Here are excerpts from two current hit songs that illustrate different trends in contemporary Christian music. The first, "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," by Rick Founds, is an example of a "praise and worship" song, with lyrics that speak directly to God. The second song, "We Live," by the rock group Superchic[k], has a spiritual theme but avoids overt references to God and religion -- a style of Christian songwriting that was more dominant several years ago but remains popular.

Lord, I lift Your name on high

Lord, I love to sing Your praises

I'm so glad You're in my life

I'm so glad You came to save us


You came from heaven to earth

To show the way

From the earth to the cross

My debt to pay

From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord, I lift Your name on high

There's a cross on the side of the road

Where a mother lost a son

How could she know that the morning he left

Would be their last time she'd trade with him for a little more time

So she could say she loved him one more time

And hold him tight

But with life we never know

When we're coming up to the end of the road

So what do we do then

With tragedy around the bend?


We live we love

We forgive and never give up

Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above

Today we remember to live and to love