Theme Verse: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Thought: Written in the style of Taize which uses repetition as a form of emphasis , "Strength of Will" is a song about sanctification. Sanctification has been a tricky topic for Lutherans to discuss, and yet even more-so for Lutherans in public worship. What I attempted to do in this song was to talk about sanctification in terms of the will, highlighting that it is a difficult thing for us so we continually ask God to work in us.
The verses of the song proclaim God's strong will, his ability to follow through in difficult situations. The examples in the songs are when the Father allows His Son to die on the cross, and when the Son likewise willingly forgoes his rights on the cross). The bridge then professes that we are selfish and so we ask God to help us seek His kingdom. The song then ends with a prayer akin to the Lord's Prayer: "Let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done, in our hearts as it is in heaven." It is not enough to have the example of God's strong will, but we need for Him to impart on us that strength in Christ.
Keys: Alan Cross
El. Guitar: Matthew Von Doran
Bass: Carl Caspersen
Drums: Keith Harris
Acoustic Guitars / Vocals: Steve Zank