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Upward: The Bob Kauflin Hymns Project

by Sovereign Grace Music

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Praise God 04:45
VERSE 1 Praise God from whom all blessings flow In heaven above and earth below Praise God the Father and the Son Praise God the Spirit, three-in-one VERSE 2 From all that dwell beneath the skies Let the Creator’s praise arise Let our Redeemer’s name be sung Through every land, by every tongue VERSE 3 Eternal are Your mercies, Lord Eternal truth attends Your Word Your praise will sound from shore to shore Till suns shall rise and set no more Credits: Original lyrics of verse 1 by Thomas Ken, original lyrics of verse 2 and 3 by Isaac Watts, alternate lyrics verse 1 by Bob Kauflin, music by Louis Bourgeois' Genevan Psalter, arrangement by Bob Kauflin © 2000 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
VERSE 1 Praise the Lord, you heavens, adore Him Praise Him angels in the height Sun and moon rejoice before Him Praise Him all you stars and light VERSE 2 Praise the Lord for He has spoken Worlds His mighty voice obeyed Laws which never can be broken For their guidance He has made CHORUS Creator and Giver of Grace Sustainer of infants and kings Our Savior who rules all our days Our hearts and our voices we bring To praise the Lord VERSE 3 Praise the Lord for He is glorious Never shall His promise fail God has made his saints victorious Sin and death shall not prevail VERSE 4 Praise the God of our salvation Hosts on high His power proclaim Heaven and earth and all creation Praise and magnify His name Credits: Verse lyrics Anonymous, ca. 1801, chorus by Bob Kauflin, music by Bob Kauflin and John Spiro © 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
VERSE 1 A debtor to mercy alone Of covenant mercy I sing I come with Your righteousness on My humble offering to bring The judgments of Your holy law With me can have nothing to do My Savior’s obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions From view VERSE 2 The work which Your goodness began The arm of Your strength will complete Your promise is yes and amen And never was forfeited yet The future or things that are now No power below or above Can make You Your purpose forego Or sever my soul from Your love VERSE 3 My name from the palms of Your hands Eternity will not erase Impressed on Your heart it remains In marks of indelible grace Yes I, to the end will endure Until I bow down at Your throne Forever and always secure Forever and always secure Forever and always secure A debtor to mercy alone Credits: Original lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady, additional words and music by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
VERSE 1 “Man of Sorrows” what a name For the Son of God who came Ruined sinners to reclaim Hallelujah, what a Savior Hallelujah, what a Savior VERSE 2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude In my place condemned He stood Sealed my pardon with His blood Hallelujah, what a Savior Hallelujah, what a Savior VERSE 3 Guilty vile and helpless we Spotless Lamb of God was He Full atonement can it be Hallelujah, what a Savior Hallelujah, what a Savior VERSE 4 Lifted up was He to die “It is finished!” was His cry Now in heaven exalted high Hallelujah, what a Savior Hallelujah, what a Savior VERSE 5 When He comes, our glorious King All His ransomed home to bring Then anew this song we’ll sing Hallelujah, what a Savior Hallelujah, what a Savior Credits: Music and lyrics by Philip Bliss, arrangement by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Mercies Anew 04:23
VERSE 1 Every morning that breaks There are mercies anew Every breath that I take Is your faithfulness proved And at the end of each day When my labors are through I will sing of Your mercies anew VERSE 2 When I’ve fallen and strayed There were mercies anew For you sought me in love And my heart you pursued In the face of my sin Lord, You never withdrew So I sing of Your mercies anew CHORUS And Your mercies, they will never end For ten thousand years they’ll remain And when this world’s beauty has passed away Your mercies will be unchanged VERSE 3 And when the storms swirl and rage There are mercies anew In affliction and pain You will carry me through And at the end of my days When Your throne fills my view I will sing of Your mercies anew I will sing of Your mercies anew Credits: Words and music by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin © 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
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)
VERSE 1 Come now almighty King Help us Your name to sing We will declare Your praise Righteous in all Your ways Father, all glorious O’er all victorious Come and reign over us Ancient of Days VERSE 2 Come now incarnate Word Take up Your mighty sword Our humble prayers attend Faithful unto the end Come and Your people bless And give Your Word success Lord of all righteousness On us descend VERSE 3 Come Holy Spirit come Your perfect will be done Brighten our darkened hearts Your precious life impart Guide us into Your truth So we might bear more fruit Fill us with more of You Spirit of power VERSE 4 To the great one in three Eternal praises be Timeless, unchanging Lord Now and forevermore Your sovereign majesty May we in glory see And to eternity Love and adore Credits: Original words by Martin Maddan (1726-1790), alternate words by Bob Kauflin, music by Bob Kauflin and John Spiro © 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
VERSE 1 Immortal, invisible God only wise In light inaccessible hid from our eyes Most holy, most glorious the ancient of days Almighty, victorious Your great name we praise VERSE 2 Unresting, unhasting and silent as light Not wanting or wasting You rule us in might Your justice like mountains high soaring above Your clouds which are fountainsOf goodness and love CHORUS Most Holy, Most glorious The Ancient of Days Almighty, victorious Your great name we praise VERSE 3 All life comes from You Lord to both great and small In all life you live Lord, the true life of all We blossom and flourish, but quickly grow frail We wither and perish, but You never fail VERSE 4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light Your angels adore you all veiling their sight All praise we will render oh Father of grace Till one day in splendor we see face to face Credits: Original words by Walter Chalmers Smith (1867), original melody traditional welsh hymn © 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
VERSE 1 Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace Over all victorious in its bright increase Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way CHORUS Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest Finding as He promised Perfect peace and rest VERSE 2 Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand Never foe can follow, never traitor stand Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there VERSE 3 Every joy or trial falleth from above Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love We may trust Him fully all for us to do They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true Credits: Words by Frances R. Havergal (1874), music by James Mountain (1876), arrangement by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
The Look 04:15
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 by Bob Kauflin © 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
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)
VERSE 1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me Let me hide myself in Thee Let the water and the blood From Thy wounded side which flowed Be of sin the double cure Save from wrath and make me pure VERSE 2 All the labors of my hands Could not meet Thy law’s demands Could my zeal no respite know Could my tears forever flow All for sin could not atone Thou must save, and Thou alone VERSE 3 Nothing in my hands I bring Simply to Thy cross I cling Naked come to Thee for dress Helpless, look to Thee for grace To Thy fountain, Lord, I fly Wash me Savior or I die VERSE 4 While I draw this fleeting breath When my eyes shall close in death When I soar to worlds unknown See Thee on Thy judgment throne Rock of Ages, cleft for me Let me hide myself in Thee Credits: Lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady, alternate words and music by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)


This project emerges from a conviction that hymns still speak with power. A pastor, worship leader, and songwriter, Bob Kauflin selected, adapted, and arranged these songs—some of them familiar, some new, and some newly revised.
Many of the lyrics on this CD were written long ago by men and women who loved God deeply and wanted to give the church tools for knowing and worshiping Him. So they wrote hymns. We want to benefit from and emulate their example.

Hymns focus on rich lyrical content, giving us a feast for the mind which leads to a feast for the heart. The music and melodies may change to communicate more effectively with each generation, but the biblical truths they proclaim remain constant and must not be lost.

In an age of individualism and an emphasis on personal experiences with God, hymns remind us that we don’t ever worship God in isolation. By their very nature, hymns connect us to that “communion of saints” from every nation, culture, and time who will one day unite to glorify God around His throne. We are honored on this project to join our voices and hearts with hymn writers from previous centuries who looked upward and were moved to worship our great God and glorious Savior. Our prayer is that you will do the same.

—Bob Kauflin

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released May 1, 2003

Produced by Bob Kauflin and Steve Cook
Engineered by Kevin Myers, David Wilcox, Steve Cook, and
Pete Harwood at 21st Street Recording and at Sovereign
Grace Studios Pro Tools
Editing: Steve Cook
Additional Pro Tools editing: Bob Kauflin, Kevin Myers, Ted Slater, and Jeremy Bowers
Mixed by Kevin Myers at 21st Street Recording, Purcellville, VA
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering, Springfield, VA


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