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Aug 2011


Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! – Psalm 31:21-24

Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ, because the music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life – Panic by The Smiths

I have been a fan of the music that Sojourn Community Church has been producing for a while now. My first introduction to them was the 2007 Before the Throne album. With music as rich and varied as life, and lyrics full of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, prayer for guidance, prayers of repentance, blessing and love, this album really struck a nerve with me and began to show me what “church music” could and should be about.

Their next album set the bar even higher in regards to quality and content. 2009′s Over the Grave: The Hymns of Isaac Watts, volume one, album is a desert island top 5 album for me. I remember listening to this album at least twice a day for about 6 months straight, driving to and from work. Their 2011 release, The Water and the Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts, volume two, is equally as impressive. With both incredible music, and spot-on theology, once again, Sojourn Music managed to present me an album that was indicative of the kind of authenticity and creativity a local church can have, and then be able to demonstrate that to its community.

This Sunday we will be introducing a song to our Sunday gathering off the Over the Grave album entitled Refuge. It was written by Neil Robins, and is based on lyrics by Isaac Watts on Psalm 31:1-24. Here are the lyrics:

Unto your hands O God of truth, my spirit I commit
You have redeemed my soul from death and saved me from the pit
The passions of my hope and fear maintain a doubtful strife
While sorrow, pain and sin conspire to take away my life

I know my days are in Your hands though I draw near to dust
You are the God in whom I trust, You are my refuge
So lift up your voice and sing aloud and praise Him all you saints
How wondrous is His grace, He is our refuge

Make your most beloved face to shine upon me now
And save me for your mercy’s sake for I am lost without
While in my haste I’m quick to say “where is your help for me?”
But you attend me when I pray and you have heard my plea

For further information on Isaac Watts and his use of the Psalms in corporate worship, I would recommend reading an article by the Pastor of Worship and Arts at Sojourn Community Church, Mike Cosper, entitled Isaac Watts: The Reformer You Know By Heart But Not By Name. You can also purchase a recording of Refuge and download the song by clicking here.



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