JP wrote in to ask, “I enjoyed your blog on ‘What Christmas Songs Do You Use?’ With April fast approaching, could you please post a similar list for Easter?”
I polled some of the other guys who serve in some of the Sovereign Grace churches, and this is a tentative list. I’ve left off some of the more obvious ones like “Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today.” I’ve included songs that focus exclusively on the resurrection, as well as those that reference it at some point.
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Including the verse:
Crown Him the Lord of life who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save
His glories now we sing who died and rose on high
Who died eternal live to bring and lives that death may die.
See What A Morning
From the Church of Christ the King CD “Passion for God’s Son”
Worship Christ the Risen King
Words by Jack Hayford, sung to the melody of Angels from the Realms of Glory (#286 in the Trinity Hymnal)
A sample verse:
Rise, O church, and lift your voices, Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices; resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the risen King!
In Christ Alone
by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty
There in the ground His body lay, Light of the World by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ
Beautiful Savior (All My Days)
By Stuart Townend
The chorus includes these words:
You’re the risen One, heaven’s champion
And You reign, You reign over all
Lost in Wonder
By Martin Layzell from the CD of the same name
Up from the grave victorious
You rose again so glorious
You Led Me to the Cross
By Matt Redman
The second verse focuses on the resurrection.
You are My King
By Billy Foote
Before the Throne of God Above
(Words by Charitie Bancroft, Music by Vikki Cook)
Verse 3 begins:
Behold Him there! The Risen Lamb, My perfect, spotless Righteousness
Before There was Time
From the Caedmon’s Call CD The Company of Angels
The bridge includes the words:
You saved me, You raised me
You saved me, You pulled me from the grave
Behold the Lamb
By Mark Altrogge
From the Sovereign Grace CD King of Grace
Hallelujah What a Savior
Updated on my hymns project, Upward.
Here is the Risen Son
From the Phatfish CD We Know the Story
How Great You Are
From Will Pavone’s CD For Your Name
That’s my list. Feel free to leave a comment to let us know about other songs you’ve found help for celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. If they might be difficult to find, let us know a source as well.
Update: I posted another list here of Sovereign Grace songs that can be used for Passion Week and Easter Sunday.