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God's Lyrics

Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs

Direct Price: $15.99 $12.00
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781596381728
Publication Date 05/04/10

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Are all the songs found in the Old Testament applicable to contemporary Christian worship? God's Lyrics answers with a resounding "yes!"

Douglas O’Donnell draws out the historical, exegetical, and theological significance of the songs of Moses, Deborah, Hannah, David, and Habakkuk. He then shows, in the light of the person and work of Jesus Christ, how the lyrics of God’s Word apply to contemporary congregational singing.

God’s Lyrics offers both a corrective and a call—a corrective to sing of Christ from the Psalms, the Law and the Prophets, and a call to use the whole counsel of God in worshiping him.

The new hymns and music provided for each biblical text encourage pastors, lyricists, and church musicians to reengage with these ageless songs and their timeless themes. Arrangements of these new hymns can be downloaded below.


"Doug O’Donnell has carefully and caringly unpacked the treasury of Scripture’s songs and provided a rich resource."

—Niel Nielson

“This book is unique: it combines the careful exposition of God’s Word with creative work in hymnody. It will be appreciated by pastors, musicians, and everyone else who loves to worship God in the biblical way.”

—Philip Graham Ryken

"For the Christian who has become a bit numb to the grand realities of God’s saving acts recorded in the Bible, Doug O’Donnell’s prescription is a healthy dose of the songs of Scripture. This book makes great medicine!"

—Greg Wheatley


The Author

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Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Douglas Sean O’Donnell (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the senior vice president of Bible publishing at Crossway. He has authored or edited over a dozen books, including God's Lyrics, as well as commentaries on Matthew's Gospel, the Song of Songs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and 1–3 John.