Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

 

   

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

 

Background

We have peace with God because of the work of Jesus Christ.  Now we are called to share that peace with others as peacemakers in the name of Jesus.  By making peace, we show ourselves to be true "sons" of God, as reflected in Jesus' blessing on the peacemakers in the Beatitudes.

This song is a prayer that God make peacemakers of His children.  Too often the church and the faith community is filled with discord and petty selfishness.  This is entirely out of place for the people who call themselves by Christ's name.  We are to be peacemakers, even as our Savior has made peace with us on the cross.

This song is the theme song for St. John's Lutheran School for the year 2004-2005.  The school's theme was "Blessed are the peacemakers" as part of an emphasis on peacemaking.  (For information, see Peacemaker Ministries.)

For the recording, this song is sung by students of St. John's Lutheran School.

 

Bible Verses

Matthew 5:9, Luke 2:14, John 14:27, Romans 5:1, Romans 12:18, Ephesians 2:14

Themes

Peace, Church, Cross of Christ, Fellowship, Friendship, Life in Christ, Sanctification, Unity

 

Lyrics

Verse 1
It’s the push and it’s the shove
It’s anything but love
Fighting all our little war
It’s the hurtful things we say
At school, at work, at play
What is all the fighting for?
Oh Oh, I know

Verse 2
When the talking turns to shout
Left alone or just left out
Some are feeling that they don’t belong
Others hurting deep inside
With tears they’ve never cried
Oh, why can’t we all get along?
Hey, hey, I say
Blessed are the peacemakers

Chorus 1
Blessed are the peacemakers
They’re the children of our God
Blessed are the ones who make
Peace with others for Jesus’ sake
Blessed are the peacemakers
They’re the children of our God
The peace of Christ alive to all the world
Blessed are the peacemakers. 

Verse 3
There’s an answer from above
The Father in His love
Sent to us his only Son
Angels at his birth
Singing peace on earth
Because of what he had begun
Ooh Ooh, it’s true 

Verse 4
He took away our sin
To give us peace within
And peace with God eternally
But the cross is just the start
Now it’s living in my heart
And the peace is flowing out of me
Aye aye, that’s why
I wanna be a peacemaker 

Bridge
Blessed are the peacemakers
Blessed are the peacemakers
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are the peacemakers

Verse 5
O Lord, make me a tool
Of peace within my school
Peace within my family
Peace within my church
Peace in all the earth
This is what I want to be
Ooh ooh, it’s true
Aye Aye, That’s why
Hey Hey, I pray
Let me be a peacemaker

Chorus 2
Let me be a peacemaker
Let me be a child of God
Let me be the one who makes
Peace with others for Jesus sake
Let me be a peacemaker
Let me be a child of God
The peace of Christ alive to all the world
Let me be a peacemaker
Let me be a peacemaker
Let me be a peacemaker