Bring Glory

by Scott Riggan

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[NOTE: "Bring Glory" was originally released nationwide on SpringHill/Warner Bros/Word Records. Scott has recently acquired the masters and now the project is available independently]

ABOUT "BRING GLORY"
Although Scott Riggan has become known for his popular worship songs, he's not exactly comfortable with the label of "worship artist".

"It's true that my shows end with a time of worship," explains Scott, "and I do write a lot of worshipful songs. But my songwriting covers it all - love, faith, family - you name it. I don't feel any need to limit my subject matter."

But with songs like "I Love You Lord" (his nationwide #1 radio hit) and his communion song "Remember" being sung in churches all over the world, Scott started to feel some pressure to record a set of worship tunes for his second solo project.

"Everyone encouraged me to do a worship CD. Instead, I ended up writing a bunch of songs about what it means to be a worshiper." At the heart of Scott's new project is a powerful verse of Scripture from the book of Romans:

"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's
mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy
and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of
worship..." [Romans 12:1, NIV]

"In our culture, worship is something we do in a church building - we 'worship' and then the preacher gives a sermon," Scott explains. "But the way I see it, worship is better defined as a life lived in submission to our great and holy God. A life lived on the altar."

This idea of a life lived "on the altar" runs throughout "Bring Glory" in songs like "I Live To Praise You", "Altar of my Heart" and "Matches". The CD opens with "Great Is The Lord" and reaches a key moment with "Lay Me Down":

"I am a proud man in my heart of hearts
It is not in my nature to kneel
But falling down at the feet of the Lord of the stars
Now I know how humility feels..."

"If God is just a mediocre god," Scott says, "then what would be the point of worshiping Him? The starting point for an attitude of worship is acknowledging the greatness of God."

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released July 4, 2005

RECORDING CREDITS
Jason Collum, Thad Beaty and Scott Riggan produced and arranged everything (with many inspired ideas from everyone involved). Thad played all the guitars. Jason played drums, percussion, piano and orchestra bells and spent countless hours hunched over his powerbook editing…and tweaking…and editing. Mark Childres played bass. Lonnie Fowler played piano, keyboards and B-3. Matt Stanfield also played piano and Wurlitzer and he provided any and all space noises. Scott played piano on “Matches”. John Catchings arranged the strings (brilliantly, I might add) and played cello. Pamela Sixfin played violin. Scott sang a lot (all the while re-writing several of the songs at the last minute). Chance Scoggins contributed some incredible background vocals (and Jason, Thad and Scott sang some harmonies and stuff too). Jimmy recorded some of it at Playground Recording Studios in Nashville and Thad did a lot of stuff at Brown Sugar Studios in Franklin (and there was additional work by Jason at Snap, Crackle and Pop Studios and some vocals engineered by Scott Pergande at The Mix House in Boise). Jimmy mixed everything at Apollo 54, Steve Lotz engineered vocals and Dan Shike at Tone And Volume mastered the record. Thad plays Langejans guitars. Mark uses GHS strings and plays Fender bass guitars. Jason plays Gretsch drums and pretty much lives on O’Charley’s loaded potato soup (and the occasional sushi). Scott plays Hoener melodicas (but not on this record). Inspired by Romans 12 and a great deal of good coffee.

THANKS TO
I want to thank all of the friends and family who have been so supportive of this crazy thing I do. There are too many of you to mention, but I hope you know how much you are appreciated. Big super-sized thanks to Jason Collum and Thad Beaty – you guys are amazing, and I’m humbled at the time and talent you poured into this project. Special thanks to my family, Julie, Emily and Josiah. To Jason Hill, thanks for beating me regularly in racquetball (and for challenging me to reconsider the things I believe). Deep appreciation to Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive for writing “Holy Is The Lord” and to Michael and Debbie Smith for giving us “Great Is The Lord” – a classic that will outlive all of us. And to one of my heroes, the late Keith Green, thanks for the naked honesty of “My Eyes Are Dry” (and for shocking me into getting serious about Jesus when I was a kid). Thanks to Shannon Becker at Big Town Productions and Promotions, Carla Archuletta at Fruition Artist Agency, Glenda McNalley at The Select Artist Group, Jimmy Jernigan, Jerry Woods and everyone at KTSY, Dave Arthur at KFIS, Jesse Shuster, Chris Cooke, Ben Bauman, Bobby Marko, Len Engel, Shalom Pennington, Scott Cook, Shannon Presley, Eagle Christian Church, Aimee Griffin at Spinning Plates Music, Logan Beaty (for mostly not barking at the wrong times), Phillip White, the China team (“Sustained Panic World Tour” 2005!), Commit Ministries, and The JESUS Film Project. And finally, my deepest gratitude to my Lord and my God, Who alone is worthy of worship. May we bow to none but You.

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Track Name: Great Is The Lord
GREAT IS THE LORD
words and music by Deborah D. Smith and Michael W. Smith
© 1982 Meadowgreen Music Company (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Worshiping God would be completely pointless if we were talking about a mediocre god. This God is the Creator of the universe, the only One Who is worthy of our worship. “Great is the Lord and worthy of glory” indeed…

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves, He is love

Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves, He is love

Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord

Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord
Track Name: Lift (I Cannot Keep Silent)
LIFT (I CANNOT KEEP SILENT)
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and R. Jason Collum
© 2005 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

A worshipful life is a passionate life. I’ll never forget the music I heard at a church I visited in Tanzania. I’ve never heard people sing so beautifully, so fervently, so ... loudly. There’s just something beautiful about uninhibited, passionate worship.

Got some noise to make
Sound barriers to break
Got a song to raise
To my God

I will with each refrain
Bring glory to His Name
My life will be the song I raise
To my God

I lift my voice and sing
Praises, worshiping
Jesus, Jesus
I lift my hands up high
For I’ve found new life
In Jesus, Jesus

Got some noise to make
Sound barriers to break
Got a song to raise
To my God

And I cannot keep silent
I cannot keep silent
I cannot keep silent

I lift my voice and sing
His praises, worshiping
My Jesus, Jesus
I lift my hands up high
For I’ve found new life
In Jesus, Jesus
And I cannot keep silent…
(I lift my voice and sing)
I cannot keep silent
(I lift my hands up high)
I’ve got a song to raise . . .
I’ve got a song to raise to my God
Track Name: Lay Me Down
LAY ME DOWN
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
© 2005 Pleasant View Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used By Permission. All rights on behalf of Pleasantview Music administered by Cal IV Entertainment.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Anyone who went to middle school summer camp in knows that it’s pretty easy to sincerely (maybe even tearfully) commit to serving Christ – to “climb up on the altar” so to speak. The great challenge before us is to stay on the altar when the emotion of the moment passes…

I am a proud man in my heart of hearts
It is not in my nature to kneel
But I have come face to face with the Lord of the stars
And now I know how humility feels
And it moves me to the threshold of grace
I am finally willing to yield

Lay me down on the altar
Lay me down – I am not afraid
Lay me down – down on the altar
And don't let me crawl away
Don't let me crawl away

Now I am finding that I have so much to unlearn
And I'm starting to loosen my hold
Because following You Jesus is leading me to places
I have never had reason to go
But You poured out all that You had to give
For the love of this desperate soul

Lay me down on the altar
Lay me down – I am not afraid
Lay me down – down on the altar
And don't let me crawl away
Don't let me crawl away

I am a proud man in my heart of hearts
It is not in my nature to kneel
But falling down at the feet of the Lord of the stars
Now I know how humility feels . . .

Lay me down . . .
Lay me down . . .
Lay me down on the altar
Lay me down – I am not afraid
Lay me down – down on the altar
And don't let me
Don't let me crawl away
Don't let me crawl away
Track Name: I Live To Praise You
I LIVE TO PRAISE YOU
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Jesse Shuster
© 2005 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP) and Song Receiver (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

I wrote this with my good friend Jesse, and it’s one of my favorites. I have friends who would say they “live for golf” or for skiing or shopping (or just “for the weekend”). I’d like to be able to say that what I live for – the one thing that brings me the greatest pleasure and fulfillment – is serving my God. I don’t know that I am there yet, but this is my prayer.

I lay my life down / This is my offering
I’m giving You now / All that there is of me
On the altar as I offer up my praise
I can almost see the smile upon Your face

I live to praise You / I live to bring You glory
I live to give You all I am
I live to love You / I long to know You, Jesus
Every moment, every single day
I live to praise You

I lay my heart down / Surrender is what I choose
I know this is how / This is how I will worship You
On the altar as I offer up my praise
I can almost see the smile upon Your face

I live to praise You / I live to bring You glory
I live to give You all I am
I live to love You / I long to know You, Jesus
Every moment, every single day
I live to praise You

I live, I live, I live to praise You
I live, I live, I live to praise You

I live to praise You / I live to bring You glory
I live to give You all I am
I live to love You / I long to know You, Jesus
Every moment, every single day
I live to praise You
I live to praise You
Track Name: Holy Is The Lord
HOLY IS THE LORD
words and music by Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive
© 2003 New Spring, A division of Zomba Enterprises, Inc. (ASCAP) (Administered by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing) / and Junkbox Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. Used by permission
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Every time I read Genesis 22 it startles me. This is the one where Abraham is told (by God Himself) to do the unthinkable: to sacrifice his only son. Isaac was the baby born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age – he was the child God had promised would be the first of many descendants. I always have a swarm of questions buzzing in my brain when I read this story (How could God ask this of him? Isn’t this “test” overwhelmingly cruel? How could Abraham go through with it?). Because these are the “big questions” that get my attention in this story, I’ve always overlooked a small but significant phrase in verse 5; when Abraham took Isaac up the mountain, he told his servants to stay behind while they went on “to worship”. This extreme act of obedience was, to Abraham, “worship”. Even when he was given a command he could not fathom, he obeyed. Even when everything in his heart was screaming “No! I can’t do this!” he submitted. Even when he couldn’t see how God could possibly come through with His promises, he trusted. This, truly, is worship.

(And by the way, the writer of this song – Andrew Peterson – is one of the most gifted songwriters we have. Go buy all of his CDs and listen closely...)

Wake up little Isaac
And rub your tired eyes
Go and kiss your mama
We’ll be gone a little while
Come and walk beside me
Come and hold your papa’s hand
I go to make an altar
And to offer up my lamb

I waited on the Lord
And in a waking dream He came
Riding on a wind across the sand
He spoke my name
“Here I am” I whispered
And I waited in the dark
The answer was a sword
That came down hard upon my heart

Holy is the Lord, holy is the Lord
And the Lord I will obey
Lord, help me I don’t know the way

So take me to the mountain
I will follow where You lead
There I’ll lay the body
Of the boy You gave to me
And even though You take him
Still I ever will obey
But Maker of this mountain
Please…
Make another way

Holy is the Lord, holy is the Lord
And the Lord I will obey
Lord, help me I don’t know the way
Holy is the Lord, holy is the Lord
And the Lord I will obey
Lord, help me I don’t know the way
Track Name: Altar of my Heart
ALTAR OF MY HEART
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
© 2005 Pleasant View Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used By Permission. All rights on behalf of Pleasantview Music administered by Cal IV Entertainment.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

While we were in China, we had to be very careful in public places. When we prayed, for example, we did not close our eyes; instead we just spoke aloud to God and pretended that we were talking with each other. Some of the time we had to speak in a kind of “code” (referring to God as “the Boss”, etc.). When I wrote this lyric, I hadn’t been to China yet. Now – after encountering the courage of believers who live in a culture that is so hostile to Christianity – this song is a lot more meaningful to me.

Wherever I am
I will worship You
At the altar of my heart
Wherever I stand
I will kneel before You
At the altar of my heart

And I will bow down
To none but You
Oh I will bow down
To none but You
At the altar of my heart
At the altar of my heart

Wherever I am
I will worship You
At the altar of my heart
Wherever I stand
I will kneel before You
At the altar of my heart

And I will bow down
To none but You
Oh I will bow down
To none but You
At the altar of my heart
At the altar of my heart

You are on the throne
And I am on the altar
Wherever I may go You are my Lord
You are on the throne
I am on the altar
Let it be known You are my Lord

And I will bow down
To none but You
And I will bow down
To none but You
Oh I will bow down
To none but You
At the altar of my heart
At the altar of my heart
Track Name: Full Heart
FULL HEART
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
© 2005 Pleasant View Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used By Permission. All rights on behalf of Pleasantview Music administered by Cal IV Entertainment.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

This is the first lyric I wrote when I moved to Nashville in 1995. No job. No home. And absolutely no clue how to get anyone to listen to my music. I still experience that same strange combination of despair and hope sometimes. Even when things look bleak, there’s great comfort in knowing God is with us.

Under the silver moon, and in the still of night
My eyes cannot find You, but I feel Your hand in mine
And I have a full, full heart

Here in this barren place, I find there are no words
To tell of this sweet taste – the water for my thirst
I have a full, full heart

In this season of waiting
I put my faith in
One hope that will burn bright even in the dark
For Your love has embraced me
And in all that I’m facing
I have a full heart

Under the bridge of dreams, I’m waiting for my turn
To sail across the deep into those arms of Yours
I have a full, full heart

So in the face of doubt, under this blackened sky
Hope leaves a candle out to guide me through the night
I have a full, full heart

In this season of waiting
I put my faith in
One hope that will burn bright even in the dark
For Your love has embraced me
And in all that I’m facing
I have a full heart

Oh, now I have found what I’ve been looking for
This emptiness You have filled forever more
I have a full heart, I have a full heart

In this season of waiting
I put my faith in
One hope that will burn bright even in the dark
For Your love has embraced me
And in all that I’m facing
I have a full heart
For Your love has embraced me
And in all that I’m facing
I have a full, full heart
Track Name: My Eyes Are Dry
MY EYES ARE DRY
words and music by Keith Green
© 1979 BMG Songs, a division of BMG Music Publishing NA, Inc. / Birdwing Music / Ears to Hear Music (ASCAP) (All Administered by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Keith Green’s music changed my life. I saw him in concert just before he died, and his message of radical commitment to Jesus really shook me up. “My Eyes Are Dry” is probably not one of his most popular songs, but it definitely speaks to me in a powerful way.

My eyes are dry, my faith is old
My heart is hard and my prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me

Oh what can be done with an old heart like mine?
Soften it up with the oil and wine
The oil is You – Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew with the wine of Your blood

And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me
Track Name: Matches
MATCHES
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and R. Jason Collum
© 2005 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Submission to God is not something we can enter into casually . . .

I’m gonna need some matches
Maybe some gasoline
And when the wind catches
It’s gonna be the end of me

I must have tried a thousand times
A thousand prayers, a thousand lies
I’m gonna need some matches
I’m gonna need some matches

My hand’s a little shaky
Somebody steady me
My courage always fails me
Right about the time I hit my knees

But everything comes down to this
I choose the fire and faithfulness
It’s time for something drastic
I’m gonna need some matches

And you’ll see me burn, burn, burn
Turning into something new
Watch me burn, burn, burn
Burn away
Anything
That isn’t You

I’m gonna need some matches
Maybe some gasoline
And when the wind catches . . .
Track Name: Bring Glory
BRING GLORY
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Chris Cooke
© 2005 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP) and © 2005 Sodium Glow Publishing (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

Isn’t it a little shocking to think that anything we could do could bring glory to God?

Let our lips never cease to praise You
Testifying of Your great love
Every word making known Your honor
To all the world, every tribe and tongue

Let everything we do
Let it bring glory, bring glory
Let everything we do
Let it bring glory to You

There is no one that could be worthy
Of the praise only You are due
No greater joy than to bring You glory, Lord

Let every word, and every step
Every song, every voice, every breath
Let every beat of every heart
Let it show the world what kind of God You are
With every touch of every hand
May Your power and love be seen by every man
This is how we glorify You now

Let everything we do
Let it bring glory, bring glory
Let everything we do
Let it bring glory to You

Let our lips never cease to praise You . . .
Track Name: Show Them Jesus
SHOW THEM JESUS
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
© 2005 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP) and BenBauman Dot Net Publishing (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
from the CD "Bring Glory"

I began writing this song while in Tanzania showing The JESUS Film to an unreached people group called the Hehe. Watching these people view the film, I was struck with how powerful the simple story of Christ is – and how hungry for the Truth we all are. I believe that humans are designed to seek out our Creator; we are born with “eternity in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and instinctively, we search for God – even though we have no idea Who or what we’re looking for. Now consider this: over a billion people on this planet have never even heard of Jesus. You could be the first to tell them the Name of the One they’ve been looking for.

You can almost see / On a cloudless night
When the air is still / And the moon is high
It’s written in the stars / Painted with their light
Spelling out a Name across the sky

Like a signature / On a work of art
Eternity is there / in every human heart
So many do not know / How loved they are
Will you be the one to

Show them Jesus, show them real love
Let His heart beat on in you
Live out the message with all that you’re made of
Let your life unveil the truth
And all the world will see Him in us
Show them Jesus

Who will bear His Name / All across the Earth
To the countless souls / Who have never heard
Of the One Who made / All the universe
Will you be the first to

Show them Jesus, show them real love
Let His heart beat on in you
Live out the message with all that you’re made of
Let your life unveil the truth
And all the world will see Him in us
Show them Jesus
Show them Jesus
Live out the message with all that you’re made of
Let your life unveil the truth
And all the world will see Him in us
Show them Jesus