Expository Songs from Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:4-6

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Given the content of this passage, it is little surprise that many of the musical treatments of this passage come from writers on the Reformed side of the spectrum. Here is Isaac Watts’ “Jesus, We Bless Thy Father’s Name”:

Jesus, we bless thy Father’s name;
Thy God and ours are both the same;
What heav’nly blessings from his throne
Flow down to sinners through his Son!

“Christ be my first elect,” he said,
Then chose our souls in Christ our head,
Before he gave the mountains birth,
Or laid foundations for the earth.

Thus did eternal love begin
To raise us up from death and sin;
Our characters were then decreed,
“Blameless in love, a holy seed.”

Predestinated to be sons,
Born by degrees, but chose at once,
A new regenerated race,
To praise the glory of his grace.

With Christ our Lord we share our part
In the affections of his heart;
Nor shall our souls be thence removed,
Till he forgets his first-beloved.

Expository Songs

Jesus, We Bless Thy Father’s Name (Ephesians 1:3-6) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Ephesians Canticle (Ephesians 1:3-12) (1995)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Ephesians 1 (Ephesians 1:4-11)
Karen Peck Gooch, John Rowsey | Popularized by Karen Peck and New River
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
Charles Wesley
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Accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
Civilla Martin

Jesus, Name Above All Names (Ephesians 1:21) (1974)
Naida Hearn | Popularized by Scripture in Song
YouTube | Amazon

Other References

Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Simon Dach
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Because You Are Chosen (Ephesians 1:4) (2003)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Father, Long before Creation (Ephesians 1:4)
Francis P. Jones
Lyrics | Sheet Music

God, Our Father, We Adore Thee (Ephesians 1:4)
George W. Frazer
Lyrics | Sheet Music

God’s Chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
Squire Parsons | Popularized by Squire Parsons

My Lord I Did Not Choose You (Ephesians 1:4) (2008)
Josiah Conder, Devon Kauflin | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music

Numbered with God’s Sons (Blessed Are the Sons of God) (Ephesians 1:4)
Joseph Humphreys
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Salvation’s Song (Ephesians 1:4) (2007)
Stuart Townend, Andrew Small | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

We Are Heirs of God Almighty (Ephesians 1:4) (2002)
Stuart Townend, Kevin Jamieson | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Amazon

No Longer an Orphan (Ephesians 1:5)
Popularized by Primitive Quartet
Lyrics | YouTube

Orphans of God (Ephesians 1:5)
Joel Lindsey, Twila LeBar | Popularized by The Talleys
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

To God Be the Glory (Ephesians 1:7)
Fanny Crosby, William Doane
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The hope of our calling (Ephesians 1:18)
Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Over All (Ephesians 1:20-23)
Popularized by Scott Wesley Brown

Jesus! name of wondrous love! (Ephesians 1:21)
William Walsham How
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Name Above All Names (Ephesians 1:21) (2009)
Judah Groveman | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon