Listen at Easter: Getty and Townsend, “In Christ Alone”

folded graveclothes in the empty tomb

 

The tune from Billings’s “Easter Anthem,” my last Easter post, could have been whistled by delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention after a hard day of negotiating. I decided we ought to try a 21st-century tune for our next piece, and found “In Christ Alone,” with music by Keith Getty and lyrics by Stuart Townsend, both British musicians.

It’s been performed a lot since its debut in 2001; I liked an acoustic performance by Lauren Daigle, a singer/songwriter from Louisiana.

 

 

The complete song includes more than these verses, but here’s the version you just heard:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

Oh-oh…

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Oh, 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

Oh-oh…

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Oh, Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

 

For the next Easter post we’re headed back about 500 years. Stay tuned!

 

Lauren Daigle

 

[Images: crossexamined.org, billboard.com]

 

 

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