This song represents so much of this year’s journey for me.
It was the first song I wrote this year (2018). One Sunday morning, our pastor had all the songwriters stand and prayed over us for new songs to be written this year and so I went home and sat at the piano and started to write. Some songs take months to complete but this one was simply writing down what was on my heart. And the structure of the song reflects this. The different parts of the song flow from one to the other, and almost feel more like four choruses than the usual verse, chorus, bridge structure.
I was inspired by Psalm 63. I wanted to write a song of recommitment to God. A song of gratitude – God is my God. I considered my life past present and future and was blown away to remember that God’s word says that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And I can certainly say that so far that has been the case in my life. Those verses from Psalm 23 speaks of God’s character and faithfulness.
I wanted a response that people could join in with – I will lift my hands and sing! A demonstration of both confident praise and surrender. The final part of the song declares that there is no-one like God in the heavens or on Earth. There is no one who can match the majesty of Jesus. This is the crescendo that our meditation on God and worship of Him leads us to. The realisation that there is no-one and nothing that compares to Him.
I put this orchestral version together using my Korg PA700. I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of arranging and composing music. The KORG has fantastic quality sounds. I enjoy orchestral music because of the richness of sound and the multiple melodies and harmonies you can create. I still have a lot to learn in this aspect of music but I’m enjoying growing on the journey. I’ve had the idea of an orchestral version of this song in my head for a while because I think it compliments the visceral nature of the song.
I hope in sharing this song is that it will inspire you to write the song on your heart. The songs that emerge may never be for public consumption but you never know where it may lead. Keep the songs flowing. Always start with and come back to a place of worship.