All I Have Is Christ (iTunes)
Words and Music by Jordan Kauflin
From the album The Gathering: Live from Worship God11 (Sovereign Grace Music)
This week's featured song is new to our congregation in Cambridge. It was written in 2008 by Jordan Kauflin, who is now the assistant pastor at Redeemer Church of Arlington (VA). His father, Bob Kauflin, is also a songwriter and one of the leaders of Sovereign Grace Music.
Unlike many of the hymns we sing at CTK, "All I Have Is Christ" is written from the first person point of view. While some contemporary worship songs focus too much on the singer, instead of who God is and what he has done, this song is a personal prayer and meditation on the gospel. The verses tell the universal story of all believers - that we were lost and dead in our sins, rebelling against a holy God, but Jesus suffered in our place so that we might know the fullness of God's salvation and grace. The refrain serves as a joyful burst of praise: "Hallelujah! All I have is Christ! Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!"