“Raise A Hallelujah”

Verse 1
I raise a hallelujah
in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah
louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah
my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah
Heaven comes to fight for me

Chorus 1
I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder
you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes hope will arise
Death is defeated the King is alive

Verse 2
I raise a hallelujah
with everything inside of me
I raise a hallelujah
I will watch the darkness flee
I raise a hallelujah
in the middle of the mystery
I raise a hallelujah
fear you lost your hold on me

Chorus 1

Bridge
Sing a little louder
Sing a little louder
(x2)

Bridge
Sing a little louder in the presence of my enemies
Sing a little louder louder than the unbelief
Sing a little louder my weapon is a melody
Sing a little louder Heaven comes to fight for me

Sing a little louder

Chorus 1

Ending
I raise a hallelujah

“Christ Be Magnified”

Verse 1
Were creation suddenly articulate
With a thousand tongues to lift one cry
Then from north to south and east to west
We’d hear Christ be magnified

Verse 2
Were the whole earth echoing His eminence
His name would burst from sea and sky
From rivers to the mountain tops
We’d hear Christ be magnified

Chorus
O Christ be magnified
Let His praise arise
Christ be magnified in me
O Christ be magnified
From the altar of my life
Christ be magnified in me

Verse 3
When ev’ry creature finds its inmost melody
And ev’ry human heart its native cry
O then in one enraptured hymn of praise
We’ll sing Christ be magnified

Bridge
I won’t bow to idols
I’ll stand strong and worship You
And if it puts me in the fire
I’ll rejoice ’cause You’re there too

I won’t be formed by feelings
I hold fast to what is true
If the cross brings transformation
Then I’ll be crucified with You
(You can hang me there with You)

Bridge
‘Cause death is just the doorway
Into resurrection life
If I join You in Your suff’rings
Then I’ll join You when You rise

And when You return in glory
With all the angels and the saints
My heart will still be singing
My song will be the same

“Living Hope”

Verse 1
How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night

Then through the darkness Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished the end is written
Jesus Christ my living hope

Verse 2
Who could imagine so great a mercy
What heart could fathom such boundless grace
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame

The cross has spoken I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ my living hope

Chorus
Hallelujah praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ my living hope

Chorus

Verse 3
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
(REPEAT)
Jesus Yours is the victory whoa

Chorus (x2)

Ending
Jesus Christ my living hope
Oh God You are my living hope

“Lord I Need You”

Verse 1
Lord I come I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the one
that guides my heart

Chorus 1
Lord I need You
oh I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense
my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

Verse 2
Where sin runs deep
Your grace is more
Where grace is found
is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Chorus 1

Bridge
So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand
I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay

Chorus 2
Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense
my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

Chorus 2

Tag
My one defense
my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

“O Come O Come Emmanuel”

Verse 1
O come O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here
Until the Son of God appear

O come Thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Chorus 1
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel rejoice

Chorus 2
O rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee

Ending
O come O come Emmanuel
Ransom captive Israel
Jesus come

Colossians 1:27, NIV
the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

“There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake… Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.” (Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)

Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

“A Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love.” (John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, p.6)

“It will not go away in spite of our efforts over the years to anesthetize or ignore its song, or attach it to a single person or endeavor. It is a Romance couched in mystery and set deeply within us. It cannot be categorized into propositional truths or fully known any more than studying the anatomy of a corpse would help us know the person who once inhabited it.” (John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance, 19)

Psalm 42:1-2, NIV
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 63:1-3, MSG
God — you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. 2 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. 3 In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains.

Psalm 27:4, 8, NLT
4 The one thing I ask of the LORD — the thing I seek most — is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

Psalm 84:1-2, 10, NLT
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty. 2 I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.
10 A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

Jeremiah 31:3, NIV
3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

“Even in your hobbies, has there not always been some secret attraction which the others are curiously ignorant of… something which you were born desiring… you are looking for, watching for, listening for? … If it should really become manifest… Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say, ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul.” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain)

“When the desire is too much to bear, we often bury it beneath frenzied thoughts and activities or escape it by dulling our immediate consciousness of living. It is possible to run away from the desire for years, even decades, at a time, but we cannot eradicate it entirely. It keeps touching us in little glimpses and hints in our dreams, our hopes, our unguarded moments.” (Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)

Helen Keller in a letter to Phillips Brooks wrote this concerning God:
“I always knew He was there, but I didn’t know His name!”