What Would Jesus Sing?

christmas-304633_1280As you probably know, a few years back, there was a question that became very popular among Christians, that were not sure how to handle certain situations that would arise in their lives… and that question was "What would Jesus do?" Many times this question would bring to light the answer to whatever dilemma the person was facing. 

Truth be known, this question has helped me personally quite a few times, even if I wasn't the one facing the dilemma. It provided clarity on issues I hadn't thought about. Perhaps you too have applied this question to issues in your life. If so, I'm sure you're glad to have such a question to use. I know I am.

Over the years I have been so amazed by song writers that have been able to create simple lyrics with music, and in a matter of minutes (sometimes even less) move me emotionally. In under 5 minutes (in most cases), they can tell a story with words that rhyme, that pull directly at my heartstrings. Does this ever happen to you?

I've often thought that perhaps it is because of my musical background ( I use to be a drummer in a Top 40 band back in the '70s), but I don't think it is. In any case, I want to tell you about how this video came to be. 

One day I was sitting in my club basement, which is where I spend most of my time (my man cave), and I was just kind of talking to the Lord and thinking about the things going on in my own life (like we all do), and this idea popped in my mind. The idea consisted of 4 words… the same 4 words that are the title of this page (What Would Jesus Sing?).

That was it. There were no details… just those words. I didn't know anything about any video that the Lord was coaxing me to make. In fact, at first, I thought I would write a song with that title and sing the song myself while playing my guitar. Oops! I forgot to tell ya, I also play guitar just a bit, but I would not call myself a guitarist by any means, which is probably why the video idea (when it did come along) seem like the thing to do.  I'm sure the song, had I decided to go that route, would have been very similar, because my intention was to somehow connect the same songs that ended up in the video. 

It did take me over 2 months to put all the pieces together, while picking and choosing the song clips that would make my points. I don't know if anyone else has ever noticed this before, but for as long as I can remember, there have been song lyrics that seem to be applicable to God or Jesus communicating love to us. After eliminating many other songs, the video above is what I've come up with. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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More Like You with Lyrics by Martin Wikstøl

I Love Your way
More than any word can say

Beyond compare
Is Your loving atmosphere

Through history
You reveal the mystery

Your Breath of Life
And the Painful Sacrifice

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

You let me in
Gave me life Erased my sin

Though I won't learn
You gave Your life in return

Your love divine
Make a sinner like me shine

Your grace so free
Gave me life eternally

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

No words can describe
The Offering You paid
For My Life

No one can compare
Your grace keeps me holding on

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

Michael Wikstol

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

If I could be More Like You
Place all my trust in You
You would make all things new
by Your stripes

*****

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I Can Only Imagine with Lyrics

I can only imagine 
what it will be like,
when I walk by Your side…

I can only imagine, 
what my eyes will see,
when Your Face is before me!

I can only imagine. 
I can only imagine.

Surrounded by Your Glory, 
what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you, Jesus? 
Or in awe of You, be still?

Will I stand in Your presence, 
or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? 
Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

I can only imagine, when that day comes,
when I find myself standing in the Son!
I can only imagine, when all I will do,
is forever, forever worship You!

I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!!
Only imagine!!! I can only imagine.
I can only imagine, when all I do is forever,
forever worship You!
I can only imagine."

*****

This is unequivocally one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. If you're a lyrics lover and a Christian, as am I, then you will definitely be moved by this song. If you've never heard it before then you're in for a real treat. If you're a karaoke singer, as am I, I recommend practicing a few times in private first. Truth be known, I got emotional many times attempting to sing this song before I could sing it in public. 
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The Best of Mercy MeMercyMe is an American Christian rock band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul.

The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine" which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to double platinum certification. Since then, the group has released six additional studio albums (four of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album, 10. The group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1. MercyMe has won 8 Dove Awards and has had numerous Grammy Award nominations.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MercyMe

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