Holding Fast: Songs of Grace for Rebel Hearts

by The Gospel Coalition

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Songs shape our theology. Curated specifically with TGCW18 and the book of Deuteronomy in mind, the songs of Holding Fast will help you remember God's faithfulness and respond in obedience and worship. As God holds fast to us in covenant love, we are compelled to hold fast to Him.

Featuring 16 tracks from a diverse group of artists, download the album FREE at tgc.org/songsofgrace or listen to the Spotify playlist.

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released April 23, 2018

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Track Name: Citizens - In Tenderness
Verse 1:
In tenderness he sought me
Weary and sick with sin
And on His shoulders brought me
Back to His fold again
While angels in His presence sang
Until the courts of heaven rang

Chorus:
Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God

Verse 2:
He died for me while I was sinning
Needy and poor and blind
He whispered to assure me
"I've found thee; thou art Mine"
I never heard a sweeter voice
It made my aching heart rejoice

Chorus:
Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God

Bridge:
Upon His grace I'll daily ponder
And sing anew His praise
With all adoring wonder
His blessings I retrace
It seems as if eternal days
Are far too short to sing His praise

Chorus
Track Name: Shai Linne - Faithful God
Who is like You? You're the Faithful One
Lord, You saved us when you gave your Son
And You keep us so we will not fall
You're faithful, God

We're so thankful we can call you Friend
You redeemed us and made us whole again
You're the only one we know to call
You're so faithful, God

You are faithful, never changing
From age to age, you remain the same and
Your steadfast love endures forever

Father God we come now before You
We were made to bow down and adore You
We're filled with thankfulness because of Your faithfulness
To Your Word and we've found that it's all true
To Your face, Lord, we turn in amazement
In Your grace, You determined to save men
From sin's consequence because of Your promises
In Jesus Christ, which are "yes" and they're "amen"
When Adam sinned, You provided a covering
You heard Israel cry in their suffering
You brought them out of the land with Your powerful hand
Lord, You're truly the God of the covenant
Even though You dropped clues, they were missing it
From here, we can see the true significance
All Your acts of might were shadows and types
To point ahead to a future deliverance
From the things You say, You don't budge
You're faithful to save and You're faithful to judge
The God who is just is not one of us
The faithful God is the God we can trust
We can't trust us, on You we rely
Everything we need, Lord, You will supply
Even when we're faithless, You remain faithful
You cannot deny Yourself

Lord, thanks for Your grace and Your favor
Your faithfulness we've tasted and savored
Your love and care for us is most clear to us
When we're beholding the face of the Savior
The Human race as a whole was infected
But for those You have chosen, elected
You made a promise and it was accomplished when
The chief cornerstone was rejected
We see Him dying on the cross for our evil
Where He appeared to be soft and feeble
In actuality, He holds the galaxies
In His hands- He's exalted and regal
When we believed, You were faithful to save us
And that means You'll be faithful to change us
And the Spirit of Jesus will keep us 'til
You make us holy and blameless
From the things You say, You don't budge
You're faithful to save and You're faithful to judge
The God who is just became one of us
The faithful God is the God we can trust
We can't trust us- on You we rely
Everything we need, Lord, You will supply
Even when we're faithless, You remain faithful
You cannot deny Yourself
Track Name: Austin Stone - Your Mercy
Verse 1:
I was alone, I couldn't find my place
'Til Heaven reached down, Your love it called my name
Out of my shame, out of the dead of night
Into a hope, into Your marvelous light

Pre-Chorus:
It's Your mercy, I don't deserve Your mercy
That You would reach down for me and keep me as Your own
For Your glory, I'm living for Your glory
And I will tell the story of Your unfailing love

Chorus:
Be glorified, be lifted high
In all my life, be glorified

Verse 2:
Though I may run, though I may fall apart
Chasing this world, things that will break Your heart
But faithful and true, sure as the rising sun
One thing is true, one thing is sure to come

Pre-Chorus:
It's Your mercy, I don't deserve Your mercy
That You would reach down for me and keep me as Your own
For Your glory, I'm living for Your glory
And I will tell the story of Your unfailing love

Chorus:
Be glorified, be lifted high
In all my life, be glorified
Be glorified, be lifted high
In all my life, be glorified
Be glorified
Be glorified

Bridge:
Oh, I've tasted and seen that You are good
And You're walking with me just like You said You would
And all that You say, every word is true
Oh, whom should I trust?
Jesus, I trust in You
Oh, I've tasted and seen that You are good
And You're walking with me just like You said You would
And all that You say, every word is true
Oh, whom should I trust?
Jesus, I trust in You

Chorus
Track Name: Nathan Partain - You Were Not My People
You hid from me, and so I called to you,
Then you accused, and so I blessed you.
Your heart was cold, so jealous was I for you,
You had contempt, and I just held you.

You closed your ears, so I displayed for you,
You shut your eyes, so I fed you.
You fought but I, was patient to wait for you,
You yelled and cried, while I clothed you.

You, you were not my people, but I called you my own.
You, you had been so hateful, I brought you to my home.

Your mind was bent and so I sang for you,
Your feet were bound, I untied you.
You could not speak, and so I taught you to,
You were so scared, but I gently drew.

You, you were not my people, but I called you my own
You, you had been so hateful, I brought you to my home
You, your own hands shed my blood, I have made you mine
You, illegitimate, uncovered, now you are my child.

You spit on me, even as I kissed you,
You struck my face, while I bathed you.
You raged, I poured my spirit all over you,
You crucified, and I let you.

You, you were not my people, but I called you my own
You, you had been so hateful, I brought you to my home
You, your own hands shed my blood, I have made you mine
You, illegitimate, uncovered, now you are my child.
Track Name: Liz Vice - Entrance
Verse 1:
There You were hanging
Transforming the pain into
Entrance into Your heart
Before we could come in
You had to destroy within
The dark that kept us apart

Verse 2:
Before we had heard of You
But had no concern for You
Darkness was all around
The wall was so high
No way to get by
But then You tore it all down

Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh

Verse 3:
We crossed the threshold
And death lost his control
As the sun rose in our hearts
We felt the warm embrace
Of Your sovereign grace
Now, every day we can start

Verse 4:
To live and love with You
Follow and worship You
With songs that flow from our soul
Filled with the light of You
As we are led by You
Longing with joy to be home

Chorus:
Jesus come, take our hand
Lead us into the Promise Land
Jesus come, take our hand
Lead us into the Promise Land
Jesus come, take our hand
Lead us into the Promise Land
Jesus come, take our hand
Lead us into the Promise Land
Track Name: The Sing Team - To God All Praise and Glory
Verse 1:
Sing praise to God who reigns above
The God of all creation
The God of power, the God of love
The God of our salvation
He fills my soul with sweet relief
And make my faithless murmur cease

Chorus:
To God all praise and glory
To God all praise and glory
To God all praise and glory
To God all praise and glory

Verse 2:
The Lord is never far away
But through all grief distressing
An ever-present help and stay
Our peace and joy and blessing
And in my Father's tender care
His love eclipses my despair

Chorus

Verse 3:
When life is hard and days are long
I'll sing aloud His praises
That men may hear the grateful song
My joyful spirit raises
My heart revived, my soul restored
My heart rejoices in the Lord

Chorus

Bridge:
Let all who claim Christ's holy name
Give God all praise and glory
Let all who lean on the Spirit's strength
Declare the wondrous story
Cast every idol from its throne
For Christ is Lord and Christ alone

Chorus
Track Name: Urban Doxology - Hear O Israel
Verse 1:
Hear O Israel:
Love the Lord your God
With all heart, and soul, mind and strength.
O heart of mine,
O strength, soul and mind,
Why falter in your love?
O heart of mine,
O strength, soul and mind,
Why falter in your love?
 
Verse 2:
Hear O Israel
Love your fellow man.
Love your neighbor just as your own self.
O heart of mine,
Filled with love divine
Why falter in your love?
O heart of mine,
Filled with love divine
Why falter in your love?
Track Name: The Verses Project - Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (feat. Mike Mumford)
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you
But to fear the Lord your God
To walk in all his ways,
To love him, to serve the Lord your God
With all your heart and with all your soul

And to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord
To keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord
Which I am commanding you today
For your good
Track Name: Jackie Hill Perry - Better
Count sheep

Now enter a dream

Of a scepter held by an expert Shepherd

And He do the same thing
But for these sheep it seems like it's 1-2-3
Keep falling on me
Now honestly think
Would you ever depend on attention-deficit sheep
That continue to think and compete with the Shepherd and His network
"Let him eat give him new fleece"
They want a sweatshirt
Or when they eat so they struggle to read

And every other week it's an excerpt from an internet verse

On a meme or a t-shirt or a mass text

Fast-food eating little sheep
Try and lecture

But they walk weak with a limp like a Fred Durst
Who gonna confess first?
No no doubt or don't speak
There's a lamb in silence with a Hannibal (bull)
And he should give it all to the lector
And ask the Shepherd so dare I try
I'm Jeremiah the bulimic sheep who don't eat

I just say I'm tired and go to sleep paralyzed
Like what if my legs are a pair of lies
I count real well and I stand disguised
Cat with a little bit of fear is a whole lot of pride can you feel me
Started from the bottom like Wheelchair Jimmy

Now I'm trying to get verified

Who cares? God, where was I?
Confessions to the God of Jacob changed my makeup

And give me grace when I wake up
Track Name: Bifrost Arts - Lesser Loves
Verse 1:
I was a prisoner; You held the key
the door was opened; You welcomed me
Oh I was guilty of every crime
but you took my place and you did my time

Refrain:
How can I thank you, Lord?
My broken heart, You have restored.
How can I thank you, Lord?
You give me grace I cannot afford.

I was an enemy but You made me a guest
You spread a table in the wilderness
Beside the waters, You filled my cup
O how I have settled for lesser loves

I was an orphan, but You called me “child”
I was a stranger; I was lost and defiled,
Redemption found me from up above
O how I had settled for lesser loves.
Track Name: Indelible Grace - Has Thou Heard Him, Seen Him, Known Him
Verse 1:
Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him,
Joyful choose the better part.

Chorus: 
Captivated by His beauty, Worthy tribute haste to bring.
Let His peerless worth constrain thee, Crown Him now unrivaled King.

Verse 2:
What can strip the seeming beauty,
From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty,
But the sight of peerless worth.

Verse 3:
'Tis that look that melted Peter,
’Tis that face that Stephen saw,
'Tis that heart that wept with Mary,
Can alone from idols draw.
Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God
Track Name: Sandra McCracken - Justice Will Roll Down (Live)
Verse 1:
Oh my love, you have grown so cold
To the world outside, to the house next door
She who has been loved much, has so much to give
Mercy is the fragrance, of the broken

Chorus:
Justice will roll down, oh justice will roll down
From high upon those mountains with a mighty river sound
It will roll down
It will roll down

Verse 2:
Oh my child, I will be your light
In your secret pain, in the dark of night
No enemy, no conqueror, will steal your life from me
I am your salvation, and your victory
Chorus

Verse 3:
Soon oh soon, when the trumpet sounds
Every knee shall bend, every heart will pound
I have made a new world, where the servant is the King
Oppression will be over, and the slave set free

Chorus

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