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Sovereign Over Us – Sunday Songs

Had a very encouraging time at Capalaba Presbyterian tonight.
God has blessed the work of the Gospel in this congregation and region.
One of the songs we sang was Sovereign Over Us.
Here’s a few thoughts about the song by Aaron Keyes, one of its writers.

The lyrics:
Verse 1
There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust
Chorus
Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
Verse 2
You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight
Chorus
Bridge
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good, You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful
Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Words & Music by Aaron Keyes, Bryan Brown, and Jack Mooring.
Copyright (c) 2011 Thankyou Music


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God The Uncreated One (King Forevermore) – Sunday Songs

God The Uncreated One is a modern hymn style song by Pete James and Aaron Keyes, popularly recorded by Getty Music.

The lyrics:
1.
God the Uncreated One
The author of salvation
Who wrote the laws of space and time
And fashioned worlds to His design
The one whom angel hosts revere
Hung the stars like chandeliers
Numbered every grain of sand
Knows the heart of every man
He is King forever
He is King forever
He is King forevermore
2.
God our fortress and our strength
The rock on which we can depend
Matchless in His majesty
His power and authority
Unshaken by the schemes of man
Never-changing, Great I Am
Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall
He is faithful through it all
Crown Him King forever
Crown Him King forever
Crown Him King forevermore
3.
Mighty God in mortal flesh
Forsaken by a traitor’s kiss
The curse of sin and centuries
Did pierce the lowly Prince of Peace
Lifted high, the sinless man
Crucified, the spotless Lamb
Buried by the sons of man
Rescued by the Father’s hand
To reign as King forever
Reign as King forever
Reign as King forevermore
4.
King Eternal, God of Grace
We crown You with the highest praise
Heaven shouts and saints adore
You’re Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!
What joy in everlasting life
All is love and faith is sight
Justice rolls and praises rise
At the name of Jesus Christ
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forevermore

Words and Music by Pete James and Aaron Keyes
© 2016 Getty Music Songs, LLC (Adm by MusicServices.org) / Thankyou Music (PRS) (Adm worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com excluding Europe which is Adm by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family. Songs@ integritymusic.com) / Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP) 10000 Fathers Publishing (ASCAP) (Adm at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)


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Establish The Work Of Our Hands (Featuring Aaron Keyes and Urban Doxology)

Establish The Work Of Our Hands, featuring Aaron Keyes and Urban Doxology is a reflection on Psalm 90 by Keyes and Sandra McCracken and is a track on Work Songs, the recently released album from The Porter’s Gate Worship Project.


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The Good Shepherd by Kenneth Bailey

9780830840632I saw The Good Shepherd by Kenneth Bailey mentioned on one of the blogs on my feed reader.
It’s now on my acquisitions list.
Some observations by the author:
“For nearly fifty years, Middle Eastern shepherds with their flocks were a part of the larger context in which I grew up and then lived and taught the New Testament,”
“It was my privilege to have laymen and clergy in three countries as my students who had herded sheep for extended periods in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
“Regarding the good shepherd, the Bible invites its readers on a thousand-year theological journey that can be likened to a movie consisting of nine major episodes. Anyone who enters the movie theater in the middle of the showing of a film may find the scene on display of interest—like watching a preview of some ‘coming attractions.’ Yet the viewer knows that the full story can only be understood when one views the film from the beginning to the end.”


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My Soul Finds Rest My Soul In God Alone – Sunday Songs

A good song for Reformation Sunday.
Stuart Townsend and Aaron Keyes composed this song based on Psalm 62 a few years back.
They both have renditions on various recordings.
I’ve posted an Aaron Keyes clip below.
The lyrics.

Lyrics
My soul finds rest in God alone,
My Rock and my salvation;
A fortress strong against my foes,
And I will not be shaken.
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse,
And lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness,
I’ll look to Him who hears me.

O praise Him, hallelujah,
My Delight and my reward;
Everlasting, never failing,
My Redeemer, my God.

Find rest, my soul, in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations;
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation.
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.

I’ll set my gaze on God alone
And trust in Him completely;
With every day pour out my soul
And He will prove His mercy.
Though life is but a fleeting breath,
A sigh too brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever.

Stuart Townend & Aaron Keyes
Copyright © 2007 Thankyou Music