Easter Music – Great Contemporary CCM songs – Andrew Peterson: High Noon

Ok, so far in our Easter Music series for 2014, I’ve posted: 

some Easter CCM Classics, some Easter Hymns, some Easter worship songs, oh yes, and some awesome Classic Gospel too!   And I’ll be posting more songs in each of those sub-categories.

But there’s still another sub-category of music – “Contemporary CCM” (yes… I know CCM stands for Contemporary Christian Music, so I’m repeating “contemporary” and that’s really lame! LOL!)  But, if “CCM classics” are (roughly) from the CCM genre’s first 20 years (the early 70’s to early 90’s), we need a way of describing CCM songs from the past 20 years, and for better or worse, “Contemporary CCM” is the tag I’ll use.

Anyway, whatever we call them, there are some great Easter songs from the last 20 years from artists such as Andrew Peterson, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Gungor, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, Newsboys, Todd Agnew, etc.  These are not generally “worship” songs that would be sung in church on Sunday morning, and yet they are wonderful worshipful songs celebrating Christ’s resurrection. And I’ve got a bunch of them in my CCM playlist. Some of them will be posted here…

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For today, I thought I’d post the song I’ve most recently added to my Easter Contemporary CCM playlist.  I’ve long enjoyed many of Andrew Peterson’s songs, and his song All Things New was already in my Easter playlist.  But thanks to Trevin Wax’s blog post about Easter Music  earlier this week, I discovered Andrew Peterson’s song High Noon, from his album Love & Thunder, released in 2000.  Somehow, I’d never heard this song before this week, and wow, the lyrics are SO powerful. (Really can’t believe I’ve missed hearing it for 14 years!)  It’s a wonderful contemplative song that fits in really well with the devotional reading I’ve been doing focusing on “Why does the Resurrection matter in our everyday lives?”

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and settle in and savor this song and the freedom and victory we have in Christ because of His resurrection.

“… Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”  (2 Tim 1:10)

Here’s a YouTube video featuring the song:

Here are the lyrics:

High noon in the valley of the shadow
When the deep of the valley was bright
When the mouth of the tomb shouted,
“Glory, the groom is alive”
So long, you wages of sin, go on,
Don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed;
You’ve lost all your sting
To the victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley
In the valley of the shadow

Now the demons, they danced in the darkness
When that last ragged breath left his lungs
And they reveled and howled
At the war that they thought they had won
But then, in the dark of the grave
The stone rolled away
In the still of the dawn on the greatest of days

It was high noon in the valley of the shadow
When the shadows were shot through with light
When Jesus took in that breath
And shattered all death with his life
So long you wages of sin
Go on, don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed
You’ve lost all your sting
To the victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley of the shadow

Let the people rejoice
Let the heavens resound
Let the name of Jesus, who sought us
And freed us forever ring out
All praise to the fighter of the night
Who rides on the light
Whose gun is the grace of the God of the sky

High noon in the valley of the shadow
When the shadows were shot through with light
When the mouth of the tomb
Shouted, “Glory, the Groom is alive”
So long you wages of sin
Go on, don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed
All praise to the king
The victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley
In the valley of the shadow

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