For the Word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. (Psalm 33:4)
This song was published by the Worship Art Leadership Institute's (WALi) "Armchair Project." They took it from the key of D to the key of E, and had a woman sing it. I love this relaxed arrangement and what a voice!
The idea for the song came from a time I was reading through the book of Job, especially chapter 37. It is the end of Elihu's speech to Job in which he argues that Job should maintain that God is righteous, just, and redemptive in the midst of his suffering.
Elihu says: "Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back."
Wow, I thought to myself. If only I experienced God's voice in that way - especially His application and guidance for my own life. I know and believe He speaks to me through His Word and visits me through His sacraments and yet I still want to hear his voice like that. Like lightning, in a roar, to me and clearly.
So the song. It begins by acknowledging the truth that we all experience; that when times get hard we can find ourselves straining to hear God's voice through the chaos. This is a reality we face in fear, and in fear we may even begin to believe He is absent... ------>
...The chorus and bridge are prayers for God to speak to us, to speak truthfully and lovingly and in His way. In it we come humble before Him to simply say: speak to us, we yearn for it. Make yourself known as we come to You in faith through Jesus.
The song then ends with a verse echoing the situation of the first verse: a tumultuous storm. And yet this time we re-approach the situation through the eyes of faith and say: "the storm rains and the only thing I believe - in power you reign over me, you reign over everything." Amen to that. Come Lord Jesus.
Arranged/Produced: Corey Witt
Engineer and Mixdown: Chris Steffen
Drums: Bryan Taylor
Keys: Michael Lee
Bass: Sean Hurley
Guitars: Tim Neinhuis & Corey Witt
Vocals: Emily Hamilton
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