Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)



You Are Love


The beautiful and familiar words of 1 Corinthians 13 hold before us a standard of love that we cannot help but fall short of.  The only one who does measure up to this picture of love is Jesus.  In fact, we could say that these words are a description of His character.  We cannot attain to this love, but Christ in us can.  In his love, he forgives us, and by His Spirit, he begins the process of transforming us into his image.   This song depicts looking to Christ as not only this model of love, but also the power and strength to love.

This song is not intended to be a congregational praise song.  It is offered as a solo piece or special musical offering on the theme of love.   It flows not only out of 1 Corinthians 13, but also out of my own experience falling short of the mark, and relying on Christ's strength in my weakness.

Bible Verse:

1 Corinthians 13:1-8, Romans 5:8


Love of God, Cross of Christ, Fellowship, Life in Christ, Renewal, Repentance, Sanctification



Verse 1
Never had to work that hard for any class.
I could always find a way so that I’d pass.
I could conquer any quest.
If I just put forth my best,
I could master any test.

But now I realize I’m really not that smart.
I’ve got a failing grade that’s marked upon my heart.
Whenever push gives way to shove,
Seems I always fall short of
What I know is true of love.

Chorus 1
Love is patient, love is kind
Love forgiving all the time
Never envies, never boasts
Seeking others needs the most
Slow to anger, never rude
Shunning evil, clings to truth
Hopes and trusts in You above
For You are love.

Verse 2
When I try to love the way that You love me
I’m betrayed by my own weak humanity.
Then I’m diving in headfirst,
Try my best, and do my worst,
Always putting myself first.

I don’t need more information for my head.
What I need is more of You in me instead.
It’s not about what I can do.
Only You can make me new
Oh Lord, what I need is you.

Chorus 2
Your love is patient, love is kind
Your love forgiving all the time
Never envies, never boasts
Seeking others needs the most
You’re slow to anger, never rude
Shunning evil, clings to truth
I Hope and trust in You above
For You are love.

Oh, how can it be, This blessed mystery,
That you still love me eternally?
Oh Lord, let it be, The Love of Calvary,
Planted within me.

Chorus 3
Counting everything a loss
Except Your Love upon the Cross
Alive again out of the grave
Your ever-living love to save
Sending me your Holy Dove
Filling me with Holy Love
This is life from You above
For You are Love.
For You are Love. 





Lyrics (doc)

Lyrics (pdf)


Lead Sheet



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