesterday in church we sang some contemporary “worship” songs at the opening of service and closed with a traditional hymn. Our church often mixes the old and the new, the trite and the meaty. I want to show you the difference for what passes as “worship” songs today, compared to what used to be standard fare. I will give them in the order we sang them, and I want you to read the lyrics with a discerning eye.
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
And bathed in its own blood,
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
‘Tis all that I can do.