All I Have Is Christ

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

Music and words by Jordan Kauflin
© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

One thought on “All I Have Is Christ

  1. Great thoughts. I find that our most exleeclnt times of worship corporately speaking come when the band has had an exleeclnt midweek rehearsal. By that I mean when I leave rehearsal I am pumped to see how what we just did translates to Sunday morning. Many times this happens when we spend time talking about the sermon topic, scriptures and elements being planned for the upcoming service, and as we play we begin to contextualize moments in the music set as they will happen on Sunday how they will relate to the other elements in the liturgy, scriptures and prayers. When this happens, a dramatic shift takes place in our rehearsal. We begin to think less about our parts, and begin to rehearse how we are presenting the message in the songs how the arrangements, dynamics, and tempo will work together within the service to create authentic moments of worshipful experience. We begin to think creatively about how to present beautiful moments that will compliment what we anticipate the Lord will be doing throughout the storyline of the morning. The times I’m most intentional about leading rehearsals this way are far more fruitful than the times we spend tweaking transitions or trying to nail a big section of a song. I think when our band prepares like this corporately, we are not merely focusing on bringing our best as individual musicians, but we are working together to present the gospel in a powerful way in these moments our rehearsal (and/or working toward excellence) becomes a little transcendant. I think where our individual work on our musicianship comes into play in this context is that the more competent you are technically, the more freed up you will be to express yourself creatively in these moments without limitation or distraction.

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