Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

I am always on the lookout for new music to sing either in personal times of devotion and worship, or in the setting of corporate worship. My hope is to find solid, Christ-centered, Biblical music that will uplift and teach, as well as being easily singable as an individual and by a congregation. That’s a lot of boxes to check.

But I think I found another.

The song’s title is the title of this post: Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me. It was written by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson for St Paul’s Castle Church, in Sydney, Australia. If you want to do a little more reading about the scriptural references and teaching of the song, I’d highly encourage you read this article from the Berean Test website, it is thorough and incredibly helpful.

Rarely do you find a new song these days that is so beautifully exalts the sufficiency of Christ, that conveys the richness of believers’ blessing in Him, and calls us to hope and faith in Him.

I’ve provided a link to a recording of the song, and the lyrics are given below. Learn this one, let it be your prayer and praise. May we join in declaring “our hope is only Jesus, all the glory evermore to him, when the race is complete still my lips shall repeat: ‘Yet not I but through Christ in me.'”

Verse 1

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine I can sing all is mine
Yet not I but through Christ in me

Verse 2

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side the Saviour he will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need his power is displayed

To this I hold my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome
Yet not I but through Christ in me

Verse 3

No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free
Yet not I but through Christ in me

Verse 4

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I but through Christ in me

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Music for the Quarantine

I don’t often make music recommendations; there are too many differing tastes and preferences in music.  Too many wars have been started in Churches over simply the style of the music, regardless of its content or quality – and having stated that fact probably offended someone.

Still, as we are in the midst of our 6th week of Quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus, I thought I’d share some of the music that I’ve been listening to. I’ve found these to be albums/artists who’s music conveys beauty and goodness, bringing encouragement in troubling times, and even conveying greater Biblical truth.  Not all of the albums or artists listed here meet all of those categories, but I have found their music to be soothing  in these long weeks.

I’ve tried to include Spotify links were available so that you can check out their music as well.

Andrew Peterson – Resurrection Letters, Vol. 2

Peterson music has a folk, bluegrass, country feel to it, but what really drives his music is the wonderful writing. Deeply Biblical pictures come through his lyrics, expressing a sense of something greater that gives us purpose and meaning in life.  If you can find a way to listen to all of Peterson’s music, do so, but the Resurrection Letters albums are particularly good.

Josh Garrels – Home

I don’t know how best to describe Josh Garrels’ music, but it certainly resonates with me. There’s a mix of west coast hip hop, folk, bluegrass, and Christian that makes his music rise above any particular genre. Combined with lyrics that are layered, moving, and story-telling, his music is always a journey.  The Home album is a type of concept album that tells the story of salvation and liturgy in worship. Garrels himself wrote about this album, “While writing these songs I was searching for joy, and this pursuit instinctively brought my attention back to the people and places closest to me. Because of this, these songs have less of an outward, expansive scope, and rather turn the attention inward, to the intimacy of family, forgiveness, and homecoming.”

John Williams – American Journey

Whether or not you are a fan of the Symphony, you are certainly familiar with John Williams’ music. He has written the soundtrack for just about every blockbuster movie since the 80’s (Jaws, E.T., Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Home Alone, Harry Potter, just to name a few). The American Journey was committed by President Clinton for a multimedia presentation called “The Unfinished Journey” released on New Year’s Eve 1999. When you listen you can almost see the history of America unfold in your imagination.  The music is wholesome, inspiring, and beautiful.

Cardiphonia Music – Hollow Square Hymnal

This is a collection of artists who have come together for an album of Shape Note Hymns.  There’s not enough space here to try to convey what shape note signing is, but the original shape note singing feels like old Appalachian Gospel singing.  This album has a mostly modern setting, and will introduce some hymns that have been long forgotten.

Alan Golgoll – Grizzly Caterpillar

Sometimes you just need some soft music playing in the background, and this is my go to.  From his website – Alan Gogoll is an Australian acoustic guitarist and composer most known for the invention of his two-handed simultaneous artificial harmonics technique he has called ‘Bell Harmonics’, which is featured in many of his original songs such as Mulberry Mouse, Pepperleaf Pipes and Bell’s Harmonic. Intrigued?  Give it a listen and you’ll be hooked.