Hymnody or music written to aid Christians in corporate worship is one of the more accurate indicators of the church's theological and doctrinal health in a given era. In that light we live in an anemic time.
Most modern "worship" music is exceptionally man-centered (I, I, I...me, me, me), tragically non-Trinitarian, doctrinally trite, based more on what it evokes emotionally than how it stimulates lofty thoughts of God (not that emotions and intellect are mutually exclusive, they're not), and very often is coupled with music that is geared toward a soloist and not helpful for congregational singing. I predict very few of the modern church's songs will make it to the next generation of the church's worship, as a whole we are not living in profound days doctrinally.
Above is a song that I believe stands against most of the modern tide. For this era, "In Christ Alone" is very good. While it suffers from the modern flaw of being written for a soloist first (hence it's a touch "me" heavy...but I'm not dissin'), it is of such quality that it can be sung congregationally as well. We sing it Sunday nights during a more informal time of worship. Maybe someday in morning worship? Better than Fanny Crosby, that's for sure....ha ha!
Most importantly the lyrics are profoundly biblical. There are more "rousing" versions of the song to be found however I picked the above version because it is sung very modestly by the wife of the song's writer, Kristyn Getty (to be fair, Keith Getty co-wrote the song with Stuart Townend). I like this simple version.
I have decided to take a line from the song for my sermon this Easter Sunday. The title of my "Easter" sermon will be "No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death". These are biblical truths that have inspired this song and my upcoming sermon. Listen to the song while reading the lyrics. I trust it will bless you.
"In Christ Alone" Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music
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.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,Fullness of God in helpless babe!This gift of love and righteousness,Scorned by the ones He came to save.Till on that cross as Jesus died,The wrath of God was satisfied;For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—Here in the death of Christ I live.
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.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—This is the pow'r of Christ in me;From life's first cry to final breath,Jesus commands my destiny.No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,Can ever pluck me from His hand;Till He returns or calls me home—Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.