Last week I featured a revision of the hymn ‘What Can Wash Away My Sin’ from EMU Music, Australia.
This week I want to feature a song by Matt Redman that has the first line: ‘Your blood speaks a better word’ and uses various lyrics from ‘What can wash away my sin’ as part of its refrain.
The song demonstrates the effort which song-writers from neo-pentecostal backgrounds are making to develop songs which reflect broader theological themes. This is particularly so in among a group of British song writers.
The lyrics are Christ centered and Christ focussed, identifying our entire acceptability with God to be founded on Jesus’ shed blood.
Here’s the lyrics, which can be purchased online from Kingsway Music.
Your blood speaks a better word
Than all the empty claims I’ve heard upon this earth
Speaks righteousness for me
And stands in my defence
Jesus, it’s Your blood
What can wash away our sins?
What can make us whole again?
Nothing but the blood
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can wash us pure as snow
Welcomed as the friends of God?
Nothing but Your blood
Nothing but Your blood, King Jesus
Your cross testifies in grace
Tells of the Father’s heart to make a way for us
Now boldly we approach
Not earthly confidence
It’s only by Your blood
Robert Lowry (1826-1899)/Matt Redman Chorus: Matt Redman
Copyright © 2004 Thankyou Music
A longish YouTube of Redman singing the song before a group of people. You can stop it when you get the idea, or watch it all. Interesting foreign language subtitles.