Let There Be Light

“Let there be light,” the Maker speaks
And darkness runs away
The morn is new as grace descends
Benighted heart sees day

The faintest gleam of Gospel truth
Outshines man’s brightest light
Though shadow-dimmed, it strikes the dark
From blindness, grants new sight

What gladness fills the joyful eye
As dawn of mercy breaks
From deathly slumber unto life
The ransomed soul awakes

The oil burned in heaven’s lamp
Which cut sin’s black night thick
Flowed freely from the Savior’s veins
Himself, the fired wick

Yea, trimmed and soaked, the off’ring lit
By heat of holy wrath:
The perfect sacrifice aflame
Reveals the righteous path

The pilgrim treads on glowing ground
For Christ in radiance beamed
Illuminating Heaven’s way
To all who stand redeemed

The light cast from the Savior’s face
Who purchased life to give
Lets mortals God’s great glory know
To look upon, and live

And on that visage few may find
The born-again shall gaze
Once lost and darksome, now alight
Beheld for endless days

So blazes Life amidst the gloom
To bless the former cursed
The Grave is sting-less, Death is dead
And darkness now dispersed

Ryan Cornett, 2022
(Based on 2 Corinthians 4:6 and sundry passages of the Holy Bible)

O God, Arise to Do Your Will

S1
O God, arise to do your will
Put all your foes to shame
Raise up Your servant-warriors
The Gospel to proclaim
Establish all the holy ones
By Jesus, clothed in white
Delivered from the dark domain (Colossians 1:13)
Now heirs and saints in light (Colossians 1:12)

As stars by Your decree burn bright
And summer flow’rs you dress
May we, Your church, in darkness shine
Adorned with righteousness
S2
Bring peace within our borders, Lord (Psalm 147:14)
The wicked, cast them low (Psalm 147:6)
Tread down the serpent where our feet (Romans 16:20)
In mission boldly go
Oppose the rulers of this world (Ephesians 6:12)
Their power overwhelm
Call forth those in Your covenant
To plunder Satan’s realm

Upheld by Your almighty hand
Your saving grace to tell
With You we shall do valiantly
Your people shall prevail
S3
Sent out as lambs amidst the wolves (Luke 10:3)
Yet, in Your hand we trust
That all rebellious hearts shall know
In all things, You are just
Though adversaries rise, Your Kingdom
They may never shake
For God the Son has won a Bride
His love shall not forsake

Though nations rage, with confidence
We make this bold address:
“O God, arise to do Your will
And reign in righteousness!”

From Death to Life

V1
Between the wrath of God and me
Once stood His Son, my shield
He, in my stead on Calvary
Bore ev'ry blow my sin would yield 

V2
Such sacrifice: a crimson flood
For hopeless sinners spilled
By this dear fount, His precious blood
The work is done, the law fulfilled
C
But for His love and might to save
Lost, I would perish in the strife
My sin had plunged me to the grave
In Christ I'm raised from death to life
V3
As barren bones in desserts dry
I'd naught but death within
Yet life's own Maker, born to die
Exchanged His righteousness for sin

V4
Because the great, immortal King
In mortals' place was slain
This song of hope, I now may sing:
"To live is Christ; to die is gain!"

To Glory, Spring

Progeny of fall, dying toil
Beneath each day’s more sunlit skies
A kernel lone within the soil
Unless it dies; unless it dies

Frost, winter ground and coat has burst
Tomb and linen strips have faltered
The root must plunge in effort first
Further downward; further downward

What life warmth doth now awaken!
From Firstfruit’s death and crimson earth
Rises that sweet yield of heaven
The second birth; the second birth

In heat of day, dry winds are spun
With worm upon and thorn beside
Yet brightly shines the giving sun
To eventide; to eventide

And in the storm, this Providence:
Drink of rain and nourishing flood
Pest washed away, day-fire relents
From trial, good; from trial, good

My body, seed, shall root where pressed
And work until bloom of blessing
From the grave, I, my Lord’s harvest
To Glory, spring; to Glory, spring

Ryan Cornett, 2022

I Will Rest

V1
Are you not good? Do I not have your favor?
Is all my hope in vain that I have such a Savior:
A Lord who’s near, near to the brokenhearted
Who hears the righteous cry and saves the crushed in Spirit?
When all other ground gives way
Still my breaking voice will say

C
I will rest on who You are
For who You are is sure
Eternal and Unchanging One
Your promises endure
When all I have is this
On who You are, God, I will rest

V2
Should I have doubt? My faith is greatly shaken
My feet can scarcely stand on Christ, the sure foundation
In my own strength, I’d fall in but a moment
So hold fast to me now for, Jesus, I am broken
When all other ground gives way
Though this weary heart you slay

V3
Are you not love? Do you not have compassion
Are you not moved that I, your child, feel so abandoned?
I know you hear; I am not lost in silence
In my heart hides your Word, a well of deep assurance
When all other ground gives way
You remain my hope and stay

Follow Me

V1
Lord above all mere existence
Condescended King who crossed
That impassable sin-distance
To restore what man had lost
Christ departed Heaven’s glory
When my heart would ever roam
To fulfill redemption’s story
And to bring this wand’rer home

C
The Lamb and Lion of the tribe of Judah
Went to the cross and won the victory
I cannot keep from singing, “Hallelujah!”
His sacrifice and triumph set me free
So, I will heed His call: “Follow me”

V2
My companion on this journey
To the Sovereign’s holy throne:
My High Priest, has gone before me
Not a step I walk alone
When the passage leads through valleys
In this dark and weary land
This His promise: never shall these
Separate me from His hand

V3
All the days of my sojourning
He shall lead me t’ward the goal
Through my wavering and turning
For His praise, preserves my soul
Until death, that final portal
I traverse the trail He blazed
What assurance mine! Though mortal
Unto life I shall be raised

B
From the grave to glory
From the tomb to triumph
From the darkness to the dawn
I’ll follow Christ who bids me come

My Help and My Hope

V1
My Help and my Hope: high above, ever near 
Unto Your servant incline now Your ear 
Though fleeting this breath You have given to me 
Poured out like water, a drop in the sea 

Yes brief are my days, but Yours without end 
Still my voice You hear; to my cry You attend 
What wonderful joy! What marvelous peace! 
Your aid shall not fail me, Your grace never cease
V2
O, be my salvation, my ark on the wave 
When storms of sin would sink me to the grave 
For darkness appears and the clouds hasten night 
Fix my eyes firmly on Your dawning light 

If not for the Lamb, torn that I be whole 
The thorn of the curse would lie cut through my soul 
What favor abounds! What riches untold! 
Yourself, my possession; Your Word mine to hold
V3
What debt must be settled? What more could You give? 
Love’s work is finished; by death now I live 
So plant me to grow and then prune me to bear 
In Christ abiding, upheld by Your care 

To stranger and kin will I testify– 
Till all breath is spent and to my gain I die– 
That You hear and have regarded my plea 
My Help and my Hope You forever shall be

No Other Name Under Heaven

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No Other Name Under Heaven

V1
No other name under heaven 1
Lifts up the sin-cursed soul
As God raised Him, He raises us 2
With Christ, the Cornerstone 3

V2
No other name under heaven
Stands firm, a tower strong 4
With feet of faith, the righteous run
In Christ, the Cornerstone

C
“Alleluia, alleluia!”
All who thirst no more, sing forever
From the Solid Rock, salvation flows 5
O, there’s no other name under heaven

V3
No other name under heaven
Remains when all else folds 6
Though earth may fall, secure we stand
On Christ, the Cornerstone

V4
No other name under heaven 7
Above all names is known
Confess, all tongues! Bow, ev’ry knee
To Christ, the Cornerstone!

“as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Romans‬ ‭9:33‬ ‭ESV

1 Acts 4:10-13
2 Romans 4:24-25 & 8:11; 2 Corinthians 4:14
3 Ephesians 2:20
4 Proverbs 18:10
5 Exodus 17:6, 1 Corinthians 10:4
6 Isaiah 28:16
7 Philippians 2:9-11

Praise the Lord All Nations (Psalm 117)

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Lyrics derived from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Original Hymn: Born That We Might Be Born Again

Feel free to sing this hymn in your church without changes, addition, or omission. Let me know all about it in the comments or via message here or on social media.

SHEET MUSIC

Born That We Might Be Born Again | Words & Music: Ryan Cornett

Not to kings nor to princes did heralds appear
Proclaiming God has come to dwell with us here
But that host, to the lowly declared Heaven’s grace
“Good news and greatest joy to all Adam’s race!”

Refrain
Born is a King, Son of God, and Son of Man
“Glory!” we sing, come to Earth is Heaven’s Lamb
God Himself has provided the off’ring for sin
His child is born that we might be born again

How the dark must have fled from the angelic light
O, but their tidings far exceeded the sight!
Never heard was a message so glori’ous and true:
“Christ, Lord and Savior, has this day come to you”

Lo, the shepherds departed with haste ever swift
Seeking the greater wonder of Heaven’s gift
So may we run to Jesus, then tell of His birth:
“God in the highest brought to us peace on earth!”