Songs & Scripture: Cornerstone & My Hope is Built On Nothing Less

It is impossible to do a Songs & Scripture post on Cornerstone (Hillsong) without doing one of the original hymn My Hope is Built on Nothing Less by Edward Mote. I hope you enjoy this double post!

Cornerstone
CCLI#6158927
Written By: Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, and William Batchelder Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Than Jesus blood and righteousness (John 6:53-54, Romans 3:21-23, Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:4-6)
I dare not trust the sweetest frame (Psalm 103:14 KJV, Isaiah 29:16 KJV, Hebrews 11:3, KJV, 1 John 2:15-17)
But wholly trust in Jesus name (John 20:31, Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, 1 Timothy 2:5)
(x3)

[Chorus:]
Christ alone; cornerstone (Psalm 118:22-23, Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17-18, Acts 4:11, Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6-8)
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love (Ezekiel 34:16, 1 Corinthians 1:25-27, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Hebrews 11:34)
Through the storm, He is Lord (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face (Job 13:24, Psalm 13:1, Psalm 27:9, Psalm 30:7, Psalm 44:24, Psalm 69:17, Psalm 88:14, Psalm 102:2, Psalm 104:29, psalm 139:11-12, Psalm 143:7, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:2)
I rest on His unchanging grace (Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 4:16, 1 Peter 5:10, James 1:17)
In every high and stormy gale (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
My anchor holds within the veil (x2) (Hebrews 6:19 KJV)

[chorus repeats x 2]

When He shall come with trumpet sound, (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 10:7, Revelation 11:15)
Oh, may I then in Him be found; (Philippians 3:9)
Dressed in His righteousness alone, (Psalm 132:9, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 61:10, Zechariah 3:3-5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:9, Revelation 19:8, Revelation 22:14)
Faultless stand before the throne. (Ephesians 3:12, Ephesians 5:25-32, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, Revelation 7:14, Revelation 19:7-9)

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Written by: Edward Mote (in 1834!)

My hope is built on nothing less (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. (John 6:53-54, Romans 3:21-23, Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:4-6)
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, (Psalm 103:14 KJV, Isaiah 29:16 KJV, Hebrews 11:3, KJV, 1 John 2:15-17)
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name. (John 20:31, Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, 1 Timothy 2:5)

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, (Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:47-48, 1 Corinthians 10:4)
All other ground is sinking sand (x2) (Matthew 7:26-27, Luke 6:49)

When darkness seems to hide His face, (Job 13:24, Psalm 13:1, Psalm 27:9, Psalm 30:7, Psalm 44:24, Psalm 69:17, Psalm 88:14, Psalm 102:2, Psalm 104:29, psalm 139:11-12, Psalm 143:7, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:2)
I rest on His unchanging grace. (Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 4:16, 1 Peter 5:10, James 1:17)
In every high and stormy gale, (Isaiah 25:4, Matthew 8:24-26)
My anchor holds within the veil. (Hebrews 6:19)

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood, (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 15:22, Hebrews 12:24, Hebrews 13:20)
Support me in the whelming flood. (Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:47-48)
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay. (Ephesians 1:12, Colossians 1:27, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 3:15)

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound, (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 10:7, Revelation 11:15)
Oh may I then in Him be found. (Philippians 3:9)
Dressed in His righteousness alone, (Psalm 132:9, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 61:10, Zechariah 3:3-5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:9, Revelation 19:8, Revelation 22:14)
Faultless to stand before the throne. (Ephesians 3:12, Ephesians 5:25-32, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, Revelation 7:14, Revelation 19:7-9)

Refrain

Related posts:

Cornerstone–Explained–really great explanation of “I dare not trust the sweetest frame” lyric
What does it mean that Jesus is the cornerstone?

My anchor holds within the veil— excellent post by Joy In the Wilderness on the meaning of this line
Worship Together: Cornerstone

 

Sorry it’s been so long since the last post!! I am working on several behind the scenes. You should see some more posts in the next few months!

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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!

Thrive
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: “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. 

Songs & Scripture: “How Great is Our God” (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves)

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful privilege of worshiping with some of the ladies of my church at a women’s retreat, and we sang this song and it was the most precious moment of the retreat together.

In honor of that I wanted to go deeper into this song, and discovered it is rich with Scripture and theology. The lines about God as the Father, Spirit, and Son especially became sweeter to me after studying the Scriptures filled with those references. I hope this study blesses you to know how great is our God!!

How Great is Our God
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 4348399
(c) 2004 sixsteps Music

The splendor of a king (Psalm 96:9, Psalm 104:1, Isaiah 33:17, Isaiah 33:22)
Clothed in majesty (Job 37:22, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 104:1)
Let all the earth rejoice (1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 96:11, 13, Psalm 97:1)
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, (Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 60:19, 1 Timothy 6:16, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5)
And darkness tries to hide (Psalm 139:12, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79, Luke 2:32, John 1:4-5, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9)
And trembles at His voice (Psalm 46:6, Jeremiah 10:10, Nahum 1:5)
Trembles at His voice

[CHORUS:]
How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God (Exodus 18:11, 2 Chronicles 2:5, Psalm 48:1, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 95:3, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 104:1, Psalm 135:5, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 150:2, Job 36:26)

Age to age He stands (Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:27, Job 36:26, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 43:13, Habakkuk 1:12, Hebrews 13:8)
And time is in His hands (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102: 25, Isaiah 41:4)
Beginning and the end (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 44:6, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13)
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son (Matthew 28:19, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, Romans 14:17-18, Romans 15:16, 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18-22, Ephesians 3:14-19, Colossians 1:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 1:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Titus 3:4-6)
Lion and the Lamb (Genesis 49:9, Hosea 5:14, John 1:29, John 1:36, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 5:5-6,  Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 21:22, Revelation 22:3)
Lion and the Lamb

[Chorus repeats]

Name above all names (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9-11)
Worthy of all praise (1 Chronicles 16:25, Psalm 18:3, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:12)
My heart will sing (Psalm 30:12)
How great is our God

[Chorus x 3]
Related Posts:

I found these sites exceedingly helpful in putting a list of verses together about the Trinity and laying out that doctrine:
Is the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible?
God as a Trinity

This site was great in pointing out some verses I hadn’t considered, and also was just a great devotional on the song!:
Story Song: How Great Is Our God

Songs & Scripture: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, & Salomon Ligthelm)

Of course, this song alludes to Peter being called out by Jesus to walk on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), but is the cry of my heart to obey Jesus wherever he leads me and trust him regardless. I hope the other Scripture references deepen your worship to God as you sing this.

Update February 2017: I think it is worth reading another perspective by the Faithful Stewardship Blog on this song, and why the much-beloved “Oceans” may not be Biblical. It is a song that could be interpreted in many ways, and that is where its weakness lies, as well as the focus on Peter rather than the Lord who was the only One who walked on the water successfully. It certainly caused me to think. I will leave this post up but please weigh these things and consider them against Scripture. You will notice there were several lines I could not find verses to back up, which should give us as Christians pause.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
CCLI# 6428767
Copyright 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing

Verse 1
You call me out upon the waters (Matthew 14:28-29)
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery (Colossians 2:2-3)
In oceans deep my faith will stand (Matthew 14:30-31)

Chorus

I will call upon Your Name (Psalm 116:2, 4, 13, 17, Lamentations 3:55-57, Joel 2:32Matthew 14:30, Romans 10:13)
And keep my eyes above the waves (Matthew 14:30)
When oceans rise (Genesis 7, Psalm 46:1-3)
My soul will rest in Your embrace (Jeremiah 6:16Matthew 11:29, Luke 15:18-24)
For I am Yours and You are mine (Song of Solomon 6:3, Song of Solomon 7:10)

Verse 2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters (Psalm 42:7, Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
Your sovereign hand will be my guide (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Job 42:2Psalm 31:3Psalm 73:24, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 1:6)
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me (Matthew 14:30)
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now (Joshua 23:14)

Bridge
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders (Matthew 4:1, John 14:16-17John 16:13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16-18)
Let me walk upon the waters (Matthew 14:28)
Wherever You would call me (Genesis 12:11 Corinthians 7:17)
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander (Exodus 14:21-22Ezekiel 47:1-9)
And my faith will be made stronger (Romans 4:19-20)
In the presence of my Savior

Related Posts
Song Truth: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

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)athletesinaction.org.

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)

[Chorus:]
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]

[Bridge:]
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” (WorshipSpeaks.com)

Related posts:
“Praying Lay Me Down by Chris Tomlin” (Six11.Wordpress.Com)
“Lay Me Down” (WhataChristianGirlWants.Wordpress.com)

 

Songs & Scripture: “Everlasting God (Strength will Rise)” (Brenton Brown, Ken Riley)

“It wasn’t like I got a word in the night and woke up and I heard God say, ‘Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.’ It wasn’t one of those special moments. I mean I do remember people praying that over me. Of course, the danger with suffering from a chronic illness without being healed is you grow cold to some words. But I was pretty intentional about it. This is God’s promise to us. However it works out, however he chooses to bring His strength. He hasn’t chosen the way I would have chosen, so to sing those words, for me, it’s almost a redeeming action. This is where I am at, this is the truth of God, and this is His promise. He will look after my wife and me, and he will carry us through this time.”

~Brenton Brown, on writing “Everlasting God”, excerpt from this article on WorshipLeader.Com

Soaring Eagle
Soaring Eagle (Photo credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines))

Do you ever feel exhausted? Like, mind-numbing, fall-asleep-on-your-feet, not even have an emotional response for anything, exhausted? That pretty much sums up a lot of nursing school for me. The verses that I often went back to during that period of my life were Isaiah 40:28-31, which are the large basis for the song Everlasting God.

Whenever I can, I try to link to the story behind a worship song, and how worship pastor Brenton Brown initially started writing this song is an amazing testimony. Both he and his wife were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), leaving them both physically and mentally drained. Maybe that’s you today. So read these lyrics encouraged, knowing that they’re not only heavily Scripturally based, but also written by someone who intimately knows what it’s like to be exhausted and has experienced God’s promise to carry you through it.

As usual, I’ve included the Scriptures that the original author of the song was thinking about, but have also included many cross-references to other Scriptures that relate to the lyrics as well.

For the full story behind Everlasting God, click here.

Everlasting God
Written by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley
CCLI#: 4556538

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord (Psalm 31:24Isaiah 40:29-31, Isaiah 41:10)
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord (Psalm 27:14, Psalm 130:5-6, Proverbs 20:22Isaiah 8:17) (x2)

Our God, You reign forever (Exodus 15:18, Psalm 146:10, Lamentations 5:19, Revelation 11:15)
Our hope, our strong deliverer (Psalm 18:2, Psalm 56:13Psalm 144:2, Jeremiah 14:22, 2 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 10:23)

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary (Genesis 21:33, Psalm 121:4Isaiah 40:28)

You’re the defender of the weak (Psalm 12:5, Psalm 18:2-3, Psalm 59:9-10, Psalm 91:1-2)
You comfort those in need (Isaiah 40:1, Isaiah 51:12, Isaiah 66:132 Corinthians 1:3-4)
You lift us up on wings like eagles (Psalm 103:5Isaiah 40:31)

You are the everlasting God (Genesis 21:33Isaiah 40:28)
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting (repeat x 2)

With love,

Lauren

p.s. Officially in the 5 digits for hits on the blog! Wow. I remember posting about getting 500 hits just a little while ago, and before starting this blog a short 5 months ago I would never have expected it to grow so exponentially. Thanks to everyone for reading, hope the music and the Scriptures bless you richly!