WeWorship: Glorious Ruins

Glorious Ruins: Hillsong Live l LadyDpiano


Glorious Ruins is an album by Hillside Live. The music and lyrics are by Joel Houston and Matt Crocker. It was released in 2013. It has 8 wonderful worship songs on the album.


  1. Always Will
  2. You Never Fail
  3. Christ Is Enough
  4. Where the Spirit of the Lord Is
  5. Glorious Ruins
  6. Closer
  7. God Who Saves
  8. To Be Like You
  9. Man of Sorrows



One of my piano students figured out the chord progression, listening to the song by ear. Below you'll find charts to the song in several different keys. Hope you enjoy learning this song. If you're not familiar with it, here it is on YouTube.  Oh, and I wanted to share with you that my cousin is one of the many talented young musicians on the Hillsong worship team. I am so proud of Alex.



Glorious Ruins



Verse 1

D                                                                A                      Bm G
When the mountains fall and the tempest roars You are with me
           D                                                         A            Bm  G
When creation folds, still my soul will soar on Your mercy



Pre-chorus

       Bm                                    G
I'll walk through fire with my head lifted high
                        D                               A
and my spirit revived, in Your story
              Bm                                 G
And I'll look to the cross as my failure is lost
           D                                A
in the light of Your glorious grace



Chorus

       D
So let the ruins come to life
                                    G
In the beauty of Your Name
                                 D
Rising up from the ashes
                              A
God, forever You reign
                                     Bm                                         G
And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings
                          D                                   A
I will love You forever, and forever I'll sing



Verse 2

                  D                                    A                              Bm G
When the world caves in, still my hope will cling to Your promise
                   D                               A                                  Bm  G
When my courage ends, let my heart find strength in Your presence



Repeat Chorus 2X

Vamp on Chorus Progression

Repeat Chorus 2X

D - G - D - A - Bm - G - D - A



Glorious Ruins


Verse 1
                   G                                              D                   Em  C
When the mountains fall and the tempest roars You are with me
                 G                                             D                   Em
When creation folds, still my soul will soar on Your mercy



Pre-chorus

       C                                        G
I'll walk through fire with my head lifted high
              Em                                 D
and my spirit revived, in Your story
               C                                  Em
And I'll look to the cross as my failure is lost
            G                                D
in the light of Your glorious grace



Chorus
                                        G
So let the ruins come to life
                                      C
In the beauty of Your Name
                                G
Rising up from the ashes
                               D
God, forever You reign
                                     Em                                          C
And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings
                           G                                  D
I will love You forever, and forever I'll sing



Verse 2

When the world caves in, still my hope will cling to Your promise

When my courage ends, let my heart find strength in Your presence



Repeat Chorus 2X

Vamp on Chorus Progression

Repeat Chorus 2X

G - C - G - D - Em - C - G - D


Glorious Ruins


Verse 1
                   E                                          B                C#m  A
When the mountains fall and the tempest roars You are with me   
              E                                                B                  C#m
When creation folds, still my soul will soar on Your mercy    



Pre-chorus

      A                                         E
I'll walk through fire with my head lifted high
              C#m                            B
and my spirit revived, in Your story    
               A                                  C#m
And I'll look to the cross as my failure is lost
           E                                  B
in the light of Your glorious grace



Chorus
                                       E
So let the ruins come to life
                                     A
In the beauty of Your Name
                                   E
Rising up from the ashes
                              B
God, forever You reign
                                   C#m                                          A
And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings
                             E                                 B
I will love You forever, and forever I'll sing



Verse 2
                       E                                               B
When the world caves in, still my hope will cling to Your promise   
                    E                                              B                   C#m
When my courage ends, let my heart find strength in Your presence   



Repeat Chorus 2X

Vamp on Chorus Progression

Repeat Chorus 2X

E - A - E - B - C#m - A - E - B

Glorious Ruins 

I think this is probably my favorite key to play in regarding this song.  What about you? 

Verse 1
                 F#                                 C#                           D#m    B
When the mountains fall and the tempest roars You are with me   
              F#                                            C#                  D#m  B
When creation folds, still my soul will soar on Your mercy    



Pre-chorus

       B                                         F#
I'll walk through fire with my head lifted high
              D#m                            C#
and my spirit revived, in Your story    
              B                                   D#m
And I'll look to the cross as my failure is lost
          F#                               C#
in the light of Your glorious grace



Chorus
                                       F#
So let the ruins come to life
                                    B
In the beauty of Your Name
                                F#
Rising up from the ashes
                             C#
God, forever You reign
                               D#m                                            B
And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings
                         F#                                   C#
I will love You forever, and forever I'll sing



Verse 2
                 F#                                                C#               D#m B
When the world caves in, still my hope will cling to Your promise   
                 F#                                               C#                 D#m  B
When my courage ends, let my heart find strength in Your presence   



Repeat Chorus 2X

Vamp on Chorus Progression

Repeat Chorus 2X


For more information on the album, visit wikipedia.org
You may be interested in playing another song in the Key of F#, We Crown You.


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John 4:24

Blessings,






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