(From Dennis Cook) Today we welcome our first blog post from our newest contributor, Jason Logan. Each Thursday, Jason will be posting in a series called “Songs & Scriptures” highlighting scriptural truths in the songs we sing. Please use this resource to educate and build-up your personal knowledge of what we sing, as well as the congregation’s knowledge. We’re excited to have Jason on board with us…enjoy his first post below.
“In Christ Alone”—Biblical Dissection—Part 1 of 4
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music
Dissecting songs with scripture all started in response to the way that my congregation, or in some cases, not singing the new hymns and songs of our faith. My goal was to simply let God show them how richly His Word was impregnated with in each stanza, with hopes that it would change, for the better, how they looked upon the song and how they sang it.
I have made no attempt to derive doctrine out of these verse/lyric parings; however, it is my prayer that you simply let the Spirit take hold of you and your mind as you read the lyric and scripture together to see what guidance and insight the Lord imparts to you and imbues you with.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
1 Timothy 4:9-10
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
He is my light, my strength, my song;
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD :
“I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
My comforter, my all in all—
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.