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
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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: “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” (John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker)

Trumpet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing about this hymn redone by Casting Crowns is that there were multiple glorious days in God’s story of redemption.

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Michael Bleecker wrote the music to this modern rendition but the lyrics are all taken from the hymn “One Day” by John Wilbur Chapman, composed in 1910.

There is so much packed into this song that it took me multiple days to look up all of the Scripture references. Sorry it’s been so long since the last Songs & Scripture post!

On a quick note: I found some debates online about the theology of the chorus.  In my opinion, “living, dying, buried, rising, coming” as a WHOLE makes being loved, saved, sins being carried away, being justified possible. And I think that’s how the original author of the hymn meant it to be, not to be a “living=loving” “dying=saving”, etc. kind of interpretation.  If you took out any of those pieces of Jesus’ life, we would not be singing any songs about him because it would all fall apart!

What are your thoughts? Of course, I think it’s important to sing songs that are biblically accurate, but at the same time I don’t believe we always have to be singing word for word Bible verses.

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
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Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, and Michael Bleecker

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises (Isaiah 6:1-5, Daniel 7:13-14)
One day when sin was as black as could be (Psalm 38:3-8, Psalm 51:3-5, Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 6:23Romans 3:23)
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-25Luke 1:26-38)
Dwelt among men, my example is He (John 13:12-17Romans 15:1-3)
Word became flesh and the light shined among us (John 1:4-514)
His glory revealed (Matthew 17:1-2John 1:14)

Living, He loved me (John 3:16, John 15:9, 12, Galatians 2:20)
Dying, He saved me (John 3:17, John 10:11)
Buried, He carried my sins far away (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:6-7)
Rising, He justified freely forever (Romans 3:21-26Romans 4:25Romans 8:3-4)
One day He’s coming (John 14:1-3Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 22:12, 20)*
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain (Luke 23:33 KJV)
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree (Psalm 22:16, Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24, Luke 23:33-34, John 19:16-18)
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3-4)
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He (Isaiah 53:12)
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree (2 Chronicles 7:14)
And took the nails for me (Isaiah 53:5-6, Colossians 2:13-14)


One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door (Matthew 28:2, Mark 16:4, Luke 24:1-2, John 20:1)
Then He arose, over death He had conquered (Matthew 28:7Mark 16:6, 1 Corinthians 15:16-20)
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9-11)
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him (Acts 2:24)
From rising again


One day the trumpet will sound for His coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 11:15-19)
One day the skies with His glories will shine (Matthew 24:27Luke 21:27Revelation 1:7)
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine


Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day

*As with the line “one day he’s coming” I had to cut off the number of Scriptures I included for many of the lines. But I’d like to continue on this topic: often Jesus’ second coming is not preached often enough on in the Western Church, but there are dozens of Scriptures on this very topic. I don’t want to assume this is common knowledge, unfortunately, after a friend I knew who had been going to church for years was surprised when I mentioned Jesus’ second coming and had no idea what I was referring to. Why is that so tragic?

Because like all the other parts of the story, Jesus’ second coming is crucial: the final piece of the puzzle to our redemption: only through Jesus’ second coming do we have hope of eternal life!

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Hebrews 9:28

For more on Jesus’ return I recommend this site.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

With love,