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Songs for the Cross Centered Life

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A first for Sovereign Grace Ministries, Songs for the Cross Centered Life is a worship CD inspired by a book. What C.J. Mahaney’s book does in print, this CD does in 14 cross-centered songs. Five of them are new and nine are updated favorites from earlier recordings. The CD includes a booklet that contains the entire first chapter from The Cross Centered Life, making the project an inspiring reminder of how to preach the gospel to ourselves and equipping us with songs that help us do just that.

“‘My heart is filled with a thousand songs proclaiming the glories of Calvary.’ This line from the chorus of ‘The Glories of Calvary’ by Steve and Vikki Cook explains why we produced Songs for the Cross Centered Life. Using various musical styles ranging from Celtic to pop, from classical to gospel rock, we extol the glories of the Lamb who was slain for our sins. Some of the songs may be familiar, some you’ll be hearing for the first time. But all of them are simply a distant echo of the glorious new song being sung around the heavenly throne. Our prayer is that as you listen, you will be drawn to worship the Savior whose cross will ever be the center of our lives.” —Bob Kauflin

“I’m no singer (ask my friends), but I love to sing about the cross. A Christian’s heart should be brimming every day with the song of Calvary.... If like me you can’t play an instrument, worship to recorded music. There is no better way to start each day than to employ songs and hymns that speak of the cross with clarity and power.” —C.J. Mahaney, from The Cross Centered Life

>> For sheet music, lyrics, and more album information visit sovereigngracemusic.org/music/albums/songs-for-the-cross-centered-life/ <<

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released May 1, 2004

Producer: Steve Cook
Executive Producer: Bo Lotinsky

Recording: Steve Cook, Dave MacKenzie, Trevor Michael, Jon Musgrave, Kevin Myers, Tom Ruhling
Assistant engineer and Pro Tools editing: Mike Ball, Michelle Gallison, Ted Slater
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering
Mixed by Salvo for SalvoMix, Inc.

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Track Name: The Gospel Song
Holy God in love became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross he took my sin
By his death I live again


Credits:
Words by Drew Jones, music by Bob Kauflin
© 2002 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Glories of Calvary
VERSE 1
Lord, You’re calling me to come
And behold the wondrous cross
To explore the depths of grace
That came to me at such a cost
Where Your boundless love
Conquered my boundless sin
And mercy’s arms were opened wide

CHORUS
My heart is filled with a thousand songs
Proclaiming the glories of Calvary
With every breath, Lord how I long
To sing of Jesus who died for me
Lord, take me deeper
Into the glories of Calvary

VERSE 2
Sinners find eternal joy
In the triumph of Your wounds
By our Savior’s crimson flow
Holy wrath has been removed
And Your saints below
Join with your saints above
Rejoicing in the Risen Lamb


Credits:
Words and music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 2003 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Jesus, My Only Hope
VERSE 1
I come into Your presence
With nothing in my hands
I only bring thanksgiving
For Jesus, God and Man
I cast myself on mercy
I cast myself on love
I trust Your gracious promise
To wash me with Your blood

VERSE 2
I will not fear Your judgment
For me, no wrath I dread
For it was spent on Jesus
Poured out upon His head
When Satan’s accusations
Make my poor heart afraid
I hear my King declaring
“Father, that debt is paid”

CHORUS
Jesus my only hope, my only plea
My righteousness, my Great High Priest
Who intercedes for me before the throne
Jesus, I trust in You alone


Credits:
Words and music by Mark Altrogge
© 2002 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: Wonderful Savior
VERSE 1
How can we not sing out to the One who saved us
And covered us with Your blood
Casting all our sin into Your sea of mercy
Crowning us with Your love?

CHORUS
Wonderful Savior, beautiful Jesus
Bending down to lift us up
Out of our darkness, into Your brightness
Calling us Your own
Wonderful Savior, beautiful Jesus
We will always love You
Wonderful Savior, beautiful Jesus

VERSE 2
How can we not sing out to the One who changed us
And gave us eternal hope
Capturing our hearts, flooding us with gladness
That someday we’ll see Your face?


Credits:
Words and music by Mark Altrogge
© 2003 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: The Glory of the Cross
VERSE 1
What wisdom once devised the plan
Where all our sin and pride
Was placed upon the perfect Lamb
Who suffered, bled, and died?
The wisdom of a Sovereign God
Whose greatness will be shown
When those who crucified Your Son
Rejoice around Your throne

CHORUS
And, oh, the glory of the cross
That You would send Your Son for us
I gladly count my life as loss
That I might come to know
The glory of, the glory of the cross

VERSE 2
What righteousness was there revealed
That sets the guilty free
That justifies ungodly men
And calls the filthy clean?
A righteousness that proved to all
Your justice has been met
And holy wrath is satisfied
Through one atoning death

VERSE 3
What mercy now has been proclaimed
For those who would believe
A love incomprehensible
Our minds could not conceive?
A mercy that forgives my sin
Then makes me like Your Son
And now I’m loved forevermore
Because of what You’ve done


Credits:
Words and music by Bob Kauflin
© 2000 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: This Fathomless Love
VERSE 1
Lord, what moved Your heart to love lowly man
Before any star could herald Your praise?
And why did You come, abasing Yourself
Veiled in a robe of frail human clay?
Why would You, the pure, give Your life for the vile
The innocent seeking the guilty
To be reconciled?

CHORUS
I can’t comprehend this fathomless love
I’m gripped and amazed at what You have done
Why would the adored become the despised
To bear all the furious wrath that was mine?
How awesome this mystery
Of Your fathomless love for me

VERSE 2
Why would You adopt and take as Your own
Those who had crushed Your one precious Son?
Why mercy and grace towards Your enemies?
Your name they have cursed and Your throne they have shunned
Oh, how could You choose to show kindness to these?
The ones who would mock You and hate You
The ones just like me?


Credits:
Words and music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 1999 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Look
VERSE 1
I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood
Who fixed His loving eyes on me
As near His cross I stood
And never till my dying breath
Will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke

VERSE 2
My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there
But with a second look He said
“I freely all forgive
This blood is for your ransom paid
I died that you might live”

CHORUS
Forever etched upon my mind
Is the look of Him who died
The Lamb I crucified
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace
That looked on me and gladly took my place

VERSE 3
Thus while His death my sin displays
For all the world to view
Such is the mystery of grace
It seals my pardon too
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by Him I killed


Credits:
Words by John Newton (1725–1807), music and new and alternate lyrics, Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: I Will Glory in My Redeemer
VERSE 1
I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death
My only Savior before the holy Judge
The Lamb who is my righteousness
The Lamb who is my righteousness

VERSE 2
I will glory in my Redeemer
My life He bought, my love He owns
I have no longings for another
I’m satisfied in Him alone
I will glory in my Redeemer
His faithfulness my standing place
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me
My feet are firm, held by His grace
My feet are firm, held by His grace

VERSE 3
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who carries me on eagles’ wings
He crowns my life with lovingkindness
His triumph song I’ll ever sing
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who waits for me at gates of gold
And when He calls me, it will be paradise
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold


Credits:
Words and music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 2000 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Only in the Cross
VERSE 1
When I look upon the cross
In that spectacle of suffering
I see the power of God
There the Son of God was crushed
And lifted up to die for me
And conquered death forever

CHORUS
So I will glory only in the cross
Yes, I will glory only in the cross
And I will make my boast
In the Lord Jesus Christ
Crucified to ransom us

VERSE 2
When I look upon the cross
In what might seem a senseless death
I see the wisdom of God
For there the sinless Holy One
Was made to be sin for me
Then He declared me righteous


Credits:
Words and music by Mark Altrogge
© 1991 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Word Music Inc
Track Name: Glory To
VERSE 1
Father, we love Your sovereignty
We love that Your wondrous grace
Ordered Calvary
Father, You gave Your only Son
You planned for His sacrifice
Before time had begun
Hallelujah
We lift up our hands, we lift up our voice

CHORUS
Glory to the Father, glory to the Savior
You called us through the gospel of Your grace
Glory to the Father, glory to the Savior
Forever You are worthy of our praise
Of our praise

VERSE 2
Jesus, we love You for the cross
We love that You offered up
Your life to purchase us
Jesus, we love your saving death
We love that it rescues us
From the Father’s wrath
Hallelujah
We lift up our hands, we lift up our voice


Credits:
Words and music by Doug Plank
© 2003 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: I Come by the Blood
VERSE 1
You are the perfect and righteous God
Whose presence bears no sin
You bid me come to Your holy place
How can I enter in
When Your presence bears no sin?
Through Him, who poured out His life for me
The atoning Lamb of God
Through Him, and His work alone
I boldly come

CHORUS
I come by the blood, I come by the cross
Where Your mercy flows
From hands pierced for me
For I dare not stand on my righteousness
My every hope rests on what Christ has done
And I come by the blood

VERSE 2
You are the high and exalted King
The One the angels fear
So far above me in every way
Lord, how can I draw near
To the One the angels fear?
Through Him who laid down His life for me
And ascended to Your side
Through Him, through Jesus alone
I boldly come


Credits:
Words and music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 1994 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Word Music
Track Name: Before the Cross
VERSE 1
My Savior’s sacrifice paid for all my sin
So in my suffering I look to the cross again
No need, no want, no trial, no pain
Can compare to this
The wrath of God, once meant for me
Was all spent on Him

CHORUS
Before the Cross, I humbly bow
I place my trust in the Savior
Your finished work captures my gaze
You bore the wrath, I know the grace

VERSE 2
In my darkest hour, Your presence is my peace
In my days of joy, Your grace carries me
Jesus, my Great High Priest
The One who pleads for me
My heart is filled with faith in You
Here at Calvary on my knees


Credits:
Words and music by Jon Payne
© 2003 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
VERSE 1
Alas, and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree

CHORUS
My God, why would You shed Your blood
So pure and undefiled
To make a sinful one like me
Your chosen, precious child?

VERSE 2
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut His glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man, the creature’s, sin
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness
And melt my eyes to tears


Credits:
Original words by Isaac Watts, additional words and music by Bob Kauflin
© 1997 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Track Name: Before the Throne of God Above
VERSE 1
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

VERSE 2
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

VERSE 3
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God


Credits:
Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), alternate words and music by Vikki Cook
©1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Gospel Song (Reprise)
Holy God, in love, became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross he took my sin
By his death I live again


Credits:
Words by Drew Jones, music by Bob Kauflin
© 2002 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)