Poetry Lesson 6 Terza Rima









Terza Rima .  This form of poem has an 
eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, ded, ee.

 (Terza Rima Sonnet):

Pick a theme you are comfortable with.  The theme here is giving glory to God or Christian living.
Watch out for the rhyme pattern end with words with rhymes you can repeat and in keeping with your theme.


New creature, Shine as a City on a Hill

New creature, shine as a city on a hill

Giving to Him all glory, honour and praise

Eat His word; make it your home and your fill


Child of God, give Him pleasure all of your days

Christian, train to reign with the Master Saviour

At all times, let your life an anthem raise


Commune with Him who is your Intercessor

Who daily pleads your case with God Almighty;

Who took away your sins and is your doctor


He a good God, God of integrity

Forever the same, abundant in goodness

Beautiful beyond compare, great in mercy


Unceasing to you is His loving kindness

Just keep living for Him as a good witness.


©Fenny West

Self-assessment exercise

Apply yourself

For each of theses songs:

Jesus, Jesus, I Come

(Jn.14:6; Isa.1:18,-55:1-3; Mtt11:28-30)

Jesus, Jesus

You are the Way,

You are the Truth,

The Way, the Truth and the Life.


Jesus, Jesus,

I come this day,

I come this day

I come this day to You


Undivided Heart (Ps. 42:1-2)

As the dear pants for water,

So my soul longs for You.

As the dry land is thirsty for water,

So my soul thirsts for You.


CH: Give me O Lord,

an undivided heart

a heart after Your own heart X2

As a faithful dog

looks to his master

so my soul looks to You.


As a faithful wife

looks to her husband,

so my soul looks to You.




Holy Father, My God

Holy Father my God

Righteous Father my all.

Great I Am my Maker,

I worship You.

For You are my God.

For the are my all.

Holy Father my God

I worship.


O Lord Jesus, my Saviour.

Lamb of God my Ransom.

Prince of Peace my peace.

I worship You.

For You are my God.

For You are my all.

O Lord Jesus my Saviour.

I worship You.


Holy Spirit, Comforter.

Counsellor, Strengthener.

My Standby, my Guide.

I worship You.

For You are my God.

For You are my all.

Holy Spirit, Comforter.

I worship You.


Pre-eminent One



Speak/Sing:(Excellent One!

The most High!

Number One in my life.

The Head of the Church.

The first and the Last.

The Alpha and the Omega.)

Pre-eminent One.

First Born from the dead.

First Born of all creation.

Head of the Church.

You are in every thing.

And through You

all things hold together.

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Pre-eminent one.

You take first place,

You are all and in all.

(Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty).X2


Through You all things were made-

In heaven and earth below;

Be they thrones dominions or rulers.

Before all things You were,

The Beginning and the End;

The Alpha and the Omega.



You’re number One.

You’re number One.

In my life

Pre-eminent One.

You take first place.

You are all and in all



You Are Worthy

You are worthy

You are holy

Glory be to You my God.

You are worthy

You are holy

Glory be to You my God

Ch: You are my all;

My all in all.

You are the centre of my life.

Nothing compares to You my dear.

You are my all in all.


You are gracious

You are precious

Righteous in all Your ways

You are glorious


And victorious

Bounteous in all Your ways.

You are faithful

and merciful


Powerful are You my God.

You are wonderful

And beautiful

Fearful in praises my God.

You are awesome

My ransom

Whole are in all your ways



I Will Come To You


I will come to You, O Holy One.

I will come to You my love.

I will come to You, O Righteous One.

I will soar to You like a dove.


I will lift my voice in worship.

I will lift my hands in praise.

O Lord, I love this fellowship.

I will praise You all my days.



Christ is Alive!

(Lk.24:1-7; Jn.20:1-10; Mk16:1-8; Rev.1:18)


Exhort: “Behold he that was dead, is alive forever! Jesus Christ—the Son of

the Living God!”

Christ is alive!

He’s risen!

Christ is alive,

alive for ever more

Death could not hold the king,

the king of kings.

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Christ is alive,

He’s risen

As he’s alive,

so we’ll live.

As he’s alive,

we’ll live for ever more.

We were raised with Him to live for ever more.

As He’s alive.

So we’ll live.



He’ alive! alive forever more.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!—the resurrection and the life.! He rose up

triumphant—truly the Lord of Glory.

The grave could no hold my King, your King. The stone was rolled away

and the King of kings came forth. Mtt.28:1-6

The angel said,” Look not for the living among the dead. He is not there

He’s is risen just as He said.” He is now seated at the right hand of the

Father as my attorney, and advocate, interceding for you and I.(1Jn2:1;


And because He’s alive, you and I can live also. For when He was crucified,

we were crucified with Him, when He died, we died with Him buried

Him, and raised together with Him. We are now seated with Him inn

heavenly places—far above principalities and powers and dominions.

Alleluia! (Gal:2:20,Ephe.2:6)



Great and Marvelous

Great and marvelous are Your works.

O Lord, God Almighty.

Just and true are Your ways, O Lord.

Who shall not fear You,

and glorify Your holy Name

Great and marvelous are Your works O Lord.


Ch: For You only are holy.

For all nations shall come

and worship before You.

Great and marvelous are your works,

O Lord God Almighty,

Just and true are Your ways O Lord.


For Yours alone is the greatness,

The dominion, majesty

Even wisdom, and power forever.

You spoke the word and the heavens were made

You spoke the word and the earth was made.

For Yours alone, O Lord is the greatness.



Who’s like unto You O Lord?

What god is like our God?

Who is the same forever and ever

So long as I have my breath,

I shall declare the works of my God.

Who’s like unto You O Lord.



1Praise the Lord (1) Ps.150

Praise the Lord

Praise God in His sanctuary,

Praise Him in His mighty heavens,

Praise Him in for His acts of power.


Praise Him for His greatness,

Surpassing greatness,

Praise Him with a loud trumpet,

Praise Him with a harp and lyre.


Praise him with the tambourine,

Praise Him with a dance,

Praise Him with the string,

Praise Him with the flute.


Praise Him with the cymbal,

Resounding cymbal,

Let everything that has breath,

Praise the Lord.


God of Creation!

God of Creation, strength of my life.

Great Revelation, source of my life.

My devotion I give to You.

Adoration I give to You.


Ch: God of Creation, Great Revelation.

To You I give adoration.

God of Creation, strength of my life.

To You I give adoration.


O king of Glory, song of my life.

O Lord of Glory, love of my life.

My devotion I give to You.

Adoration I give to You.


O God of Abraham, life of my life.

O Great I Am, key to my life.

My devotion I give to You.

Adoration I give to You.


You are the Lord (Ex.34:6)

You are the Lord,

The Lord God,

merciful and gracious,

longsuffering and abundant

in goodness and truth.


In Him, in Him I am a conqueror

In Him, in Him I ‘m an overcomer

In Him, in Him I am a winner


In him I am well-covered

In him I am well-supplied

In him I am well-equipped


In him, in him , in Him I’m blessed and not cursed

. . . my weakness is made perfect



Come Holy Wind

Come Holy Wind.

I want to know Your Mind.

Keep me from chasing the wind.

Help me Your truth to find.


Come Holy Wind.

Bind my mind to Your Mind.

Make me the Jesus-kind.

Please never leave me behind.


Come Holy Wind

Teach me faith the God-kind.

Teach me to follow Your Wind.

O make my feet like the Hind’s


Come Holy Wind

With You I want to dine.

I thirst for the Holy Wine.

Holy Wine from the Vine.


Come Holy Wind.

Teach me to mind my mind

Teach me to guard my mind.

May Your good You find in my mind.


Come Holy Wind.

Keep me from a froward mind.

May Your glory in me You find;

Your word my mind fully lined.


Come Holy Wind.

Teach me Your treasure to mine.

Teach me Your glorious mind

in no good lacking behind.




Speak V1 & 2

My Child pay attention to what I say.

Listen closely to My word.

Dot not let them out of your sight.

Keep them within your heart;

They are life to those who find them.

And health to ones whole body.



Above all else, guard, guard well your heart.

For it is the well, (well) spring of life.

Put away perversity from your mouth;

Keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Let your eyes look, look straight ahead.

(Fix your gaze directly before you.)


Harm. interlude

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn ,

Shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness.

They do not know what makes them stumble.

Fix your gaze directly before you.

Make level paths for your feet.

V1& V2

To end

My Child pay attention to what I say

(Make Level Paths for your feet) xx after each line

my child, my child, my child . . . .

harm to end



The Just shall live by faith

The just shall live by faith

The just shall live by faith


For the things that are seen

Are passing away

The just shall live by faith.



We walk by faith, not sight

We walk by faith, not sight

For the things that are seen

Are fleeting, transient

The just shall live by faith.

The unseen shaped the seen

The unseen shaped the seen

For the things that are see

Are temporary

The just shall live by faith.

I Believe to See


The world sees to believe,

But I believe to see.


For my faith does not rest in the wisdom of men,

But in the power of God

For I know whom I believe,

So I receive to see.

My title deed is God’s word

And He stands by His word.

My God is all-powerful,

And He’s ever faithful.

The unseen shaped the seen,

And more real than the seen.

The seen is transient,

But the unseen permanent.

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Oaks of Righteousness Will Stand

The oaks of righteousness,

Shall stand in the fierce wind.

Through His great faithfulness,

Abounding grace they will find.

They will grow tall and strong,

Like cedars of Lebanon.

At night they’ll have a song,

To cheer those that mourn.

His Word their nourishment;

His Spirit their comfort;

His love so permanent;

Fiery darts come to naught.

They are the trees of the Lord;

His treasured possession.

They are watered by the Lord.

In famine or recession.

They will always flourish

Bearing fruit abundant.

They will never perish.

But have life abundant.

Jesus, is my Friend

Jesus is my Friend

My Friend to the end.

Jesus is my Friend,

And I love Him.

I will obey what He says;

To watch and pray come what may;

I will obey what He says,

’Cos I love Him.

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He’s Coming!

He is Coming! (1Thes.4:16-18, Rev.4:1,10,11,-3:10; 1Cor.15:50-58)

The Lord Himself

Will come down

From heaven

With a loud command;

With voice of an arch-angel

With the trumpet call of God.

And the dead in Christ

Will rise first

And those still alive in Him

Will be caught up with them

In the air

So we will be forever.

In a twinkling of an eye,

We’ll all be changed

At the last trumpet.

It will happen in a flash.

The dead will be

raise imperishable

mortality clothe

with immortality

that sown in dishonour

raised in glory

that sown in weakness

raised in power

that sown in the natural body

(will be) in the spiritual body.


Then the saying will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.X2 In victory!

Where O death is your victory,

Where O grave is your sting?”

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The King is coming-

The King of kings.

Are your ready for Him?

(He’s coming in power,

Coming in glory ) X2

Great glory.

Great power.


He’s coming,

Coming in power,

Coming in great glory.

Are you ready for Him?

He’s coming,

For His own,

For His Body;

Are you ready for Him?.

Fill Me From Top to Bottom

Key D-E

Fill me from top to bottom

with all of You. X2

That my mouth will speak Your words;

and my mind think Your thoughts.

Fill me from top to bottom

With all of You.


That my hands will reach out as Yours;

And feet going where You please.

Fill me . . . .

Change of Key to E

That my eyes will see as You see.

And my ears hear what you hear.

Fill me..

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That my will, will be to do Your will.

And my heart longing after You .Fill me

I Will Call On Your Name

I will call on Your Name,

The name above all names.

I will call on You Name

The Name ever the same.


I will call on Your Name,

I will call on Your Name,

I will call on Your Name O Lord.

I will a call on Your Name,

Name stronger the grave.

I will call on Your Name,

The Name that You gave.


I will call on Your Name

The Name that lifted me.

I will call on Your Name,

The Name that sets free.


I will call on Your name

 the greatest Name of all.

I will call on Your Name,

The sweetest Name of all.


Come Comforter Acts 2:1-4,

Joel2:28-32, Eph.5:18, Jn.7:37-39

Exhort: “And it shall come to pass, afterwards that I will pour out My Spirit

upon all people;

And your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions,

your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon your hand maidens shall I pour

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out My Spirit. The sun will be darkened and the moon turned into blood. There

shall be billows of smoke before that great and majestic Day of the Lord.

Jesus said, “If you love Me , keep My commandments and I will pray the

Father , and He shall give you another Comfort—The Holy Spirit and He shall

remain with you for ever”.

Lord Jesus, when You were leaving,

We felt we’ll be so lonely,

And we prayed that You stay behind,

But You promised the Holy Ghost.

(Come Holy Spirit)


Come Holy Spirit;

Come Comforter.

Come Holy Spirit;

Come Comforter.


On the day of Pentecost,

You came in might and power.

O Lord let the fires burn again,

Come Comforter.

(Come Holy Spirit)



Lord Jesus, as the days get darker,

The more we need the Holy Ghost.

Lord in these closing days of time,

Let the Holy Ghost come pouring.

(Come Holy Spirit)


Lord, we are up against

The principalities and powers;

But Lord through Your Holy Ghost,

We’ll surely overcome.


(Come Holy Spirit)



Pour On us a New Anointing


Pour on us a new anointing,

The power of the Holy Ghost O Lord.

Pour on us a new anointing,

To finish the work You gave to us.


Ignite your fire in us,

Burn off the dross in us, O Lord.

Pour on us a new anointing,

To finish the work You gave to us.


Lord make our feet like the hind’s

To thread on high places, O Lord.

Pour on us a new anointing ,

to finish the work You gave to us.


Renew our strength like the eagle’s

To mount up to surmount, O Lord.

Pour on us a new anointing,

To finish the work You gave to us.


Revive Your Body afresh

To do great exploits for You.


Renew our vision, O Lord

to reach out for the lost, O Lord.

Pour on . . .

Increase that we might decrease,

Be Almighty in us, O Lord.

Pour on us..



The Spirit of the Lord is On

Me (1)


The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

Because He has anointed me;

To preach Good News to the poor

He has sent me to proclaim freedom,

Freedom for the prisoners,

And recovery of sight for the blind,

To release the oppressed

To proclaim the year,

The year of the Lord’s favour.




I’ve found you.

Bone of my bones

flesh of my flesh

You are my helper from God.

Darling, I’ve found you

My love, I’ve found you

Bone of my bones

Flesh of my flesh

You are my other half from God.



Father, I thank You.

Jesus, I thank You.

You have supplied

all that I need,

a fitting help—mate this day.

I thank you

Holy Spirit I thank You.

You have supplied

all that I need

a fitting help-mate this day.



And the two shall be One

There is a City



There is a City

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Whose Builder and Maker is God’

The City of God.

There is a City

Whose streets are paved with gold’

The City of God.



Although the Way

is a narrow Way

but it is the true Way

to perfect peace.

Come follow Him,

Who is the Way,

Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


There is a City

Where love will never grow cold;

The City of God

There a City

Whose treasures are more than gold

The City of God.


There is a City

Where tears, pains sorrows will end

The City of God.

There is a city

Where joy will never end;


The City of God.

There is a City

Whose light is not the sun light,

The City of God.

There is a City

Whose light—the glory of God

The City of God.


In the World, but Not of the World. Jn17:14, Ro.12:1-2 Key E



Although I am in this world,


I am not of this world;


Heaven is my home,

Heaven is my home.

Although I am in this world,


I am not of this world;

A B7 E

Heaven is my home.



Born into this world;

But not of this world;


I am born of Love


Born from above

Bought with a price,


And so great a sacrifice,

A F#m

Although I am in this world,

B7 E

I am not of this world.



I am a stranger;

I am a traveller,

I am an alien

Citizen of heaven

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I’m an Ambassador;

And a Visitor

Although I am in this world,

I am not of this world.



Mth Org

My King will soon come;

His Kingdom will come;

We’ll soon go away

To His Seat far away

And there to rejoice,

All who made Him their choice;

Although I am in this world,

I am not of this world.


I Delight in Your Word. (Ps.119:9,15-16,105; Ps.1:1-3; Jos.1:8)

I delight in Your word.

Lord Your word lights my path.

I meditate in Your word,

So to be on the right path. X2


How can one keep pure his ways? (Leader)

By keeping to Your word (congr.)

How can one not go astray? (Leader)

By living by Your word.(congr.)


I delight in Your word

Lord Your word lights my path.

I meditate in Your word,

So to be on the right path.


How can one do all Your will? (Leader)

By keeping to Your word. (congr.)

How can one Your plan fulfil? (Leader)

By living by Your word. (congr.)


I delight in your word . . . X2


If My People

(2Chr. 7:14)

If my people,

who are called by My Name,

shall humble themselves and pray,

and seek My Face,

and turn from their wicked ways,

then will I hear from heaven,

and forgive their sins

and will heal their land.


O Lord Your people

Who are called by Your Name

Do humble themselves and pray;

We seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways;

O Lord hear from heaven;

O Lord forgive our sins;

And Lord come heal our land.


O Lord God

Revive Your Church again;

Come Spirit like a rain;

Come refill our lives,

And overflow into our land.

Come Lord with Your power.

Shine in this dark hour.

Come Lord through Your Church tower


Peace! Be Still! (Jn14:27, Mt14:22-27)

My peace I give to you

Not as the world gives

I give unto you.



My child peace be still,

My child peace be still,

My child peace be still,

And know that I am God. XXX . . . .

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Exhort along with Running Chorus (Alternative scriptures can be used

as the Spirit leads)

Peace I leave with you.

My peace I now give to you.

Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.(Jn 14:27)


For I am your Maker the lord of Hosts is my Name, the Holy One of Israel

is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth, I am called. Peace be still

and know that I am God. (Isa.57:5)

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper. And every tongue that

rises against you in judgement, you shall show to be in the wrong. Peace be

still and know that I am God. (Isa57:17)


You are the redeemed of the lord .

And if God is for you, who can be against you. You are the righteousness of

God and if I have accepted you , who can condemn you?

Don’t you know that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Don’t you that you are more than a conqueror through Christ.(Ro.8:37)


Be not anxious about anything. But in everything by prayer and petition with

thanks giving continue to make your wants known to God. And I will flood your

mind with my peace, which knows no bounds, transcends all understanding.

It would garrison your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Phil4:6-7)

You are redeemed from the curse of the law. Abraham’s blessing s are yours



For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you. Thoughts and plans for

welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.



Fear not. For I am with you; and do not look around in terror and be

dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen harden you; Yes! I will help

you. Yes! I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right Hand

of rightness and justice. (Isa.41:10)


Know that those who wait for the Lord, who expect, look for and hope in

Him shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their

wings and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall

walk and not faint or become tired. (Isa.40:31)


Fear not! For I am your shield and your abundant compensation; and your

reward shall be exceedingly great. (Gen.15:1)

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Be persuaded beyond doubt that neither death nor life nor angels nor

principalities, nor things impending or threatening, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will

be able to separate you from the love of god which is in Christ Jesus, our

Lord. (Ro:38-39)


Peace be still and know that I am God. Fear not! I am your shield and your

exceeding great reward, says God.


There is a Friend Who Sticks (Prov:18:24)

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother

One with you in the

In the raging sea.

There is a Friend

who sticks closer than a brother

One with you

in the red hot furnace.


“Though your mother and your Father may forsake you,

I’ll pick you up “

Says the Lord, your God.

“For I have carved you on the palm of My Hand.

(And I will never, I will never, I will never forsake you”). X2

()XXX to end.


Be Strong and Courageous

(2Chro. 32:7-8)

Be strong and courageous;

Do not be afraid.

Do not be discouraged,

because of the foes

In spite of their vastness

Think of the Lord’s greatness

With them is the arm of the flesh,

But with us the Lord of Hosts.


The Lord is on our side.

He will not forsake us.

Those who’ve come in one way

will flee in seven ways.

Mighty angels are around those,

those who fear the Lord.

Weeping may endure for the night,

But in the mourning joy will come.


I was Born Clappy Nic’ O’Demus

I was born clappy

Into a family,

In the West African region.

We loved religion,

We were in religion,

But religion was not in us.

We sang those songs

Though we were so wrong,

We thought we had it made.

With one eye we prayed,

With the other we strayed,

Fooling that God did not see.

I remember that day that that Nic’ O demus


Went knocking on that door at night.

He asked the Way, Master Jesus: “How come You’re different from all”

That day he heard the truth

From Jesus—the Truth,

And his problem was cured from the root.

He knew “Churchianity” was not Christianity,

Religion was not life in Christ.

I was in a mess;

Enmeshed in a mess,

Yet I thought I enjoyed my life.

Yet no life in my life’

Till Christ gave me His life;


So I sing this song of life.

I was going blind;

No good in my mind;

Yet I thought I had good sight

But for the love Jesus-the Light,

I would have been dead in the night.

Now I have life,

From Christ, New Life.

I have passed from death to life

I have a home above;

Purchased by love,

I’m a citizen of heaven above.


Saints of God, ..Celebrate

Saints of God, let us celebrate;

Celebrate this new life in Christ;

Sing to the Lord and jubilate;

Jubilate in the lord Jesus Christ.


Saints of God, let us clap and sing.

Clap and sing to God our Father;

Give glory to the Lord of lords our King;

The Most High God our Maker.


Saints of God, let us dance and rejoice;

Rejoice because the Lord, He is good;

So good to us that He made us His choice,

His people, His royal priest hood.


Saints of God, let His praises ring;

From sunrise until sunset;

Let all that is within us sing;

Sing every one who has breath.


In a Desert Land ..Found Me.


In a desert land You found me

In a barren and howling waste You found me

You shielded me and cared for me.

As the apple of Your eyes cared for me.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,

Hovers over its young in a test,

Spreads its wings to catch them,

And on its pinions carried them.


So Lord You stirred up my nest’

And hovered over me in my test,

Spread Your Wings to catch me,

And on Your Pinions carried me.

You made me ride me ride on the heights;

On the heights of the land in Your might;

From the fruit of the field, Lord You fed me’

With cords, oil, milk and honey.


Sing to the Lord a New Song


Ch : sing to the Lord a new song ‘

For he has done marvelous things;

His right Hand and His holy Arm,

Have worked salvation for Him.

The Lord has made known His salvation,

To the house of Israel . . .



It’s a spiritual warfare ( Spiritual warfare)

It’s a spiritual warfare ( Spiritual warfare)

It’s a spiritual warfare ( Spiritual warfare)

It’s a spiritual warfare ( Spiritual warfare)


Put the enemy (in his proper place)

Put the enemy (in his proper place)

And his proper place is (under your feet)

His proper place is (under your feet)


Put on the helmet of salvation (it’s a spiritual warfare) (

The belt of truth (it’s a spiritual warfare)

The shoes of the Gospel (it’s a spiritual warfare)

The breast plate of righteousness (it’s a spiritual warfare)

Take the shield of faith (it’s a spiritual warfare)

The Sword of the Spirit (it’s a spiritual warfare)


Thank God, Jesus has won (the victory)

Jesus has won (the victory)

The victory (at Calvary)

The victory (at Calvary)


Having done all Saint, (stand your ground)

Having done all Saint, (stand your ground)

Having done all Saint, (stand your ground)

Having done all Saint, (stand your ground)


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12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven

suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matt.11:12

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against

the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but

against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of

against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore

take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in

the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on

the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the

preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith

with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is

the word of God; 18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the

Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for

all the saints—(Ephe.6:10-18)

15Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle

of them, triumphing over them in it.Col.2:15

1 The LORD said to my Lord,

“Sit at My right hand,

Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”Ps110:1

14Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,

and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.



Sleeping Giant Awake!

(Ephe.5:14,27; Luke 19:13,Eph.2:6)

Sleeping Giant awake!

(Awake, awake!)

The Lord is coming soon awake, (Awake, awake)!

He ‘s coming for a glorious Bride.

(Awake, awake!)

A Bride without spot or wrinkles.

(Awake, awake!)


Sleeping Giant awake! Come on!

(Awake, awake!)

It’s battle time awake!

Awake, awake!

The lord is on our side.

Awake, awake !

Through Him we’re more than conquerors.

Awake, awake!


Sleeping Giant awake.

Awake, awake.

The Lord is coming soon awake.

Awake, awake.

He’s coming for a pow’rful Church.

Awake, awake.

He’s coming for an overcoming Church.

Awake, awake.


Summon Your Pow’r O Lord.Ps68:28

Summon Your pow’r O Lord.

Show me Your strength

As You have done before

O Lord, O Lord.

Path the heavens and come down;

Touch the mountains and let them smoke

O Lord, O Lord.



Flash Your lightning O Lord

and confuse all Your enemies.

Shoot Your arrows O Lord

And scatter, scatter, scatter every foe.

Summon Your pow’r O Lord.

Show me Your strength

As You have done before

O Lord, O Lord.


Summon Your Pow’r O Lord

Show me Your strength

As You have done before

O Lord, O Lord


Let a fire go before You

To burn up all Your enemies

O Lord, O Lord.

May the zeal of the Lord of Host.

Bring this to pass to His glory.



1. Describe the structure

2. Write down the rhyme pattern e.g abab,—a-a etc, or indicate ‘ no

rhyme pattern’ as the case may be

3. What do you think was the justification for using the title used.

4. If you were allowed to give the song a title, what would you choose

and why?

5. Whilst keeping within the same theme, compose a verse or two for

each song

6. Choose a theme for each of the songs from the themes given below

or an alternative theme.



• Evangelism

• Praise and Worship

• Easter/ Resurrection

• New Creation Realities

• Divine Direction

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• Story Songs (ballad)

• Holy Spirit

• Spiritual warfare

• Second Coming

• Revival

• Faith

• Prayer

• Wedding

• Eternity

• Word




7. Find some relevant scriptures for:

• Holy Father, My God

• You are worthy

• I Will Come To You

• Great and Marvellous

• God of Creation

• Come Holy Wind

• The Just shall live by

• Oaks of righteousness


There is wisdom in protecting your work so as to maximise the resources

derived from it to further its multiplication and leaving a legacy for

generations. Besides your prosperity would enable you to reach out to others

by your ability to sponsor worthy good causes. None of this is possible if

you are careless about your talent and leave it to those who are just on the

look out for ‘free lunch.’ You woe it to the next generation to and to God

to be a good steward of the gift s and talent bestowed on you.

Provided you are the owner of a work you have copy right for 50 years from

the date of the initial copyright., unless the copyright is lodged in a trust

in which case it can be enforced so long as the trust exists for the purposes

it was set up.

Copyright can be initiated by registering your work with the agency

responsible for copyright in which you affirm that you are the original

owner of the work. Any infringement will entitle you to damages if you

successfully sue. You must append to such work your name the copyright

sign and the date the copyright originated. You can also avoid undue costs

and legal technicalities by putting the work in an envelope and post it

to your self by recoded delivery to establish the date the copyright was

initiated. The envelope must only be opened in a court where there is a

dispute of ownership of work.


It is one thing to write a song, it is quite another to have it marketed. You

should think of your market before recording. In this age of Information

Highway you would need a web presence where you can distribute your

song to make ends meet. Consider having a website or joining with others

to give you a forum to reach your audience. Consider songs you can give

away freely and websites that you can link to and who can link to you.. It is

important to have a system whereby samples of your songs can be accessed

on your website and online purchases made possible. If you want your song

to go places you must look for outlets for it. If you are not a good singer,

then look for a good singer who is looking for your kind of material. Also

consider looking for producers who can put a group together. It is easier to

work in a group than to work in isolation. However that is easier said than

done. You need to pray for divine connection otherwise it can be a very

lonely road as I discovered. Some people are called to be Solo artistes and

they do better single solos. That said, there are always people behind the

scene who would assist in other capacities.

If you are able to produce demos at home, that can also help you in your

marketing. It is also possible to come into an agreement with someone who

can write the music such that anyone can play it in your absence.

With the wide use of the information Super-Highway, you can now self

publish your work on your website or publish on a website where you can

seek critique/review from other members. One example is faithwriters.com

to which I belong,


If you happen to make progress to the point of recording in a studio, you

need a lot of preparation before going there as most studios charge per

hour or per day. The expenses involved is mammoth and this means you

need to plan well in advance and have a budget for it. You need to decide

who will back you up, their skill, availability, the types of instruments

you want for your songs etc. You need to do a lot of homework before

venturing out otherwise you will discourage yourself.

Do a lot of experimenting at home and be clear of what you want before you

go into the studio before. Of course you should be open to reasonable

suggestions but you cannot afford to go without a structure I mind.

You will pay dearly if you go unprepared.


A small home – digital recording studio would be ideal to record your songs

on in various arrangements before you choose the one you consider

best for the studio. You can also make demos from such machines for

producers or other musicians you work with. If you cannot sing, you

may hum your tune and look for a good singer to back you up.

If you can play an instrument, it would be a big bonus, as you will give

the song the right melody. Every song can be transformed depending

on the instruments and singers and the arrangement chosen by the

producer. However you can always partner with instrumentalists who

are looking for songwriters.

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You must take into consideration the beat or pulse—that part of the song

that people clap along to. Another important consideration is the

pattern of long and short a sounds and pauses that fit around the beat.

This is the rhythm. The melody or tune is the part people whistle to

or sing which is usually made up of notes of different pitches. The

pitch describes how high or low a musical tone is. Another important

note is the Structure of a song. It tells us how the song is organised

some structures are based on a variation of verse, chorus, and verse and

verse. There are other songs that may not have a chorus, like, ‘Don’t

Date Devil ‘but it has a repeated line’ Don’t Date Devils all through

the song. Also note that this song is alliterated for effect.

Songwriter’s RESOURCES

 The Songwriter’s Kit

Every songwriter should have a songwriting kit. This will include a dictionary,

thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, digital recorder, pen and paper. For a Christian

the Bible is an indispensable fountain of resource. Meditating on and studying

the word of God on a regular basis enables you to renew your mind and equips

you to saturate the songs you write with the word of God as indicated above. (

Rom12:1-2) It has been my launching pad for most songs I have written and

it cannot be compared to any other resource. A Christian songwriter should

in addition to these have different translations of the bible and different

Christian songbooks to feed from. Also it would be advisable to have the cds

or dvds of artists that you consider as mentors to you. No matter what rhythm

or rhyme you choose, it is paramount that your lyric should be informed by

the mind of Christ which is His word. The Word of God is light, life, living,

durable, dynamic, instructive, inspirational, incomparable, meaty, medicine,

wisdom, comfort, compass, spiritual food. It is better than gold. It revives,

recreates, restores, recharges, reignites, challenges, charges and changes.

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I

speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John6:63


12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any

two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and

of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of

the heart. Heb4:4


20 My son, give attention to my words;

Incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;

Keep them in the midst of your heart;

22 For they are life to those who find them,

And health to all their flesh.

23 Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.


(See I delight in your Word, Lord your Word is a Light, I will listen)

A good computer will also be handy for processing songs in a dedicated file

for easy access.



The word of God is spirit and it is life. It transforms, it counsels, it is a

light to our path and a lamp to our feet. That is why most of the songs

I write are base on the scriptures. Even when we come to Christian

songwriters, some are specialist in worship, or praise and worship

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others are more inclined to Pop Gospel or Contemporary Gospel or

even Country Gospel. You must know your area of specialty.

54 Your statutes have been my songs

In the house of my pilgrimage.Ps119:54

For example the song below is very much the word of God from the

following scriptures:

M’t:19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is

impossible; but with God all things are possible.

M’r:9:23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible

to him that believeth.

M’r:10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible,

but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Psalms:119:89: For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Isa:55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall

not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

M’r:11:23: For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this

mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall

not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he

saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

M’r:11:24: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye

pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Heb:6:17: Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs

of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Heb:6:18: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for

God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for

refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

2 Cor.1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen,

unto the glory of God by us.


All Things Are Possible (Matt 19:26, Mark 9:23, Ps119, Isa55:11, Matt

24:11, Mark11:23, Heb6:18)

All things are possible

to those who believe

I have prayed the word of God

I know I’ll receive

The Word of God is so sure

Settled in heaven

It will accomplish

that which pleases Him



CH:I believe so I will see

I believe so I will receive

I believe and so I speak

My confession will bring a manifestation xxxxx


If God says, ‘Yes!’

Tell me who can say, ‘No’

By two unchangeable things

It is impossible for God to lie.

His promises are, Yes and amen

in Christ Jesus

The Word gone out from His mouth

will not return to Him empty


I have no doubt that it is the word of God in a song that gives it life to

refresh, revive, motivate, heal deliver and transform the listener. So if you

are a Christian songwriter I counsel you to saturate your songs with God’s

word to give it a cutting edge.



Metering of songs has to do with the length of the lines in a stanza. This is

usually determined by the number of syllables in a line. A good songwriter

will keep the difference if any to a minimum as it will affect the flow of the

song. You can elongate short lines by adding a few words, without altering

the meaning or the thought implied. And the same goes with long lines.

In the song below there are 8 syllables to each line, on the average. You can

say it has a metre if 8


Saints of God, let us celebrate; ( Ps47,—148, 149, 150)

Celebrate this new life in Christ;

Sing to the Lord and jubilate-

Jubilate in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Saints of God, let us clap and sing-

Clap and sing to God our Father;

Give glory to the Lord of lords our King;

The Most High God our Maker.


Saints of God, let’s dance and rejoice-

Rejoice because the Lord, He is good;

So good to us that He made us His choice,

His people, His royal priesthood.


Saints of God, let His praises ring;

From sunrise until sunset;

Let all that is within us sing-

Sing every one who has breath



You must also be well-organised so that you know where to locate new

songs that you need to work on are and be diligent to work on them

When you are able to write many songs it would be wise to classify your titles

thematically as shown below. Also see my thematic index later in this book.

These are some of the themes I have covered in my song writing odyssey.



Thematic Guide




PRAISE ( Most of the Psalms)













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Some song titles within the themes are shown below


• You must be born again

• Jesus turned it All around

• Jesus, Jesus, Jesus


• Undivided Heart

• Pre-eminent One

• Holy Father, My God

• You are Holy

• I will Come To You


• Look not for the Living Among the dead

• Christ is Alive!

PRAISE (Most of the Psalms)

• Great and Marvellous

• Praise the Lord

• God of Creation

• You are the Lord

New Creation Realities

• In Him


• Come, Holy Wind

• My Child, Pay Attention

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• The Just shall live by faith

• I believe to See

• Oaks of Righteousness Shall Stand


• Jesus, is my Friend


• He’s Coming!


• Fill me from Top to bottom

• I will call on Your /name


• Remember me


• He Crowns the Year


• Come Comforter

• Pour On Us a New Anointing

• The Spirit o f the Lord


• I’ve found you

• And the two shall be One


• The City of God

• In the World but Not of The World


• I Delight in your Word


• There gonna be a revival

• If My People..

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• Peace be Still!

• There is a Friend

• Be Strong and courageous


• I was born clappy


• Saints of God, let us Celebrate


• Under Your Feet

• Sleeping Giant Awake!

• Summon Your power, O Lord


• May the peace