The Risen Christ (Revelation 1)

Back in high school I was in a band. If you’re wondering what musical talents Derick must have in order to be in a band, you are probably giving our band too much credit. Or maybe it was that my friends gave me too much credit. Or they simply pitied me and allowed me to hang out with them while they practiced. The band had the name 3 Toed Sloth (awesome name), featured my friends JJ & Andrew, and had one decent hit: “Chlorine.” During those glory days of our band I remember penning a couple of songs myself: “Flying Pink Buffalo” and of course “Orange Soda.” Needless to say, we didn’t go far, and I don’t think I have tried to write any songs since.

Until I did.

the Risen Christ

The Risen Christ (Revelation 1)

I recently had the opportunity to write a song with two of my friends based off the vision of the risen Christ in Revelation 1. The desire was to celebrate the Apostle John’s vision of our resurrected Lord and Savior, to help people commit some of this scripture to memory and to leave a lasting impression of its significance (and maybe even have some fun doing it). As I have been preaching through the seven letters to the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, it has been impressed upon me that in each letter when the church was failing, the answers to their failures could be found in recognizing Jesus for who He truly is in His resurrected and exalted position. To behold an accurate view of Christ in His risen and glorious state is to recognize our King as He truly is, which provides an important answer to the Christian’s lingering doubts and fears, especially in the face of persecution and suffering.

Jesus was dead and now he’s alive… that changes everything. The resurrection changes everything. Jesus is alive… and forever He shall reign.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us on Easter (Sunday, March 31) at 6:30 PM – 32712 Crown Valley Pkwy, Dana Point, CA 92629 in the “Old Chapel” as I preach from Revelation 1 – “The Risen Christ”. I think you will find this song and my Easter sermon each a little more helpful to your soul than a song about a flying pink buffalo.

Listen here: 

Here are the lyrics with scripture references:

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The Risen Christ (Revelation 1)

Behold a vision from God revealed:     [Rev 1:1]

the risen Christ I see,    [Rev 1:5,12-13]

Victorious upon the clouds    [Rev 1:7]

to end man’s tyranny.     [Rev 1:7; 19:15]

Dressed in robes, perfect high priest;     [Rev 1:13; 19:13,15-16; see also Isaiah 63:1-6]

the Ruler of all things.     [Rev 1:5]

He walks among His churches now,     [Rev 1:13,20]

exalted, glorious King.     [Rev 1:5-6; 19:16]

Jesus Christ, He’s alive, forever He shall reign.     [Rev 1:5,18; 2:18]

We submit and we praise Him, He is our coming King     [Our response & Rev 1:7; 22:7,12,20]

His eyes of fire, they pierce the soul;     [Rev 1:14; 19:12]

His steadfast feet assured.     [Rev 1:15]

His face shines like the sun on high;     [Rev 1:16]

great waters form His words.     [Rev 1:15; 19:6]

From His mouth proceeds a sword:     [Rev 1:16]

a judgment that’s divine.

Only by grace do I not fear     [Rev 1:17]

and call the Savior mine.

Chorus

He was dead, He’s alive, now we’re redeemed.     [Rev 1:5-6]

He was dead, He’s alive, now we’re redeemed.

He says, “Fear not, I’m first and last,   [Rev 1:17-18 (whole verse)]

I am the Living One.

I was dead, but I have come to life

now, and forever-more.”

He lives forever, forever and ever,

He lives forever-more!

He was dead, He’s alive,forever He shall reign.

Give your life to Jesus now, the risen Christ our King.     [This is the proper response!]

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If you like this song, head over to Anewband.com to download other great hymns for free (or donation).

“The Risen Christ (Revelation 1)” ©2013 by Derick Zeulner, Steven Shaw & Dana Dill

Psalm 68 + “Wounded for Me” by Anew

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Psalm 68 – The One with the God who Saves

An epic psalm that reads like a story. It tells of the Hero who has delivered and provides for His people, bears burdens, saves from death, will judge the wicked, and one day be worshipped by all. Will you claim this story? Will you make Him your Hero?

[audio http://archive.org/download/Psalm68TheOneWithTheGodWhoSaves/7-29-12Psalm68.mp3]

Download  (right click and select “save as”)

Bonus audio download from last night’s service:

Anew: Wounded for Me

Our story has expanded beyond Psalm 68… this song captures the epic story of the Hero who came down.

[audio http://archive.org/download/WoundedForMe/WoundedForMelive-Anew.mp3]

Download (right click and select “save as”)

sing and make music

In Ephesians 5:19-21, Paul lists out some different evidences of the Spirit-filled (or spiritually mature) life. A clear point in this section is that Christians are to be musical people (“sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,”). Now hear this, I don’t play any instruments and my voice is best appreciated by a 15 month old with no regard for taste, but I choose to express my love for Jesus and my praise of God with music regularly because it is part of how God created us to connect with Him and encourage one another. Music is good. Singing is good. Praising God is very, very good (and you don’t have to be good at it… at all!).

One of the things that I have really loved about our Sunday night service (Remix) is the worship music. One of the worship leaders is Steven Shaw, a dear friend of mine, and I have recently been really blessed and impressed by his desire to grow as a worship leader and to make the music we sing even more exalting of Christ. A great example of his heart in this was seen this past Sunday night when he played a song called Take Me In (Dave Browning, 1986).

Take me past the outer courts
Into the secret place,
Past the brazen altar,
Lord, I want to see Your  face.
Pass me by the crowds of people,
The priests who sing Your praise;
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness
And it’s only found in one place.

Take me in to the Holy of Holies,
Take me in by the blood of the Lamb;
Take me in to the Holy of Holies,
Take the coal, cleanse my lips,
Here I am.
Take the coal, cleanse my lips,
Here I am.

Steven loves this song and has played it other times in the past, but was convicted that it wasn’t quite complete. He wanted to take people past the Old Testament understanding of approaching God and make sure they know that Christ has made it possible for all who are called by His name to approach God. And even more, that we are now called His temple and we have the task to bring His name to others. So Steven wrote this additional verse:

Christ made us priests before God.
Through the cross we are made clean.
Christ has changed this,
We are the temple He is in.
Help me tell all of Your people,
Of Your glory and Your grace
You died for us and You long for us,
Let us turn to You and praise.

I was really blessed by this addition: first because of his intention bring greater meaning, but also because it sounds really good.

So click the play button or download and give this a listen to…

Take Me In – by Anew (Steven & Lauren Shaw, with Adam Mendez) recorded live at Remix on January 29, 2012.

[audio http://www.archive.org/download/TakeMeIn-Anew/TakeMeIn-Anew.mp3]

For more great (free) music from Steven & Lauren visit their blog at anewband.com.

a week late #2 – how deep the Father’s love for us

(Due to the busyness of last week I have several posts I hand intended to write, but just never got to them… here is number two)

If you were at our South Shores Remix service last week (10/30/11), (or watched it online) then you got to enjoy the initial worship leading experience of our third worship team of Dana Dill, Rebecca Zeulner (my lovely wife), and Tim Aney. Not only was it a great night of worship, as we have come to regularly expect from all 3 of our worship teams, but this trio also did something particularly meaningful to me: they incorporated some of the scripture we were studying that night into one of the songs. As a complete musical illiterate (though profoundly moved by and appreciative of music), I was not aware of how you went about doing something like this, but was absolutely thrilled at both the idea of it and its implementation.

We were in Ephesians 3:14-21, a prayer of Paul, and in verses 17-19 Paul prays that his readers will fully grasp how much Jesus loves them.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Eph 3:17-19

Dana and Rebecca, wanting to sing “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” saw an opportunity (since this song lacks in a chorus or tag), to add a tag and pull the words directly from these verses.

The tag they added is simple: How deep, how wide, how long, how high… is Your love.

This simple, yet meditative tag when thrown into the midst of a lot of rich theological verses gave our congregation a sweet pause to simply reflect on the vastness of this love. They sang it fully through before the sermon, and then afterwards they began with this tag (repeated many times) and then came back to the first verse. It was a beautiful thing. If they ever get a chance to record I will certainly post it on here. Until then, here are the words (or if you do watch the video, it is at 19:50 (and again after the message, about 1:08:00).

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stuart Townend (tag by The Beggars)

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

How deep, how wide
How long, how high (x2)

Is Your love (x4)

I will not boast in anything
No gifts no power no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

By the way, Dana has a great blog to be found here: Core Fellowship – Dana’s Blog

And Rebecca here: The Orange Blossom

Anew – Reveal Your Love

At our South Shores Remix service we have a few different bands that are taking turns in leading our group into the presence of the Lord. One such group, husband and wife team Steven and Lauren Shaw, has started a blog to help chronicle their musical experience and reflections. Today, in their second post, they have included a download of a song they recently recorded after playing it at the Remix service. The song is called, “Reveal Your Love.” May I just say, that the night the played it (we were looking at how we were dead and our sin and made alive only by God’s grace), it moved me to tears. They played and sang it beautifully, but also helped our church to understand its meaning and why we should worship a God who both pours out wrath, but also gives mercy.

Here’s an excerpt from their post:

These lyrics portray the reality that God will pour out his wrath on people and that he will judge humanity. They also show the tension of being on the receiving end of God’s actions. Yikes!  This can be a hard pill to swallow and is not the first thing I like to think about when I think of the Lord. It is common to push this truth under the rug when speaking of God’s character, but nevertheless it IS part of his character.

The Wonderful part in having a relationship with God is that I am always learning more about Him, and growing in my understanding of Him. I know that while He is a God of wrath and judgement, He is also supremely good and perfect. And because of Christ, He hears our prayers when we ask for grace instead of Wrath. Thank you Lord!!

It is a great song and they are great worship leaders. Here’s the song, and head over to their blog for more of their insights and the lyrics.

Made Anew Blog

Steven & Lauren Shaw - "Anew"

thy mercy

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

This song embodies the incredible riches of God’s mercy show upon miserable sinners like us. When we know how ugly and awful sin is, we can then praise the Almighty God who decided to act in spite of our ugliness…

Oh what sweet, sweet praise, when sinners who have been raised, sing the sweet, sweet song, of God’s mercy.

Artist: Sandra McCracken (also Caedmon’s Call & Indelible Grace)

Album: The Builder and the Architect

Thy Mercy

Thy mercy my God is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue.
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affection and bound my soul fast.

Without Thy sweet mercy, I could not live here.
Sin would reduce me to utter despair,
But through Thy free goodness, my spirit’s revived
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart.
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground
And weep for the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

(Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah)
Hallelujah
(Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah)

Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own
In the covenant love of Thy crucified Son.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine.

Well, Hallelujah
Hallelujah (Hallelujah)
Well, Hallelujah

cling to the crucified

After a long day of work… this song brought me incredible peace. May it do the same for you. Bask in it’s rich view of Christ.

Artist: Indelible Grace Music (performed by Jeremy Casella)

Album: Wake Thy Slumbering Children

Cling To The Crucified

1. Cling to the Mighty One, Cling in thy grief
Cling to the Holy One, He gives relief
Cling to the Gracious One, Cling in thy pain
Cling to the Faithful One, He will sustain

Chorus: Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King

2. Cling to the Living One, Cling in thy woe
Cling to the Loving One, Through all below
Cling to the Pardoning One, He speaketh peace
Cling to the Healing One, Anguish will cease

3. Cling to the Bleeding One, Cling to His side
Cling to the Rising One, In Him abide
Cling to the Coming One, Hope shall arise
Cling to the Reigning One, Joy lights thine eyes

© 2007 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP).
All rights reserved.

Listen to it here.

A right view of God leads to right worship… more on that this Sunday at 6:30 PM in the Chapel at South Shores.