Songs & Scripture: “Your Presence is Heaven” (Israel Houghton and Micah Massey)

I can’t believe it took me this long to hear this song! I hope it blesses you to learn the Scripture related. Also, enjoy this “unplugged” version of the song from K Love’s studio. Read my only caveat below, and why I do not believe it should be used on a Sunday morning worship service.

Your Presence is Heaven (Your Presence is Heaven to Me)
Written by Israel Houghton and Micah Massey
(c) 2012 Integrity’s Praise! Music Sound Of The New Breed Regenerate Music Co.
CCLI#: 6214751

Who is like You Lord in all the earth? (Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 3:24, Deuteronomy 33:26, 1 Samuel 2:2, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:23, 2 Chronicles 6:14, Psalm 35:10, Psalm 71:19, Psalm 89:8, Psalm 113:5, Jeremiah 10:6, Micah 7:18)
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth (John 15:13, Romans 8:37-39)
Nothing in this world can satisfy (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18, Ecclesiastes 5:10-12, Isaiah 55:2, Haggai 1:6, John 6:27, John 6:67-69, 1 John 2:15-17)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 63:1-5, Psalm 145:16, Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 31:25, John 4:13-14, John 6:35, John 7:37-38)

Your presence is heaven to me* (Genesis 28:15, Exodus 33:14, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 16:27, Psalm 16:8-11, Psalm 21:6, Psalm 23:4-6, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 37:7, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 51:11, Psalm 65:4, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 84:1-2, Psalm 84:10, Psalm 95:2, Psalm 97:5, Psalm 100:2, Psalm 114:7, Psalm 139:7, Psalm 140:13, Psalm 145:18, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:2, Jeremiah 29:13, Zephaniah 1:7, Matthew 1:23,  Matthew 18:20, Matthew 28:20, John 14:17, John 14:20, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:18, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 10:19-23, Hebrews 13:5, James 4:8)
Your presence is heaven to me

Treasure of my heart and of my soul (Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 13:44, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, Luke 12:33-34)
In my weakness you are merciful (Psalm 31:9, Psalm 78:38-39, Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 John 4:10)
Redeemer of my past and present wrongs (Deuteronomy 24:18, Ruth 3:9, 2 Samuel 7:23, 1 Chronicles 17:21,  Nehemiah 1:10, Job 19:25, Job 33:28, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 31:5, Psalm 34:22, Psalm 44:26, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 69:18, Psalm 71:23, Psalm 78:35, Psalm 103:4, Psalm 111:9, Psalm 130:7, Isaiah 44:22, Isaiah 47:4, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 54:5, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:20, Isaiah 62:12, Lamentations 3:58, Hosea 13:14,Luke 1:68, Luke 2:38, Romans 3:23-25, 1 Corinthians 1:29-31, Galatians 3:13, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Titus 2:13-15, Hebrews 9:12, 15)
Holder of my future days to come (Job 14:5, Psalm 16:5, Psalm 31:15a, Daniel 2:21, Jeremiah 29:11, James 4:13-16)

Your presence is heaven to me
Your presence is heaven to me
Heaven to me, God
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me

All my days on earth I will await (Romans 8:18-19, Romans 8:23, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Galatians 5:5)
The moment that I see You face to face (Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, Colossians 3:4, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 4:13, 2 Peter 3:12, Jude 1:21, Revelation 22:20)
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 116:13, John 4:10, John 7:38)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry
You never run dry [chorus repeats]

*Of course, someday in heaven we will physically be in Jesus’ presence! But I took this lyric to mean “your [God’s] presence right now is awesome, full of joy, amazing, fulfilling.” I think Israel Houghton used the modern usage of the word “heaven” to connect us back to thinking about God’s presence being better than anything else we might cheaply label as “heaven on earth.” I understand how this vagueness could be theologically ambiguous, however, and believe that it may not be the best choice for a Sunday morning worship service. 

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