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Kwake Yesu nasimama (Here on Jesus Christ I Will Stand)

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Acclamation to Jesus Christ
Christ, our Savior, you have stood under the downpour of human evil; you have lifted us from the flood. You have saved us from sin, and cloaked us with your righteous life. You are our place to stand, and we stand there under the blessed downpour of your grace. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

Name
KWAKE YESU
Key
G Major or modal

Musical Suggestion

The song’s simple syncopation is easy to learn, and the tempo can be varied. As an enthusiastic praise song, it can clip along at 136 beats per minute (bpm), accompanied by piano, guitars, and some supplemental percussion. But I’ve also heard it done nearly a cappella at a much slower 80 bpm on a Sunday when a congregation was still reeling from the unexpected death of a beloved member. On that Sunday, the song was a beautiful testimony to Christ, the “solid rock.”
 
It is very nearly a perfect praise chorus—it can be learned in one singing; it’s simple but not trite; it focuses on the work of Jesus rather than on us; and the IV chord on the downbeat lets you sing it a number of times without feeling finished. In fact, it could easily work in a medley with a related song, such as “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less.”
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 88)
— Ron Rienstra

Hymn Story/Background

A reworking of “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand,” Kenyans sing this “heart song” both as a folk/pop ballad and in a more upbeat a cappella style. Avoid upbeat percussion, as it will quickly sound kitschy.
— Global Songs for Worship

Composer Information

Greg Scheer (b. 1966) is Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Music Associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His writings include The Art of Worship (Baker Books, 2006) and contributions to Reformed Worship, The Hymn, Call to Worship and Worship Leader and a chapter in New Songs of Celebration Render (ed. C. Michael Hawn, GIA Publications, forthcoming).
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