As We Praise

by | Oct 17, 2018 | The Psalmist Series | 0 comments

The song “As We Praise” began with one simple desire: we wanted to write a song that we could lead in our local church.

We wanted it to represent our church culture and the core values at our roots—namely, covenant, influence, and bravery.

To start, Pastor Joel had this hymn-like melody that I instantly resonated with (I love a good hymn!) In the end—and unintentionally on our part—that hymn-like quality beautifully expressed the timeless aspect of the lyrics we wanted to convey. Just like hymns are songs that have been sung for many generations, we hope our core values will be sustained in the generations to come.

In the verses, you catch a glimpse of our core value called covenant. Each verse begins with an invitation to come and turn our attention to the Lord. That’s what we do every Sunday morning. We come, fellowship, and remind one another—through our conversations, songs, offerings, and teachings—that the Lord is the center of our lives. He is the reason for all that we do and the one thing that unites us.

The chorus echoes our core value of influence. We don’t want to just come and gather (although that is important). We also want our worship to rise, to spread out, and to resonate in the far corners of the earth. We want to be known for our radical love.

The bridge continues this theme with a reminder to be brave. Let us not merely talk about what God has done, but let His work be reflected in our daily lives. It reminds me of the verse, Philippians 1:6. Paul encourages the Philippian church that “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We don’t come to church one day a week and check our faith at the door when we leave. When we come and receive a touch or word from God, we expect that it will continue to grow and flourish in our homes, families, workplaces, and everywhere we go. That’s why the bridge ends with the lyric, “It’s only just begun.”

As a part of our church community—whether locally or in spirit—we hope this song resonates with you. We made a basic iPhone recording so you can listen to it throughout your week. We hope you find yourselves singing along as a reminder to love one another, to magnify the Lord, and to be a showy display of His transformative power in your lives.

Until we meet again,
Brianna

**Stay tuned for a fully produced version of this song for download coming soon!**

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VERSE 1:

COME AND SING WITH EXPECTION
JOIN OUR SONG OF ADORATION
HOLY ARE YOU LORD
COME LIFT OF SHOUT OF CELEBRATION
EVERY CORNER, EVERY NATION
HOLY ARE YOU LORD

 

CHORUS:

LET IT RISE TO THE HEAVENS, IN WAVE AFTER WAVE
LET IT FLOOD EVERY VALLEY, IN WAVE AFTER WAVE
LET OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER
BE THE SOUND THAT RESONATES
UNIFY US NOW AS WE PRAISE

 

VERSE 2:

IN THIS PLACE WE ALL HAVE GATHERED
EVERY STREAM FLOWING TOGETHER
HOLY ARE YOU, LORD
THERE’S HEALING HERE AND RESTORATION
BRINGING JUSTICE TO THE NATIONS
HOLY ARE YOU, LORD

CHORUS:

LET IT RISE TO THE HEAVENS, IN WAVE AFTER WAVE
LET IT FLOOD EVERY VALLEY, IN WAVE AFTER WAVE
LET OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER
BE THE SOUND THAT RESONATES
UNIFY US NOW AS WE PRAISE

 

BRIDGE:

AS WE SING OF ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE
MAY OUR LIVES REFLECT YOUR SON
IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN
IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN

 

OUTRO:

AS WE PRAISE LET’S GLORIFY
COME AND SING TO MAGNIGY
AS WE PRAISE MAKE US ONE
MAKE US ONE, MAKE US ONE

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The Psalmist Series

Worship is cultured in the heart, defined in our response, and expressed in many ways. The Psalmist Series is a collection of posts by worshipers dedicated to various and creative ways of expressing worship.

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