AUDIO + LYRICS: Cody Carnes – Christ Be Magnified

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Worship leader, songwriter and husband to gospel artiste Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes has kicked off the new year with a brand new single, “Christ Be Magnified,” which he debuted with a live performance at Passion 2020 last week in front of more than 65,000 students at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The lyric video can also be viewed below.

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“We were created to worship,” shares Cody Carnes about his new song. “We find our native cry and inmost melody when worship to Jesus is expressed out of us. The foundational prayer for my life is that Jesus would become greater in me. When I study all of Paul’s writings in the New Testament I see his teaching point to that prayer. This song ‘Christ Be Magnified’ is an attempt to put that prayer to music for the church; a song that lifts a devoted sound of worship to Christ and says ‘I’m all in. Whatever it looks like, whatever it costs. I give you my life for the rest of my life.’ Death of my flesh is the doorway into the resurrection life of Christ. I want more of that in me! It’s my prayer every time I lead this song.”

Over the last year, Carnes has regularly released powerful worship songs that the church community has embraced: “Nothing Else,” “Heaven Fall” and “Run to the Father.” His song, “Nothing Else,” has marked Carnes’ most successful single to date as it debuted on the CCLI chart in 2019.

“I feel such deep anticipation for this moment in history,” explains Carnes about performing at Passion 2020. “Ringing in the ’20s worshipping Jesus with a generation of people shook the earth. I imagine the ripple effects that come out of the divine God moments that happened at this conference will affect the world for decades to come.”

Carnes will join his wife Kari Jobe as they will be featured as special guests on the upcoming Hillsong Worship Tour that will hit more than 25 cities beginning in May.



LYRICS:
Were creation suddenly articulate
With a thousand tongues to lift one cry
Then from north to south and east to west
We’d hear Christ be magnified

Were the whole earth echoing His eminence
His name would burst from sea and sky
From rivers to the mountain tops
We’d hear Christ be magnified

O Christ be magnified
Let His praise arise
Christ be magnified in me
O Christ be magnified
From the altar of my life
Christ be magnified in me

When every creature finds its inmost melody
And every human heart its native cry
O then in one enraptured hymn of praise
We’ll sing Christ be magnified
(O be lifted high, Jesus)

I won’t bow to idols
I’ll stand strong and worship You
If it puts me in the fire
I’ll rejoice ‘cause You’re there too



I won’t be formed by feelings
I hold fast to what is true
If the cross brings transformation
Then I’ll be crucified with You

Death is just the doorway
Into resurrection life
If I join You in Your sufferings
Then I’ll join You when You rise

And when You return in glory
With all the angels and the saints
My heart will still be singing
And my song will be the same

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