Psalm 24 asks the question: Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? There was only ever one man, and when he had done his work on earth Jesus rode up that hill in triumph, and the gates of heaven shouted for joy to let him in.

But Jesus wasn't alone: 'He leads forth the prisoners with singing' (Ps 68:6 NIV). 'When you ascended on high you led captives in your train' (Ps 68:18 NIV). I'm looking forward to following him up that hill, singing all the way.

LIFT UP YOUR HEADS

(PSALM 24)

Why should the gates of heaven be closed?
Is there no one pure?
Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?
Is there no one worthy?

Look now! Lift up your heads!
The King is returning
The King is returning
Jesus, mighty to save
Riding in glory
Jesus, the conquering King

See how he leads the ones he has freed
From the power of sin
Joy on their face, they follow him in
The redeemed are singing:

Look now! Lift up your heads...

Open, you gates, be lifted, you doors
Let the Son arise
Heaven be filled with anthems of joy
To the King of glory!

Look now! Lift up your heads...


Words and music: Michael Morrow
© 2008 Michael Morrow

One morning I was singing an Isaac Watts' hymn: 'Come let us join our cheerful songs with angels round the throne...Worthy the Lamb who died, they cry'. The angels were praising Jesus, who died, not for them, but for us (Heb 2:16-17). How much more should we praise him!

COME HEAR THE ANGELS SING

Come hear the angels sing:
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain"
Gathering 'round the throne
"Hail the Son of Man, hail the Son of Man"
Not for their sin he died
It was no angel crucified
And yet they hold him in their sight
And live to praise their Lord!

Come hear the elders sing
As they fall in praise to the Lamb
Bowing before the throne
Laying down their crowns
Laying down their crowns
They praise him for his blood
With which he purchased men for God
They praise the Saviour of the world
The Lamb, he is their Lord!

Hear the heavens shout:
"Worthy is the Lamb"
All creation bows
Giving glory to the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

What is the song we'll sing

As we join in heaven with our God?
A people from every land
Crowding 'round the Lamb
Crowding round the Lamb?
We'll sing salvation's song
How many million voices strong!
We'll sing the glory of our King,
Of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hear the heavens shout...


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

We are 'sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness' (1 Thess 5:5 NIV). We look forward to the day when he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marvelled at among all those who have believed (2 Thess 1:10).

This song was written as the theme song for the AFES National Training Event, 2006.

WE BELONG TO THE DAY

We belong to the day
To the day that is to come
When the night falls away
And our Saviour will return
For the glory of the King is in our hearts
On that day we will be seen for what we are

We belong to the day
Let us journey in the light
Put on faith, put on love
As our armour for the fight
And the promise of salvation in our eyes
On that day the proud will fall, the faithful rise

Strong as a mighty rock
Our refuge in the coming wrath
The heart of the bride belongs
To Jesus, Jesus
The earth in its turning stops
To marvel at the Son of God
And all of that day belongs
To Jesus, Jesus

We belong to the day
We were bought with Jesus' blood
Soon he comes as the judge
In the power of his word
We must tell of his salvation while we wait
For the day when Jesus comes will be too late

Strong as a mighty rock...

Oh, if ten thousand years go by
We will wait
Let us tell of his great love
He will come
For his patience means salvation!

Strong as a mighty rock...


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2006 Michael Morrow

How do we know Jesus loves us? When we can't trust our feelings there is only one thing we can hold onto: we have the knowledge that if he gave his life for us there's nothing more we can ask of him. He loves me all I could ever need.

I KNOW YOUR LOVE

Jesus, I know your love
You are the Lamb, you were my ransom
Jesus, I trust your love
You know my sin, you are the answer
I know you're the author of,
The perfecter of this great salvation
Jesus, I know your love
For you are the Lamb of God

And I know your love is strong
And I know you're holding on
For you gave your life
What more could I ask of love?

Jesus, I'll follow you
You are the King, Lion of Judah
Jesus, I'll do your will
Strong in your strength, you are the victory
I know you will give the right
To the tree of life in paradise
Oh, Jesus, I'll follow you
For you are the King of kings

And I know your love is strong...

Jesus, I know your love
You are the Lamb, you were my ransom
Jesus, I trust your love
You know my sin, you are the answer
I know you're the author of
The perfecter of this great salvation
Jesus, I know your love
For you are the Lamb of God


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2002 Michael Morrow

One of the big themes in Mark's gospel is that people have no idea who Jesus is. Why? The rest of creation has no problem grasping it - the waves bow down, the demons are terrified, dead people wake up at the sound of his voice. Creation has always been in awe of God: 'You came down and the mountains trembled before you' (Is 64:3 NIV); 'At your rebuke the waters fled' (Ps 77:16 NIV). Is it any wonder that when the King walked among us the earth sat up and took notice? Do we have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? (Mk 8:18)

THE KING HAS WALKED AMONG US

The King has walked among us
We saw creation bow in praise
The demons fled before him
He spoke a word, the dead were raised

And your kingdom is upon us
Give us eyes that we might see
You have walked the earth in glory
Lord, you reign
Let the rocks cry out in wonder
Let the storm no longer rage
What can keep us now from singing
Lord, you reign

You made the mountains tremble
You made the waters run and hide
The waves bowed down before you
Their maker walked upon the tide

And your kingdom is upon us...

And blessed be the one
Who comes in the name
The name of the Lord

And your kingdom is upon us...


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

This is the most personal song on the album. I'm always looking for the words that express exactly what I want to say to God, and the best way I've found is to write down my prayers. This is my prayer.

GIVE ME A HEART

Give me, O Lord, a heart that bends
Toward your long-awaited day
A heart that turns from love of self
And by your grace is moved to pray

Give me, O Lord, a heart that seeks
To know your pleasure, hear your praise
That counts as nought the praise of men
But longs to one day see your face

Give me, O Lord, a heart that weeps
For those who cannot hear your voice
A heart that knows the fear of hell
And longs to hear the saved rejoice

Give me, O Lord, a heart that sings
For every breath it breathes anew
A heart that cannot help itself
But sounds its every beat for you


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

I was reading Psalm 92, and feeling envious of some really successful people. God wanted to show me that I was wanting the wrong things. Some people will spring up like grass and flourish, but they'll be gone before long. The righteous person is more like a tree, slow growing, but firm and lasting. 'They will bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is not wickedness in him."' (Ps 92:14-15 NIV)

JESUS IS THE ROCK

Jesus is the rock on which I will stand
I will put my hope in his mighty hand
The earth will wear out and fade away
But this rock is firm, and he will remain

Jesus is the rock, he will not be moved
Through the trials of time his goodness is proved
The blessings of God are slow and strong
Jesus is the rock, in him I belong

Let those who trust be not put to shame
The strength of men only lasts for a day
But they that wait on the Lord will stand forever
Growing stronger in the promise of the Lord

Jesus is the rock on which I will stand
I will put my hope in his mighty hand
The earth will wear out and fade away
But this rock is firm, and he will remain

Let those who trust be not put to shame

Jesus is the rock, he will not be moved
Through the trials of time his goodness is proved
The blessings of God are slow and strong
Jesus is the rock, in him I belong


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

I led a bible study a few years back where I very ungraciously dragged my group through the gospel of John, making a huge list of all the names and characteristics of Jesus. My technique left a lot to be desired, but there was no denying the beauty of the words John writes about his hero. This song is mostly from John 1, especially verse 16: 'And from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace' (ESV).

GRACE UPON GRACE

What would it take to be our Saviour?
What would it take to give us life?
Who in this world can know the Father?
Who in the darkness is a light?

Jesus, the Lamb of God
Messiah, the Holy One
And from his fullness we've received
Grace upon grace, grace upon grace
Jesus, the truth, the life
Who reigns at the Father's side
And all he has he gave for us
Grace upon grace, grace upon grace

Who was with God before the ages?
Who was alive when time began?
Who would give up the wealth of heaven
Only to suffer at our hands?

Jesus, the Lamb of God...

Who will return to save his people?
What is the name we'll shout and sing?
Who is the Word of God to save us?
What is his name?

Jesus, the Lamb of God...


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2006 Michael Morrow

Some things are so wrong that they twist your stomach and melt your eyes to tears. Seeing our Saviour hung on a cross is that sort of shock, and Isaac Watts captures it perfectly. I've updated some of his lesser known lyrics to make them fit the Kingsfold tune, and I confess I've used a softer version rather than the original, which called us 'worms'. I don't argue with him; that's what we are, but I thought his song packed enough punch in our shallow culture without it. I'll happily stand next to him and declare myself a worm one day, only to be in the presence of the true man, our Saviour.

ALAS, AND DID MY SAVIOUR BLEED?

Alas, and did my Saviour bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a one as I?
His body slain before its time
His head was bathed in blood
He bore the mark of wrath divine
While in my place he stood

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker died
For man the creature's sin
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree!

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While his dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness
And melt my eyes to tears
But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe
Here, Lord, I give my self away
'Tis all that I can do


Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748); Additional lyrics: Michael Morrow; Music: Traditional, arranged Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

'Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God' (Heb 12:1-2 NIV)

JESUS, I WILL LOOK TO YOU

Search my heart, Lord
And show me all the ways you would change me
Fill my eyes, Lord
And passing things of earth won't concern me

Set my heart on things above
Where you reign on the throne of God

Jesus, I will look to you
When I need answers you are the truth
When my heart is cold
Will you be my goal?
Jesus, I will look to you

Set my feet, Lord
To stand against a world that denies you
Bring the day, Lord
When every knee will bow down before you

Lord, I know these days are long
But you're with me through every one

Jesus, I will look to you


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow

'Whom have I in heaven but you? And being with you, I desire nothing on earth.' (Ps 73:25 NIV)

NOW AND EVERMORE

In a while we will be forevermore
We will be like Jesus our Lord
Drown the sun in his eyes
Need nothing more
He is our light, Jesus our Lord

Now and evermore
You are Lord

In a while we will see him glorious
He is our prize, Jesus our Lord
Wipe the tears from our eyes
Look heavenward
He is our life, Jesus our Lord

Now and evermore
You are Lord

You are the King
And I'll praise you

You are the truth
And I'll praise you

You are the light
And I'll praise you

You are my life
And I'll praise you

Now and evermore
You are Lord


Words and music: Michael Morrow
©2008 Michael Morrow