Song Theology

Near to us | Theology

By November 29, 2018September 26th, 2019No Comments

A note

Every line has verses associated with it. My intention is not to proof-text, just because you can find a one-liner verse that supports a line in a song doesn’t mean that line is right. It is the context of the passage and the context of the song that matter. You have to take into account the whole biblical picture as well. I have done an explanation for anything I thought could use it. This is just a starting place and I would encourage you to check the words to scripture yourself and please contact us through the website if you think we have made errors. We aren’t perfect.


Like the early sky awaken us (Psalm 57:8-11) Rouse our hearts from the deepest sleep (Revelation 4:2) To see Your glory upon the earth (Psalm 19:1) Help us live as Your hands and feet (Titus 3:14)

It is a common cry of the Psalms that God would awaken us (Psalm 57:8-11). If we are not awake, that is not Good. Revelation 3:1-2 says, “I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die.” We will know that we are awake if we desire to see God’s glory and do his will. The truth is that we don’t do this perfectly and so we can always ask God for this—and we should desire this (1 John 2:3; Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 7:15).


Lord, your glory fills (1 Corinthians 3:16) All who seek You first with gladness (Matthew 6:33) In your faithfulness (2 Timothy 2:13) You will strengthen and uphold us (Isaiah 41:10) Remain near to us (Psalm 22:11)

In the Old Covenant, God’s glory was within the temple but now in the New Covenant the Spirit of God (2 Chronicles 5:14; 1 Corinthians 3:16) God’s very glory, dwells within the hearts of those who are his. We know that God won’t leave us but we show our reliance upon him in our cry to him.


You plant the seeds and call us to move (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 10:2) Across the soil reaping unto You (Ephesians 10:2) Praise on our lips as we see Your truth (John 4:23) Nations, Lord, You will make anew (Revelation 7:9)

This is to say that God is planning ahead of us in the work that he is doing, we simply do the work which he has placed before us to do, Ephesians 2:10 says as much. As we see God’s truth we praise him, as we see what he is doing we can confidently proclaim that he will make nations anew, with the end in mind (Revelation 7:9).


When our eyes can’t see (Hebrews 11:1) And we fail to speak (Psalm 73:26) Help us rise again (2 Corinthians 4:17) When our hearts condemn (1 John 3:20) Let Your word stand firm (2 Timothy 2:15) Let Your truth defend (2 Timothy 2:15)

Here we cry when things are difficult when we lose our way that God would bring us back into the fold again to do his will. When our hearts condemn us that we are not good enough, we can know that God has saved us through his word, that it is his work and not ours. 1 John 3:30 says, for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. God knows our worst even more than we do and yet he loves us still.

This is a personal song, but a really beautiful admission of our need for God every day. We must stand by his truth even as we fail so we can stand firm in God’s salvation and use it as our platform to go out and do his will.

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