Behind the Music

This Sunday, we are singing one of my favorite modern hymns All I Have is Christ. Why do I call it a hymn rather than a modern worship song? Well, I am glad you asked! The terminology is all about the meter in which the hymn is written. In this case, it is specifically about the "Common Meter Double". Meaning, the first line has eight syllables and the second line has six syllables. This pattern continues throughout each stanza. 

Yet the reason this hymn is my favorite is not just because of the easily singable metered text. This hymn is the beautiful gospel story that Jordan Kauflin, son of Bob Kauflin, creates in the stanzas of the hymn. My two favorite lines are at the beginning of the second stanza: but as I ran my hell-bound race, indifferent to the cost. Kauflin deftly points out our own pursuit towards hell and our indifference to God's love that is ultimately displayed through the cross of Christ. The entire hymn is laced with these thought provoking images. Check out the full stanza below:  

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Set List for 5.24.15