Songs & Scripture: Thy Will (Hillary Scott)

“Thy Will,” written & sung by Lady Antebellum’s lead singer Hillary Scott was inspired after a tragedy struck. I love this song because it brings the question of how to trust God as a Christian during times of suffering. May the verses I found in my study help you renew your faith and joy in the Lord as they helped me.

Thy Will
Written by Hillary Scott, Bernie Herms, & Emily Lynn Weisband


I’m so confused (Proverbs 3:5-7, Luke 24:38, 1 Corinthians 14:33)
I know I heard You loud and clear (1 Samuel 3:10, 1 Kings 19:12-13, Isaiah 30:19-21, Acts 9:4-5, Acts 11:12, Acts 13:2, Acts 16:6-7)
So, I followed through (John 14:15, 2 John 1:6, Revelation 14:12)
Somehow I ended up here (Isaiah 30:20, 2 Timothy 2:9, 2 Timothy 3:12)
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand (John 13:7, 1 Corinthians 13:12)
That my broken heart is a part of Your plan (Genesis 50:20, Proverbs 17:3, Isaiah 30:20, Isaiah 48:10, Hosea 6:1, Zechariah 13:9, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:17, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Philippians 1:12, Hebrews 5:8, James 5:10-11, 1 Peter 2:19-20, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:12-13)
When I try to pray (Romans 8:26-27)
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words (Matthew 6:10)

Thy will be done (Psalm 31:5, Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42, John 4:34, John 5:30, John 6:38, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:19)
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know You’re good (Exodus 34:6, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 52:1, Psalm 52:9, Psalm 119:68, James 1:17)
But this don’t feel good right now (Psalm 39:12, Psalm 61:1)
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about (Deuteronomy 29:29, Job 26:14, Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 55:8-9)
It’s hard to count it all joy (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6)
Distracted by the noise (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises* (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Sometimes I gotta stop (Psalm 46:10)
Remember that You’re God (OT: Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 4:29, Deuteronomy 4:35, Deuteronomy 4:39, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy 10:17, Deuteronomy 32:29, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:60, 2 Kings 5:15, 2 Kings 19:15, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 18:31, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 136:3, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 37:16, Isaiah 37:20, Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 45:21, Isaiah 46:9, Daniel 2:47, Hosea 13:4, Joel 2:27, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 14:9. NT: Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 5:17-18, John 17:3, John 8:58, John 10:33, John 12:15, John 18:37, John 20:28, Acts 10:36, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Timothy 6:14-16, Titus 2:13, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 22:13)
And I am not (Job 2:9-10, Psalm 100:3, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is (Psalm 131:2)
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me (1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 10:14, Psalm 33:13, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 56:8, Psalm 139:1-3, Proverbs 15:11, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:13, Hebrews 4:16)
I know You hear me, Lord (Psalm 66:17-20, Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 30:19, Matthew 7:7, John 9:31, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 3:12, 1 Peter 5:7, 1 John 5:14)
Your plans are for me (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:31-32)
Goodness You have in store (Job 19:25, Job 23:10, Psalm 31:19, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 66:10-12, Ecclesiastes 8:12, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 25:34, Luke 12:32, Romans 8:18, Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 11:16, James 1:12, James 5:11, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 1 Peter 5:4, 1 Peter 5:10, Revelation 2:10)
(repeat x 1)

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord


Songs & Scripture: Thrive (Mark Hall & Matthew West)

angel oak 2Hello friends, it has been a while since my last Songs & Scripture post. I heard this one on the radio a few weeks ago and it really encouraged me so I was inspired to dig through my Bible again and find the related passages. Also, check out the amazing “Angel Oak” photo above, that tree is thought to be as old as 1,400 years old! What an example of a thriving tree like we see in Psalm 1 & Jeremiah 17!

Written By: Mark Hall and Matthew West
CCLI: #7006228

Here in this worn and weary land (Jeremiah 17:5-6)
Where many a dream has died (Proverbs 13:12)

Like a tree planted by the water (Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through (Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13, John 4:10-14, John 7:38, Revelation 7:17)
God we thirst for more of You (Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 143:6, Matthew 5:6, John 4:15)
Fill our hearts and flood our souls (Psalm 81:10, Matthew 12:35, Luke 6:45-46, John 7:38, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:18, Colossians 2:2)
With one desire

Just to know You and (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8-10)
To make You known (Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35, Galatians 6:10)
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide (2 Samuel 22:29, Job 12:22, Psalm 18:28, Psalm 112:4, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 42:16, John 1:4-5, John 8:12, John 12:46, Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 1:5)
We know we were made for so much more (Esther 4:14)
Than ordinary lives (Ephesians 1:4, Colossians 3:23-24)
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive (John 10:10, John 16:33, Philippians 4:11-13)

Into Your word we’re digging deep (Deuteronomy 29:29, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
To know our Father’s heart (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:10)

Into the world we’re reaching out (Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:13-14, 1 Peter 3:15)
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8)
Faith unsinkable (Matthew 14:30-31)*
Love unstoppable (Romans 8:31-39, 1 Corinthians 13)
Anything is possible (Genesis 18:14, Job 42:2, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27, Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 4:12-13)

*I realize that this verse seems contradictory to the song, but think about it– our faith is unsinkable because of Who we place our faith in, not because of our faith staying strong in our own power.
Related Posts:
Mark Hall’s Devotional Thoughts on Thriving
An Ordinary Life? –Shane Sander posts some really helpful thoughts on what ordinary should mean to us, and in this song

Songs & Scripture: “Lord, I Need You” (Matt Maher)

I love the raw honesty of this song. It’s not only incredibly biblical, but I think it reflects a desperation many of us have buried in our self-sufficient culture. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I don’t feel like I really need Jesus. But this song reminds me that I do, desperately, need Him.

And yes, this is another redone hymn. 🙂

Lord, I Need You
Writer(s): Daniel Carson, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 5925687
(C) 2013 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Lord, I come, I confess (1 John 1:9)
Bowing here I find my rest (Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:29, John 14:27)
Without You I fall apart (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3)
You’re the One that guides my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You (Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 86:1, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:16)
Every hour I need You
My one defense, (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1)
my righteousness (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Philippians 3:8-9)
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more (Romans 5:20-21)
Where grace is found is where You are (2 Timothy 2:1)
And where You are, Lord, I am free (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Holiness is Christ in me (John 14:23, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:27)

[chorus repeats]

Teach my song to rise to You (Psalm 33:3, Psalm 119:11)
When temptation comes my way (Matthew 6:13, Matthew 26:41, Luke 11:4, Luke 22:40, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7)
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay (1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 1 Peter 5:10)

[chorus repeats]

Credit to these sites for getting me started:

22 Bible Verses About Temptation

Related sites:
I found this blog entry great on answering the question: What exactly does “my hope and stay” mean?

Shareworthy: “Having the Right Perspective”

See the post that inspired this entry here: Having the Right Perspective.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13, ESV)

I’ve been incredibly humbled and incredibly encouraged by this man who does battle daily with ALS with Jesus at his side.  Although he has not been able to walk or talk since 1997, Bill’s blog, entitled “Unshakeable Hope” is one of the most powerfully worded I’ve ever come across.

My great uncle had ALS and passed away several years ago with it.  Occasionally I wonder if I will inherit some auto-immune or neuro disease in the future (it’s probably the nurse in me), and how I will handle it. I pray that whatever trials God sends my way, I will be able to minister to others and make Jesus look beautiful through them the way Bill has.

With love,


Songs & Scripture: “Your Great Name” (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale)

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This song won worship song of the year in 2012. Krissy Nordhoff was the writer of the verses and Michael Neale wrote the chorus and finished the song. Nordhoff states that she was inspired to write it after the death of a child in her home church, and was reading Psalm 136 and struck by the repetition of “His love endures forever.” Although that verse is not used directly in the song, the repetition of “at the sound of Your great name” drives home Jesus’ sovereignty and power. (You can read the full story behind the song here.)

The central Scripture for the song is very clearly found in Philippians 2:9-11:

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11, ESV)

Natalie Grant has also made this song famous recently, but I love Krissy Nordhoff’s voice and original version:

Your Great Name

Verse 1:
Lost are saved, find their way (Luke 19:10)
at the sound of Your great name (Philippians 2:9-11)
All condemned feel no shame (Romans 8:1)
at the sound of Your great name
Every fear has no place (Isaiah 41:10, Lamentations 3:55-571 John 4:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The enemy, he has to leave (Mark 16:17, Acts 16:18James 4:7)
at the sound of Your great name 

Jesus, worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us (Revelation 5:12)
Son of God and man, (Matthew 9:6, John 3:16, Mark 14:61-62, Acts 7:561 John 5:5)
You are high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:152:13, Philippians 2:9)
And all the world will praise Your great name (Psalm 115:1, Philippians 2:10-11)

Verse 2:
All the weak find their strength (Romans 8:262 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:13)
at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace (John 6:35Acts 2:38, Romans 5:15)
at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless find their place (Psalm 68:5, 2 Corinthians 6:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The sick are healed, the dead are raised (Matthew 9:3511:4-6, 19:2, Mark 1:23-34, Mark 1:40-41, Mark 2:5-12, Mark 5:21-43, Mark 7:32-37, Mark 8:23-25, Mark 10:52,  Acts 3:6, 3:164:10)
At the sound of Your great name

Redeemer, (Job 19:25, Galatians 3:13)
my Healer, (Psalm 103:3Psalm 147:3, 1 Peter 2:24)
Lord Almighty, (Revelation 1:8, 4:811:15-1719:621:22)
Defender, (1 John 2:1)
my Savior, (John 3:16-17Acts 4:12, 13:23, Titus 2:13)
You are my King (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 15:3, 17:14)

Sing the name of Jesus
We worship the name of Jesus
We bow before Jesus (Philippians 2:10)
There is no other name but Jesus (Acts 4:12)

In a culture that has turned our Savior’s name into a curse word, I think we Christians in the west have often even shied away from saying the name “Jesus.” But I love this song because it reminds us that there is no higher name!

May the Lord Jesus bless you all!

With love,


Songs & Scripture: “Mighty to Save” (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

This song has become a praise staple in many churches, and is based heavily around Zephaniah 3:17:

Zephaniah 3:17. Photo Credit: Kelli Wommack


However, there are so many other verses that are alluded to in these lyrics, more than I ever realized!  Once again I’ve linked most of the verses to the ESV version, but some of the lyrics more closely follow either the NASB or NIV version, so I’ve linked those as they apply.

I’ve featured a lyric video of this song by Laura Story, in part because I think this video was so beautifully done, but Hillsong United also has a wonderful version (see that here).

Everyone needs compassion (Matthew 9:36, Mark 6:34)
A love thats never failing (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
Let mercy fall on me (Psalm 145:9)

Everyone needs forgiveness (Romans 3:23-24)
The kindness of a savior (Ephesians 2:7, Titus 3:4-5)
The hope of nations (Isaiah 42:1, Matthew 12:15-21 NIV)

Saviour he can move the mountains (Ezekiel 38:20, Matthew 17:20)
My God is mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1, Zephaniah 3:17)
He is mighty to save
Forever author of salvation (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)
He rose and conquered the grave (Hosea 13:14 NIV)
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as you find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again (Ephesians 3:19)

I give my life to follow (Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23)
Everything I believe in
Now i surrender


Shine your light and let the whole world see (Matthew 5:14-16)
We’re singing for the glory of the risen king JESUS (Matthew 28:6, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Songs & Scripture: “Your Love Never Fails” (Chris Mcclarney, Anthony Skinner)

If you haven’t already figured it out, I make sure to credit the writer of each worship song I feature, not necessarily the artist that made that song famous.

Once again, I am sharing a song that Jesus Culture has carried around the world, but originally it was written by Chris Mcclarney and Anthony Skinner. The story of how that song went out clearly has God’s hand on it, and is encouraging in itself. I recommend you read that here.

I hope you enjoy this post of Your Love Never Fails. I know I really am growing through this Songs & Scripture personal Bible study and hope it blesses you to know what Bible verses are behind the lyrics of worship songs.

Nothing can separate (Romans 8:38-39)
Even if I ran away (Psalm 139:7-10)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

I know I still make mistakes (Romans 7:15-19)
But You have new mercies for me everyday (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You stay the same through the ages (Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
Your love never changes (Malachi 3:6)
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid (Psalm 46:1-3, 1 John 4:18)
Because I know that You love me (Psalm 59:17, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:9-101 John 4:16)  Note: I had to cut these off! There are so many verse about God’s love for us! I hope you take that away!

Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The wind is strong and the water’s deep (Matthew 14:30-31)
But I’m not alone in these open seas (Mark 4:37-41)
Cause Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

The chasm is far too wide (Isaiah 59:1-2Luke 16:26)
I never thought I’d reach the other side (John 5:24)
But Your love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

You make, all things, work together for my good. (Romans 8:28)

Finally, I want to share a perhaps more beautiful video than Jesus Culture’s version: a young girl named Shaela Warkentin, in a hospital bed singing Your Love Never Fails after being left blind by a car accident. May her testimony encourage you of the truth in the Scriptures behind this song.

With love,