This past Saturday I attended an ultreya. If you’re not familiar with this term, you can go to my previous post Persevere Upward. At an ultreya there is fellowship among those who have attended a Lutheran Via de Cristo retreat weekend, and normally LOTS of singing. One of the songs we sang on Saturday has been in my head ever since — Lord I Lift Your Name on High.
This song is the best known work of composer Rick Founds, and from 1997-2003, the most used song in American churches. Founds reports that on a particular day, during his devotional time, God impressed upon his heart the cyclic nature of Christ’s redemptive work. He came from heaven to earth to show us the way to his Father. He journeyed from the cross to the grave, paying our debt to God in full. Then he rose from the dead and went back to heaven, completing the cycle of salvation. Rick picked up his guitar and the song came very quickly.
“Let them praise the name of the Lord:
for His name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.”
You’ve probably heard it before (it’s been orbiting the world for a while now), but like me, you’ll enjoy it again. It’s certainly appropriate for the Thanksgiving season!