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Are you looking for Trinitarian worship music? I know I am! Last year I complained that if the doctrine of the Trinity were abandoned most modern Christian music could still stand as it is without change. So much of modern Christian music is directed to, or about, the “Lord” or “God” or one person of the Trinity alone (usually Jesus) that there is a real lack of music that is directed to, or about, The Triune Life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I’m happy to report that Ross Jutsum’s latest CD, Truly Amazing, is a wonderful step forward in correcting this problem and giving the Church music that praises God as he truly is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I bought a copy using Ross’s website and I wanted to share with you the Trinitarian lyrics to several of the songs in the hopes that you will be encouraged to buy a copy for yourself.

The first track is titled “How Much More?” and the chorus addresses praise directly to the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus the Savior, and then to all three together by addressing the praise to the “Almighty God.” Here are the words:

If the rocks cry out and the mountains sing / How much more should we, / Your children, praise You?/ If Creation shouts Your mighty majesty / How much more should we, / Your children, praise You?

Chorus: Abba, Father – You are so wonderful / Holy Spirit – You fill our hearts with joy / Lord and Savior – You are our all in all / And we praise You, Almighty God

If the lightning flashes, the thunder roars / How much more should we, / Your children, praise You? / If the heaven and earth declare your / awesome worth – How much more / should we, Your children, praise You? (Chorus)

The universe declares Your power and glory / Magnifies Your name / Yesterday, today, forever / Lord, You are the same! (First Verse and Chorus)

Track 4, “You Belong to Me” is also Trinitarian in its praise to the Father and Jesus and in speaking of the Holy spirit. I also like this one because Ross references adoption and the reconciliation of all humanity, which are other key aspects of the gospel that are largely absent from Christian music:

Heavenly Father / You accept me just as I am / You forgive me and redeem me / by the precious blood of the Lamb / In Your love You have adopted me / Your daughter, Your very own / So I praise You and exalt You / Humbly bow before Your throne

Chorus: Father you say “no male or female, / no bond or slave or free / No Jew or Greek or Gentile, You are all my family / You are one in Jesus – He alone can set You free / You’re My sons and daughters – You belong to Me”

Jesus, My Savior / Seated at the Father’s right hand / You’ve included and You’ve reconciled / every child and woman and man / By the Holy Spirit’s power / You draw everyone to You / So I thank You and I bless You / You make everything brand new

Father, I belong to You and You belong to me / Jesus, You’re my liberty and You have set me free

I think Track 6 is my favorite on the CD. It’s called “Benediction/Our Song” and Ross uses a style I really like: he devotes one verse each to the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and then the final verse worships all three as the One God that they are. As with “You Belong to Me” this one also references the inclusion of humanity in the Father’s life through the Son:

Father, you love all the world / The same as Jesus Christ Your Son / Every precious child belongs to You / – beloved, everyone / You are for us, You are with us, / You are in Your children all / Father, we’re Your sons and daughters / – help us listen to Your call

Jesus, You’re our Lord and Savior, / our Salvation and our Song / King and Shepherd and Redeemer, / – in your presence we belong / Never leave us or forsake us / – Lord, You are with us always / Great Creator, Awesome God / – we will forever sing your praise

Spirit, guide us to all truth / Remind us everything You hear / Comfort us, no longer orphans, / Give us peace, cast out all fear / Join us with the heavenly Father / – bind us in the Living Way / Advocate and Counselor,       / please teach us every night and day

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit / – God, we lift our song to You / Fill us with Your life and love / and let our praise be fresh and new / How we love You and we need You / – hold us in Your hands we pray / We will dwell and fellowship / – with You forever we will stay

The last and title track, “Truly Amazing!” is also addressed to the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. And it also speaks of everyone being included in the Father’s plan in Jesus:

That you included me in your plan, / and everyone since the world began / is truly amazing . . . amazingly true / That all along You had me in mind, / and everyone since the dawn of time / is simply astounding . . . astounding just like You

Chorus: Loving God, Heavenly Father, / My Savior, Christ the Son; / Holy Spirit, my Comforter / – You invited everyone / to Your table covered with mercy, / Your kingdom filled with Your grace / I accept your invitation, and I welcome . . . Your loving embrace

That you had plans for me from the start / You formed my mind and fashioned my heart / is truly amazing . . . amazingly true / And that You number my hairs and my tears; / You know my name, my joys and fears / is simply astounding . . . / astounding just like You (Chorus)

You forgiveness is amazing / and Your fellowship divine / And your friendship I will treasure / and I’ll cherish for all time . . . (Chorus)

There are other good songs on this album – my kids enjoy “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” and I like Ross’s retelling of the parable of the Prodigal (called “The Great Celebration”) especially because of this perichoretic and Trinitarian line in the chorus: “and father is leading the dance!”

If you’re planning to spend money on Christian music this Christmas, or this coming year, I highly recommend this CD as a way to enable your worship of the beauty of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Here’s a link to where you can buy it online: http://www.rossjutsum.com/order_cds.html

~ Jonathan Stepp

 

3 comments so far

  1. Virginia McNeely on

    We brought this cd at GCI conference in Olanda. It is good.

  2. boydmerriman on

    Thanks Jonathan! That is good music.

    What I miss are songs that have a story, a message, not just repeating the same verse over and over again.

    What really bothers me is when songs try to call God down or the Holy Spirit down as if God (Trinity) were not here. I remind the church when I’m worship leading that we are here by God’s calling and invite, not our inviting God to be with us. Though we should always be inviting to God for his visit to us, we realize that God is with us all the time.

  3. Pastor Jonathan on

    I agree, Boyd!


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