I remember singing this song in youth group growing up, but have recently come back to it. ‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day is still the cry of my heart.
After a time of singing my heart out to God, or glimpsing Him through nature, or reading a familiar Bible passage anew as if God wrote it exactly for me, or someone’s unexpected kindness, or a story of redemption, or another amazing piece of evidence of God’s existence or the validity of the Bible, that’s when I find strength to face another day.
Written by Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche
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)
Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, and Michael Bleecker
*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
David Crowder Band has put out some pretty awesome worship songs, but when I was listening to this one on the radio, I almost pulled my car over it was so good and I couldn’t help but praise God.
The lyrics are so poetic that often it’s hard to find a verse exactly quoted, but nevertheless very biblical, so I’ve included verses that are related to the lyrics or further prove their point for this Songs & Scripture post.
After All (Holy)
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson
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:
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!
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 howthat 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.
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.