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: “Lay Me Down” (Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, and Matt Redman)

I’m dedicating this Songs & Scripture post to a good long-time friend and North American missionary, Owen Grey, who works with Athletes in Action at Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. He introduced this song to me just a few days ago (yeah, I guess I’m behind the times) and told me it’s one of his favorites because the song is basically about letting God take control and yielding to him.

This is something Owen would know about, because he didn’t originally plan to go into ministry full-time:

“During my 4 years at Eastern Michigan University the Lord used my time competing on the swim team to introduce me to the need my fellow athletes had for Jesus. In my senior year I had the opportunity to disciple two underclassmen on my team who were new to their relationship with Christ. Experiencing their passion, excitement, and desire for a changed life as a result gave me far more joy and sense of purpose than the engineering degree I was studying. Through these experiences I have felt God’s call into the vocation of full-time ministry, specifically with athletes.”

If you’d like to learn about supporting Owen’s ministry, you can click here or email him directly at owen.grey(at)

As usual for all my Songs & Scripture posts, I have links to related Bible verses after each lyric. (You can right click to select “open in new tab” if you don’t want to keep hitting “back” every time you look up a verse).

Lay Me Down
CCLI#: 6223577
Written by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, and Matt Redman

[Verse 1:]
With this heart open wide (Proverbs 15:11Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:142 Corinthians 6:11-13)
From the depths from the heights (Psalm 95:4)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23, Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)
With these hands lifted high (Psalm 28:2, Psalm 63:4, Psalm 134:2Psalm 141:2, Lamentations 3:41, 1 Timothy 2:8)
Hear my song, hear my cry (Psalm 27:7, Psalm 61:1)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)
I will bring a sacrifice (Psalm 50:23Psalm 51:17Romans 12:1Hebrews 13:15)

I lay me down I’m not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
I belong to you alone (Romans 1:6, Romans 6:22Romans 7:4)
Lay me down, lay me down (John 15:12-14, 1 John 3:16)
Hand on my heart this much is true
There’s no life apart from you (Matthew 16:24-26, Mark 8:34-36, John 6:67-69, John 14:6, Romans 6:23Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:1-5, Colossians 2:13-14)
Lay me down, lay me down
Lay me down, lay me down

[Verse 2:]
Letting go of my pride (2 Chronicles 7:14Philippians 2:3, James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6-7)
Giving up all my rights (1 Corinthians 9:18)
Take this life and let it shine (Matthew 5:15-16, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Philippians 2:14-15)
Take this life and let it shine

[Chorus repeats]

It will be my joy to say Your will Your way (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:42, Luke 22:42)
It will be my joy to say Your will Your way
It will be my joy to say Your will Your way always


Credit to this post for getting me started on the references:
Lay Me Down By Chris Tomlin” (

Related posts:
“Praying Lay Me Down by Chris Tomlin” (Six11.Wordpress.Com)
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Songs & Scripture: “We Praise Your Name” (Trent Cory)


The Midtown Bridge Church about to start its Easter service in the park at Atlantic Station, Easter, 2013. Taken by me.

When I found my home church, the Midtown Bridge Church, I found a community that treasures its diversity and values that because it reflects the local neighborhood.  Should that be the entire foundation of a church? Absolutely not. A church needs to hold to biblical principles first and foremost, and not exist solely as diversity club.  But especially in geographical areas where racism sadly still rears its ugly head (like in Atlanta), I think it makes sense for a church to make that a (not the) pillar of its mission. And I would argue that fighting for that diversity is biblical especially in those areas. 

Which brings me to the song I selected for my Songs & Scripture post: We Praise Your Name.  Something my church (and small group) does to acknowledge and encourage its intercultural congregation is singing a large variety of worship song styles– from hymns to Hillsong to gospel.  I’ll admit, when I first went to this church, gospel style music made my ultra-white-Vermont-self uncomfortable.  I still love hymns, but gospel has grown on me and I feel blessed to have learned a new style of music to worship my God. My church sings this song often, and I love the fact that Trent Cory, who wrote & sings this song in the video below, is also part of a racially diverse church! Such a refreshing (and sadly not common enough!) blend of music styles in this song.  I hope you enjoy it!

We Praise Your Name
Words and Music by Trent Cory
CCLI#:  5305719

Holy, Holy, Father You are Holy, (Psalm 68:5John 17:11)
There is no one else like You, (2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Psalm 86:8Jeremiah 10:6)
Faithful, Faithful, Father You are Faithful, (Deuteronomy 7:91 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 10:23)
We have put our trust in You, (Psalm 31:14Psalm 52:8Psalm 62:8, Proverbs 3:5)
Our God who reigns, (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Psalm 22:28, Psalm 47:8, Isaiah 66:1, Revelation 5:13)
We praise Your name, (1 Chronicles 29:13Psalm 44:8)

Praise to the only living God, (2 Samuel 22:47Jeremiah 10:10, Revelation 1:17-18)
Praise to the Holy, Faithful one, (Psalm 71:22, Isaiah 49:7, Revelation 3:7)
Hallelujah, We praise Your name, (see above)
There is freedom to dance, in Your presence, (2 Samuel 6:14, Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, Jeremiah 31:13)
Freedom to walk, in liberty (Luke 4:18-192 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1, 13, 1 Peter 2:16
Hallelujah, We praise Your name (see above)

Hallelujah (3x), We praise Your name

With love,


Stirring, we’ll lure you in and we’ll make room for the shade of skin
Short ones, tall ones, skinny ones, bigger, love is the gun and we pullin’ that trigger
So you send me and I’ll send you hope in the form of a new tattoo
Mine is the shiny city on a hill and yours, of course, is the colors that fill it

–Lyric Excerpt from “Diverse City”, by TobyMac

Songs & Scripture: “Take My Life (And Let it Be)” (Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, Louie Giglio)


English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in ...
English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in Johnson City, Tennessee, November 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ok, so I admit it. I’m really into redone hymns. I don’t know if it’s because the writers centuries ago took on more “meat” when they sat down to write or if it’s because our modern songs generally have fewer verses, but I just love them. I love the mix of hardcore lyrics with modern melodies. Here’s another redone classic hymn, Take My Life (and Let it Be) redone by the king of contemporary christian music himself, Chris Tomlin.

The original hymn writer was Frances Havergal (who sounds like one cool lady! A woman skiing the alps in the 1800’s? You go girl!). Ahem, where was I? Havergal wrote this hymn in 1876, and learning the story behind the song only deepened my love for it. You can read that here, since my focus for this blog is to focus on the verses behind song lyrics, and many talented authors have already well-researched the stories!

Frances Ridley Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Searching for the Scriptures for this song was challenging but good.

Everyone seems to have a differing opinion of the central verse of this hymn, but I thought this one seemed to fit the best:

For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. -Leviticus 11:44a

Take My Life (And Let it Be)
CCLI# 4162843
Written by Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, and Louie Giglio

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee. (Leviticus 11:44)
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. (Psalm 90:12)
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:14-15)

Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my king. (Psalm 89:1)
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee. (Psalm 19:14, Psalm 141:3)
Take my silver and my gold not a might would I withhold. (1 Chronicles 29:5, Luke 21:2-4)
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose. (Luke 10:27)

Here am I, all of me. (Isaiah 6:8)
Take my life, it’s all for thee. (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine. (Matthew 6:10Luke 22:42)
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. (Isaiah 57:15, Isaiah 66:1-2, Ezekiel 36:26)
Take my love, my Lord I pour at your feet its treasure store (Matthew 6:21, Luke 6:45)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee, (Romans 12:1, Philippinas 1:20-21)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee.

[chorus repeats]


Shareworthy: “That’s My King!”

There are few words I could add to this video that would not ruin the words belted out by Dr. Lockridge from his “Seven Way King” sermon and hammered home with the skillful typography used here. There is really nothing more I have to say, except, that’s MY King!

On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16, ESV)

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: “Better Is One Day” (Matt Redman)

Modern-day Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Matt Redman originally wrote this song, but I love this version by Charlie Hall. The opening and main cry of the song is from Psalm 84.  I hope you enjoy seeing how the Scriptures are practically quoted for each line of this song.

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Oh Lord Almighty  (Psalm 84:1)
My soul longs and even faints for You (Psalm 84:2)
For here my heart is satisfied, within Your presence (Psalm 63:5)
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 63:7)

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)

One thing I ask, and I would seek, to see Your beauty,
To find You in the place Your glory dwells (Psalm 27:4)
My heart and flesh cry out,
For You the living God (Psalm 84:2 again)
Your Spirit’s water for my soul (Psalm 63:1, Isaiah 44:3John 4:14, Revelation 22:17)
I’ve tasted and I’ve seen, (Psalm 34:8)
Come once again to me.
I will draw near to You. (Ecclesiastes 5:1, Hebrews 4:16James 4:8)
I will draw near to You

Will you draw near to Him today?

With Love,