Beautiful, Scandalous Night

I’ve had this hauntingly, beautiful song on my mind ever since we sang it last week during our Good Friday service at Kenwood Baptist Church. There are several versions available, but my favorite one is by Smalltown Poets.

Beautiful, Scandalous Night
by Derald Daugherty and Steve Hindalong

Verse 1
Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Verse 2
Follow Christ to the holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flowed
For you and for me and for all

Chorus
At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful, scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful, scandalous night

Verse 3
On the hillside, you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that poured
From our blessed Savior’s side

Chorus
At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful, scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful, scandalous night

Verse 4
Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Chorus
At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful, scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful, scandalous night

No Grave Could Keep

We sang this beautiful song yesterday during the Easter worship service at Kenwood Baptist Church. It was written by our Associate Pastor of Worship, Matt Damico.

No Grave Could Keep
by Matt Damico

Verse 1
The Maker of all, in a young virgin’s womb,
the Word, now a baby, cries.
In humility robed, in the form a slave,
the Lord of life come to die.

Verse 2
The Judge of mankind, now placed on a trial,
the guilt of His people now His.
The righteous one bears these thorns for a crown,
that sinners found in Him might live.

Refrain:
Mighty Savior!
Death could not hold Him, no grave could keep.
Hallelujah!
He reigns forever, the risen King!

Verse 3
Lifted and nailed to a cross where He died,
the record of sin, now paid.
But look for Him not, for the Man is not there,
the King is alive, as He said.

Verse 4
The bride now awaits for her King to appear,
when she will in purity rise.
And on that fair day, His praises we’ll sing,
our heart’s trust beheld with our eyes.

Joy to the World – Sojourn

One of my favorite Christmas albums is Advent Songs from Sojourn, a church family here in Louisville. I really enjoy all of the songs, but Joy to the World is my favorite.

You can listen to the studio version on the player embeded below…

Recently Jamie Barnes and Brooks Ritter performed the song at LifeWay and you can view their performance below…


Merry Christmas everyone!

Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat

This is a beautiful new song from Jamie Barnes of Sojourn Music. You can stream the entire album, which is comprised of two EPs, for free at Sojourn Music’s Bandcamp site.

Approach my soul, the mercy seat
Where Holy One and helpless meet
There fall before my Judges’ feet
Thy promise is my only plea, O God

Send wings to lift the clutch of sin
You who dwell between the cherubim
From war without and fear within
Relieve the grief from the shoulders of crumbling men

O God — Pour out your mercy to me
My God, Oh what striking love to bleed.

Fashion my heart in your alchemy
With the brass to front the devil’s perjury
And surefire grace my Jesus speaks
I must. I will. I do believe. O God.

O God — Pour out your mercy to me
My God, Oh what striking love to bleed.

Approach my soul, the mercy seat
Where Holy One and helpless meet
There fall before my Judges’ feet
Thy promise is my only plea, O God

—Jamie Barnes
Based on a hymn by John Newton

Via: Tony Reinke

The Joy Eternal

Kenneth Padgett, a member of Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh, NC, which is a church plant of Bethlehem Baptist Church, has created a musical experience called The Joy Eternal.

The first song being released is called Finally Alive and is based on John Piper’s book by the same title.

Finally Alive

I was dead and depraved and I loved my sin
I was lifeless in the grave of hopelessness

But I’m Finally Alive
I’ve been made new
I’m satisfied in You
And these dead bones live
And this new heart beats
For You

You, in Your loving kindness healed my blindness and let me see.
Now I can see and savor, enjoy forever Your majesty!

I’m Finally Alive
I’ve been made new
I’m satisfied in You
And these dead bones live
And this new heart beats
For You

Kenneth is presently working on several more songs that will be released sometime soon as an EP. To learn more about The Joy Eternal you can join the Facebook group or follow them on Twitter.

Via: Desiring God Blog