Nigerian Praise and Worship Songs

Oleh: Tom
December 23, 2009

Praise and worship can be described as the humble response of renew human beings to the self-disclosure of the Most High God. Praise and worship songs are based upon the works and word of God, and are hence achieved through the mighty activities of God. Historically, praise and worship songs have always formed an integral part on the idea of worship, probably because of the ease with which these songs provide in expressing the worshipper’s deepest love and adoration to the highest God.

Nigerian Praise and Worship songs are one of a kind, which are sung either in the local languages or in English. It is not uncommon to find different interpretations of English praise and worship songs into Local Nigerian languages. This gives worshipers, who each have different moods, a wide range to express themselves in adoration, praise, pray, and reverence.

The praise and worship songs provide a unique way for worshippers to confess to the Lord as well as respond to his mighty Glory in a language they understand better. In other cases, Nigerian praise and worship songs provide a unique way in which the congregation is better able to understand and interpret the word of God. Particularly, Praise and worship songs enhance the most crucial elements of praise and worship – reading the word of God, the Holy Communion sacrament, and the Sermon.

Praise and worship songs also prepare the worshipper to receive the profuse grace and abundant Blessings from God. Going through the lyrics of Nigerian Praise and Worship songs you will discover that the lyrics are quiet simple. Nigerians don’t make their songs theological and too fancy; instead, they just target simple biblical truths in the native language or in English. Some examples of Nigerian Praise and Worship songs, which have been translated into the local languages for easy praise and worship, are:

Oh, What A Wonderful, Wonderful Day

Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day,

A day I will never forget,

After I’d wandered in darkness away,

Jesus my Saviour I met.

Oh what a tender compassionate friend,

He met the needs of my heart

Shadows dispelling, with joy I am telling

He made all the darkness depart.

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul

When at the cross, my Saviour made me whole

My sins were washed away, and my night was turned to day

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul (3x)

And That My Soul Knows Very Well

You make your face to shine on me

And that my soul knows very well

You lift me up, I’m cleansed and free

And that my soul knows very well

(Chorus:)

When mountains fall, I’ll stand

By the power of Your hand

And in Your Heart of Hearts I’ll dwell

And that my soul knows very well

(Repeat chorus)

Joy and strength each day I find

And that my soul knows very well

Forgiveness, hope, joy is mine

And that my soul knows very well

(Chorus:)

When mountains fall, I’ll stand

By the power of Your hand

And in Your Heart of Hearts I’ll dwell

And that my soul knows very well

(Repeat chorus)

Arise

For You are good

Your love endures forever

And we rejoice in Your unfailing love

Consume our praise with fire down from heaven

And fill us with Your power from above

Arise, arise, arise

Oh Lord our God, arise

Arise oh Lord within our midst

As we declare Your righteousness

Lift up the name that we confess

As we proclaim Your holiness

Arise, arise, arise

Oh Lord (oh Lord)

Our God (our God)

Arise

Salvation comes from You alone

Oh Lamb of God, the chosen one

That we might be Your resting place

We worship You, we seek Your face

Arise, arise, arise

Oh Lord (oh Lord)

Our God (our God)

Arise

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