“Abe & Liza Philip are writing worship songs & hymns that are biblically thoughtful, gospel-rich, and accessible – a rare combination in any era! I’d love to see more churches benefit from their songs & their passion for God’s glory in Jesus Christ.”— Bob Kauflin, Director of Sovereign Grace Music
Learn more about the mission of Songs from Scripture below.
The quick version
Bringing together the power of Scripture and God's gift of music, these psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) were written to encourage and strengthen you. Centuries ago, Martin Luther said, “The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.” Because these songs are filled with the Word and point directly to the cross of Jesus, our prayer is that this music will be life-changing for you. May these songs and hymns inspire you to better know the Word, love the Word and sing the Word! (That's it. But scroll down if you want to learn more about this ministry!)
The (MUCH) LONGER VERSION
We live in perilous times. Global conflicts, nuclear threats, Christian persecution, militant Islamic extremism and aggressive secular atheism are all surging ahead in our day. But the challenges we face as Christians are not only outside the gates. (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
For many decades, there has been an acidic erosion and dismantling of the actual content of the Christian faith from a decidedly anti-supernatural perspective. This is especially seen in many scholars' rejection of the Resurrection as a historical fact and even denying the existence of a personal God who has spoken definitively in His Word. There is also the tragically popular, watered-down version of the faith that focuses on the material blessings of this passing world (personal peace, prosperity and comfort) as the highest good.
The Book of Psalms begins with incredible promises for all who order their lives around the Word. (You can hear our setting of Psalm 1 here). But the profound lack of basic familiarity with the Scriptures both within the Christian world and in the culture at large is more than obvious and heartbreaking (Amos 8:11). We are long past the terrible days of overheated religious passion and violence experienced in historical moments like the Thirty Years' War centuries ago. The pendulum in Western culture has now swung far to the other end. Thankfully, the story is much different in the non-Western world, but here all around us we see a widespread indifference and general apathy towards the things of God (Matthew 24:12). And if we're honest, that very same apathy is sometimes found very close to home - within our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9).
With all that is coming against Christians in our day from within and without, we need to know what we believe and why we believe it (1 Peter 3:15). But collecting facts about Christianity is not enough. According to Jesus in Luke 10:27, the first commandment to love God is not a generic feeling of warmth towards the Creator but a total devotion of heart, soul, strength and mind. This law cannot save us, only the Gospel can. Nevertheless, this first and greatest commandment, as Jesus described it, clearly expresses God's will for all mortals (Matthew 22:37 / Mark 12:30 / Luke 10:27).
Either we have a faith that deeply engages both head and heart or we have nothing. Sodium by itself is explosive and chlorine is a toxic gas. But together they form common table salt, essential for life itself. In the same way, a cold, sterile belief that merely assents to doctrinal propositions is already dead. A warm, vibrant, emotionally rich faith that is low on actual content (lacking deep knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology) is destined for eventual shipwreck when the storms of life inevitably come (Romans 10:2).
There is something unusual and truly amazing that sometimes happens when the eternal Word and melody combine. John Piper has written,“We have two great weapons in worship: the Word of God and song. So let us give heed to the Word of God and let us sing with all our heart." Abe personally experienced a profound return to a life of faith when God used a Scripture-saturated time of worship (Isaiah 55:11) to help break through his intellectualized defenses against the Christian faith. That decisive moment was the seed of this entire ministry.
We are convinced that songs deeply rooted in Scripture can help us bring our entire selves into a posture of fear, love and awe of the God who made us and the Word He has spoken. Writing songs and hymns with our Bibles open has truly been a life-changing experience for us.
WHY SONGS FROM SCRIPTURE?
Here's what we hope you and your church gain from this music and the "why" behind everything we write:
Songs and hymns from Scripture help us to better know the mind of God and love Him by meditating on His Word. What if a pastor were to stand behind a pulpit, tell some great stories, make you laugh but never spoke from the Word of God? Should the words we sing in church be any different? Just as Word-centered preaching is so critical to the health of a church, so is Word-centered singing. Songs from Scripture help us to meditate on the life-giving Word of God and even help commit it to memory. Joshua 1:8 / Psalm 119:11 / Mark 13:31
What we sing helps shape what we truly believe about God. Songs from the Bible help us learn to think and pray with the Scriptures that have guided the people of God for over 3,000 years. God has not revealed everything there is to know in this vast universe. But in His Word, the Lord has graciously revealed everything we need to know for life and salvation. As our hearts and minds are saturated with Scripture, it comforts us, challenges us and changes everything. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 / John 15:3 / John 17:17 / Isaiah 55:11
Songs from Scripture re-center our worship of God away from trite platitudes to the surprising, refreshing and deep honesty of God’s very words. Anger. Confusion. Lament. Disappointment. These emotions are a very real part of life and just as much a part of true worship as peaceful calm or joyful praise. The Bible welcomes rather than avoids difficult, uncomfortable questions and emotions. So should our songs and hymns. Psalm 10:1 / Lamentations 3:49-50
We treasure the hymns of past centuries for their faithful love and devotion to God's Word. But that same Word calls us, over and over, to "sing to the Lord a new song" (Psalm 33, 96, 98, 149, Isaiah 42:10). We don't often think about it, but in the end, even the greatest hymns of past centuries are valuable only as far as they are faithful to God’s Word. We believe the healthiest worship values both the ancient and modern, the old and the new, all rooted in the eternal Word that will never pass away. Matthew 13:52 / Psalm 89:1
But our ultimate focus is not on the letters filling the pages of our Bibles, though they are God’s own words [not worship of scripture]. The purpose of the written Word is to reveal the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, to whom the Bible is always pointing [worship from scripture].
The Gospel of Luke ends with Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, saying something extraordinary: that the Bible is all about Him and His finished work on the cross. Jesus unambiguously underscores the point by saying it twice in Luke 24: "...beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself," (v.27) and "...everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures...” (vv.44-45). John 5:39-40 / Colossians 2:2-3 / John 1:14
We don't go to Scripture simply to accumulate information but to meet a Person, our God and Savior Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27 / John 5:39 / Romans 3:21-22). The Bible didn't die on a cross for your sins. The Bible is not the Savior of the world. But the Word is still precious beyond all description because it was given by the Father (John 14:24), inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) and ever points us to Jesus who will bring all His own safely home at last.
Our guiding verses are Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, passages that encourage us to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" and "Be filled with the Spirit."
By singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
The words breathed out by God feed our hungry souls with real, soul-satisfying food that we can bank our lives on.
Sometimes in all the details and epic narrative of Scripture, we miss the forest for the trees: we are loved by a holy God and need to know it deep in our bones. It's His affection (not our great effort) that leads us to repentance and living each day we're given with gratitude and for His glory.
Jesus' disciple John referred to himself over and over (John 13,19,20,21) in the Gospel of John as “the one whom Jesus loves.” This is the new identity of every believer in Christ. God's love is not based on any good He finds in us, but simply in His free and indescribable kindness that we see most clearly in the Cross.
We hope these songs inspire you to dive deeper into Scripture for yourself and that you are always refreshed in the good news of God's undeserved kindness to us in Jesus Christ.
Every line of these songs and hymns draw from the riches of the Holy Bible (but not always in a word-for-word approach). Some of our most used hymns in churches include "O Teach My Heart to Love Your Word," "My Savior's Love is Greater Still," "You are Glorious" and "There is a Place." We hope you're blessed as you listen and glad you made it to the end of this page!
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