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Upward: The Bob Kauflin Hymns Project

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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.
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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

>> For sheet music, lyrics, and more album information visit sovereigngracemusic.org/music/albums/upward-the-bob-kauflin-hymns-project/ <<

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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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Track Name: Praise God
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)
Track Name: You Heavens Adore Him
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)
Track Name: A Debtor to Mercy
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)
Track Name: Hallelujah, What a Savior
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)
Track Name: Mercies Anew
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)
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: Come Now Almighty King
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)
Track Name: Your Great Name We Praise
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)
Track Name: Like a River Glorious
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)
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 by 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: Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
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)