I know people fall into many different camps when it comes to worship music – hymns, modern, contemporary, fast, slow, rock, acoustic, and everything in between. There’s something special about music. There is power in declarative words, and lyrical theology that stirs the deep places in the soul.
For me, whether its a hymn, or Vineyard, or Bethel, worship music has only one purpose: to glorify the Most High God. There are millions of songs out there with that purpose in mind, and today, I want to share with you one of my favorite songs.
I serve on my local church worship team playing the bass guitar (which is also the coolest instrument) and I’ve been running sound since high school. Our church sings a lot of modern, contemporary worship music, but we always make room to sneak in a hymn or two. There is amazing theology in old hymns: “A mighty Fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our Helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.” “Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.” And another favorite: “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow: blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
The song I want to share with you today is a newer song called Anchor by Hillsong (specifically Ben Fielding and Dean Ussher). I think if there is one message that our world needs to hear is that there is hope. We fail. We succeed. We live. We love. We try again. But there is always hope. This song hits that chord with me, and challenges me to find my anchor in God.
I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You
With endless love
All my fear is swept away
I will trust in You
This first section invokes an image of being lost at sea. I cling to this hope that I can make it. I’m not afraid, and I trust in Him, even during this storm. I love when lyrics meet where I’m at. And honestly, I’m right here: Surviving the storm, and clinging to anything I can. But! There is hope. (Let’s peek at the chorus next)
There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Mic drop! There is hope in Christ’s death and resurrection! He gave everything, and that is what I can cling to. That our God loves so deeply, with never-ending reach. He is unshakable, and has me in His hands. I’m not hanging on to an empty hope, but a promise.
Doesn’t that make you want to shout? The next part of the song gives you that opportunity. This song reads like a well-rounded story, and ends with a moment of declaration. Struggle. Rescue. Victory.
Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You
Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You
Check out the song here – Anchor by Hillsong. Take a few minutes to listen to these words and sneak a glimpse into how the right words can stir the deep places in your soul. This is seriously one of my favorite songs – not just because of the awesome drum cut towards the end, but ya know… that is pretty cool and those are so much fun live.
Do you attend a church that sings hymns or contemporary music? What’s a song, or line, or phrase that really speaks to your soul? I’d love to get a link, or to listen to your favorite song! Drop a comment below, or find me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Until next time!
As a bonus, here’s another of my current favorite songs. Touch of Heaven