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MOTD — Doxology (Jude 23-24) — Sandra McCracken

I love this song, “Doxology (Jude 23–24)”[1] , off Sandra McCracken’s new album, God’s Highway, for two main reasons:

  1. It is a song that is derived from and reflects on a text of Scripture. It is good to sing songs that contain doctrinal language and reflect on biblical themes, as most hymns and worship songs do. It is another thing entirely to sing the words of Scripture themselves.

  2. In its reflection on Jude 24, it takes us to the day when the promise is fulfilled, when “we are standing in His presence with our garments clean and white”—i.e., unblemished. We’re caught up in the thought of what it will be like when the God who is able to keep us from stumbling and present us unblemished to himself has done it. Won’t it be glorious!

The full text of Jude 24–25 is —

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished in His glorious presence, with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity.

Here are the lyrics:

TO HIM WHO IS ABLE,
TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING
TO HIM, TO HIM, TO HIM
TO HIM, TO HIM, TO HIM.

WE ARE STANDING IN HIS PRESENCE
WITH OUR GARMENTS CLEAN AND WHITE
ALL GLORY, HONOR, POWER, MAJESTY
TO JESUS CHRIST.

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  1. While the song is called “Doxology (Jude 23–24)”, it actually contains the doxology of Jude 24–25. So I’m not sure if it’s a simple typo or what. Additionally, while it’s listed on her store page as “Doxology (Jude 23–24)”, Spotify has it simply listed as “Doxology”.  ↩

MOTD — The Overgrown Waltz — Bela Fleck

Here's your #MOTD (Melody of the Day). 

"The Overgrown Waltz" by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones from their album, The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Volume 2.

What I am Listening to: Behold the Christ by Whitney Bozarth
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The lyrics are wonderful. True poetry, no doubt. But when you can compose a melody embedded with a texture that is able to make you feel what the lyrics are describing–the message of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation–that's when you have a great song. Listen, feel, reflect, and be blessed. You can stream the album by clicking this link.

Behold The Christ

From Sojourn’s latest album “New Again” Written and performed by Whitney Bozarth

Verse One See all creation pure and bright Abounding forth in radiant light Eternal God who made our home And made a people called his own

See the darkness enter in All of creation stained with sin Oh, what could overcome the night From heaven’s throne descends the light From heaven’s throne descends the light

Chorus

The hope of promises fulfilled From prophets long foretold The author of all life, behold the Christ Descended down to men, then lifted up to die Who crushed the grip of sin, behold the Christ

Verse Two

See the Son lay down his life. The innocent for those defiled Forgiveness we may now receive Oh, Sinner, won’t you now believe Oh, Sinner, won’t you now believe

Chorus

The hope of promises fulfilled From prophets long foretold The author of all life, behold the Christ Descended down to men, then lifted up to die Who crushed the grip of sin, behold the Christ

Verse Three Oh, see Him coming for his bride Wearing spotless robes of white All of our sorrow is replaced With joy, as we behold his face With joy, as we behold his face

What I'm Listening To: Songs for the Book of Luke
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A song based on Luke 18:9-14, 'Not in Me' is quickly becoming one of my new favorite songs. NOT IN ME Words and Music by Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward

Verse 1

No list of sins I have not done, no list of virtues I pursue,

No list of those I am not like can earn myself a place with you.

O God! Be merciful to me. I am a sinner through and through.

My only hope of righteousness is not in me, but only you

Verse 2

No humble dress, no fervent prayer, no lifted hands no tearful song,

No recitation of the truth can justify a single wrong.

My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus death.

My weary load was borne by Him

Verse 3

No separation from the world, no work I do, no gift I give

Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands,

I cannot cause my soul to live.

But Jesus died and rose again. The pow’r of death is overthrown!

My God is merciful to me and merciful in Christ alone.

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My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus death.

My weary load was borne by him, and He alone can give me rest,

And He alone can give me rest.

To learn more about the song (including sheet music and chord charts), visit the gospel coalition's website here.