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: “Psalm 139” (Sons of Korah)

If you have ever wished you were better at memorizing Scripture, as I have, think about how many songs you can sing by heart. I can belt out the lyrics to songs I haven’t heard in years, and I bet you can too.

Sons of Korah is a group of talented musicians from Australia who have put a large majority of the Psalms to music. As a result, I have memorized a large portion of the Psalms despite my supposed inability to memorize and retain Scripture. 🙂

In my devos the other day I read Psalm 139, and I was reminded of one of my favorites of theirs based on the majority of that psalm. I hope you enjoy.

Psalm 139 (Based on Psalm 139:1-18)
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Members of the Sons of Korah: Matthew Jacoby, Spike Avery, Rod Wilson, Bruce Walker, Rod Gear and Ann-Maree Keene
Note: I normally put the exact lyrics below and the Scripture references in links to the right of each line, but I felt it was more appropriate to put the Scripture and let you listen along with the song to see how it really is Scripture put to music. To see the whole Psalm including the verses not in the song, click on the link.

Psalm 139 (NIV)
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

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)
“Lay Me Down” (


Songs & Scripture: “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” (Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche)

"They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them....And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" ~Matthew 21:7, 9  (Photo credit: Andreas Krappweis)
“They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them….And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” ~Matthew 21:7, 9 (Photo credit: Andreas Krappweis)

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
CCLI#: 4662491

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You, we turn to You (2 Chronicles 20:12, Psalm 113:3Acts 14:15)
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You, we long for You (Psalm 63:1, Psalm 84:2Isaiah 26:8-9James 4:8)
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day (Exodus 15:2Psalm 46:1, Psalm 73:26Psalm 138:3, Nehemiah 8:10b, Ephesians 3:16-19, 1 Timothy 1:12, 1 Peter 4:11)
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away, washed away (Exodus 14:13-14Psalm 46:1-3, 1 John 4:18)


Hosanna, hosanna (Matthew 21:9)
You are the God Who saves us, worthy of all our praises (2 Samuel 22:4/Psalm 18:3, John 3:16, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Timothy 1:15)
Hosanna, hosanna (Matthew 21:9)
Come have Your way among us (Exodus 33:13Psalm 86:11, Mark 14:35-36, James 4:7)
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Hear the sound of hearts returning to You, we turn to You (Deuteronomy 4:29-31Joel 2:12-13Acts 14:15)
In Your Kingdom broken lives are made new, You make us new (Isaiah 43:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:5)
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day (Exodus 15:2Psalm 46:1Psalm 73:26Psalm 138:3Nehemiah 8:10bEphesians 3:16-191 Timothy 1:121 Peter 4:11)
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away, washed away (Exodus 14:13-14Psalm 46:1-31 John 4:18)

Songs & Scripture: “After All (Holy)” (David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson)

Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater...
Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater of the Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii (Photo credit: LoveBigIsland)

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)
CCLI# 6191221
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson

I can’t comprehend your infinitely beautiful and perfect love (Isaiah 61:10, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16John 15:3)
Oh I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars (1 Chronicles 16:23-27, Psalm 8:3-4)
But they’re never bright enough after all (Isaiah 60:19)

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)

I will sing a song for you my God with everything I have in me (Psalm 108:1)
But it’s never loud enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory (Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 6:3Ezekiel 43:2Romans 1:19-20)
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory (2 Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 1:27)
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory (John 12:13Acts 7:55-56, Hebrews 1:1-4)
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory (Psalm 23:5)
Hosanna we are found after all you are (Philippians 3:8-9Colossians 3:3)

Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

With love,


Songs & Scripture: “One Thing Remains (Love Never Fails)” (Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black)

Photo credit:

Jesus Culture made this song popular, and for good reason!

However, originally the song was written by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, and Christa Black, so my thanks go to them for a heart-moving and truth-saturated worship song.

I’ve changed it up by linking some of the verses to the NIV version because that version more closely follows the song lyrics.

Higher than the mountains that I face (Psalm 46:1-3)
Stronger than the power of the grave (Acts 2:24-27, Romans 6:9, Hebrews 2:14-15)
Constant through the trial and the change (Numbers 23:19Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
One thing remains (x2) (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me (x3) (1 Corinthians 13:7-8, 2 Timothy 2:13)

On and one and on and on it goes (Psalm 100:5Psalm 136, Ephesians 3:17-19)
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul (Psalm 90:14, Psalm 103:5Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 31:25, John 7:37-38)
And I never ever have to be afraid (Psalm 23:4Psalm 27:1-3Psalm 91:5-7, Luke 12:4-5, Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:71 John 4:18)
One thing remains

In death and in life (Romans 14:8)
I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love (Psalm 91:4)
My debt is paid (Matthew 18:23-27, Colossians 2:13-14)
There’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love (Romans 8:37-39)

With love,


Songs & Scripture: “You Are My Portion” (Darrell Evans)

“The antidote for worry is worship.”

~quoted by Pastor Milton Campbell, The Midtown Bridge Church, Atlanta, GA, original source unknown

This song has blessed me in times of great anxiety and worry, and it has been playing over and over in my head this week as my pastor has been preaching out of Matthew 6. It’s an oldie but a goodie! There is a ton of Scripture hidden in these lyrics, I’ve tried to tease out the most obvious.

(sorry, the lyric video was taken down, but this man does a really great rendition!)

You Are My Portion (by Darrell Evans)

Father I will not worry about tomorrow or all of its questions (Matthew 6:34)
Father I will just trust you (Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:5, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
And I will be waiting for treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20)

My heart is with you for there my treasure lies (Matthew 6:21, Matthew 13:44)
My eyes are on you for you are my delight (Matthew 6:22-23, Hebrews 12:1-2)


Though I may not wear the garments of princes (Matthew 6:29-30)
You are my portion (x2) (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 119:57, Psalm 142:5, Lamentations 3:24)
For you clothe me in your righteousness (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 13:12-14, Galatians 3:27, Revelation 3:18)
You are my portion (x2)
Though I may not sit at the table of kings (2 Samuel 9:13)
You are my portion (x2)
For you feed me from the abundance of your hand (Psalm 23:5, Ezekiel 3:3)
You are my portion
You are my portion, Lord


My everything, you meet my every need (Philippians 4:19)
You cover me (Ruth 3:9, Psalm 91:4)
And make me be at peace (John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16)


Maybe you’re worried because you haven’t been worshipping. If so, I pray the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart & your mind in Christ Jesus today. He is our Peace.

With love,