Greater Worth than Gold

Happy Monday everyone!  Wanted to share a song today that I wrote years ago for a singles conference with this theme: “Greater Worth than Gold.”  The phrase is taken from 1 Peter…

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  – I Peter 1:6-7

I don’t know about you but I hate trials.  Yet I know that this is true — its in the trials and testing of my faith that I experience spiritual growth.  It is the trials and testing that make me stronger and remind me what really matters, that my faith and hope is in something that holds so much long-term value, the will and promise of God, the grace of Jesus’ blood, the hope of heaven.  These words from our brother Peter remind me of that.

For these song lyrics I took the passage — all of chapter 1 — and turned it vertically into a prayer.  This is the version that appears on my newest release, The Other Side.  It was originally written as a congregational song, and sheet music for SATB is below as well.


SATB sheet music:  Greater Worth Than Gold – sheet music

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Greater Worth Than Gold
(1 Peter 1:3-25)

You gave me new birth into living hope
And a promise that never can be broken
I’ve suffered grief when the trials come
But they’re there to show I can overcome
Cause my faith is real and has been refined
All that can be burned has been left behind
So my faith is genuine…

My faith has
Greater worth, greater worth
Greater worth than gold
My faith has
Greater worth, greater worth
Greater worth than gold
Greater worth than gold

Now my faith has grown, and the praise will come
On the final day when you say, “Well done!”
Though I have not seen, still I have believed
Inexpressible joy I have received.
You have chosen me. You have saved my soul
Made my life complete. given me a home
And I know where I belong

I must set my mind, must be self-controlled
I must do your will. I must be made holy
It was not with gold that I was redeemed
But by Jesus’ blood that He gave for me
Now my love must be deep and from within
I must spread the faith that will never end
Cause Your Word stands for all time

C     /    G/B    C    G/B
D      /    D       G/B

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