Although John Newton is mostly known for penning the words to “Amazing Grace”, he was a prolific and deeply theological writer. His understanding of the gospel was something that moved him and flowed through his pen in words of praise. He truly believed that he owed all his hope and joy “to His birth and cross and shame.” On Christmas morning we were blessed to have Audrey Waddell and Cole Strehlow sing for us a text written by John Newton in 1779 that Cole had put to music this past year (along with adding some lyrics). Following that service, Logan Blackburn was willing to have several people come to his home to record the song so we could give it away. We hope that it will be blessing and help you to meditate on God’s gracious provision of Christ as a substitute to take the punishment for those who repent and believe (2 Corinthians 5:21). You can listen to Praise for the Incarnation below and download it as well. You can also download the zip package with the mp3, chord chart and lead sheet.
Praise for the Incarnation Words by John Newton (1779) Music & Additional Words by Cole Strehlow (2011) 1. Sweeter sounds than music knows Charm me in Emmanuel’s name All her hopes my spirit owes To his birth and cross and shame 2. When he came the angels sung “Glory be to God on high!” Lord unloose my stammering tongue Who should louder sing than I? Chorus: Here desire of nations born Counselor! Most wonderful Come that his own flesh be torn Won for us our joys untold 3. Did the Lord a man become That he might the law fulfill Bleed and suffer in my room And canst thou my tongue be still? 4. No I must my praises bring Though worthless are and weak For should I refuse to sing Sure the very stones would speak! Final Chorus: Oh my Savior, Shield, and Sun Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend Every precious name in one I will love thee without end! © 2011 Cole StrehlowRecording – Logan Blackburn Vocals – Audrey Waddell and Cole Strehlow Guitars – Cole Strehlow and JD Summers Bass – Mike Summers Percussion – Ben Summers and JD Summers Artwork – Phillip Palmer