31 days: our god

I’ve heard several different conversations about several different topics these past few days that have me thinking. Sometimes I’m thinking, “where is God in this?” Sometimes I’ve been thinking, “wow! God’s doing amazing things here.” Other times I’ve been thinking, “okay, God, you just need to show up here.” And other time’s I’ve thought, “praise God!” The underlying thing that keeps popping into my head through hearing all of these stories and conversations is a song I’ve loved for a few years now, but it’s not played quite so much anymore, although I’ve heard it on the radio several times in just the past few days alone: Our God.

This song speaks to the nature of God. It’s full of adjectives that describe God. The song sticks with you and becomes almost a song of comfort for when you do hear a plethora of stories about what’s going on in the world and in people’s lives. The song reminds us, in a fun way, that there really is none like God, and that God really is for us. Not in the “prosperity gospel” sense of understanding God’s blessings, but in the sense that God created us to love us and be with us, so that’s exactly what God’s going to do – be with us and love us through everything in our lives. God’s on our side and isn’t going anywhere, no matter where we may go with or apart from God.

Our God
by Chris Tomlin

Water, You turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You

Into the darkness, You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

Into the darkness, You shine
Out of the ashes, we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against
Then what could stand against

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against
What could stand against
What could stand against

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God
Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

The first time I heard this song was at Passion City Church’s Good Friday service in Atlanta in 2010. The song had been played live before, but wasn’t yet available to radio, to purchase on CD/iTunes and it certainly wasn’t yet available to worship leaders who wanted to sing it in their congregations – which is what I was clamoring for our church at the time to do in worship. I remember calling our local radio station and asking them to play the song, only to be told it hadn’t been released to radio yet but as soon as it was they would put it in rotation. I searched the CCLI website daily to be able to download it for the praise band as soon as it went live. We introduced it to the youth and they had the same reaction to it that we did – in fact, it became their theme for youth sunday that year. It’s still, to this day, one of my favorite youth sunday themes and t-shirts that we created at New Kirk.

If you’ve never experienced the song, please take a few moments to worship Our God as you listen to the words and read the lyrics.
And may you be blessed in the hearing and reading of these words.

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