Stuart Townend again. This time in collaboration with Mark Edwards.
It is hard to find a better contemporary illustration of genuine Christian hope in contrast to psuedo Christian triumphalism than the lyrics of this song.
There’s a lot that I’d like to write about the state of contemporary songwriting, but little of it is edifying so I won’t. Suffice to say I think other songwriters could write material of this type but their theology of worship and the Christian life mean that these sorts of sentiments don’t mean anything to them. It’s hard to sell prosperity, health and self realisation with songs like these. Enough. On with the song.
There is a hope that burns within my heart,
That gives me strength for every passing day;
A glimpse of glory now revealed in meagre part,
Yet drives all doubt away:
I stand in Christ, with sins forgiven;
And Christ in me, the hope of heaven!
My highest calling and my deepest joy,
To make His will my home.
There is a hope that lifts my weary head,
A consolation strong against despair,
That when the world has plunged me in its deepest pit,
I find the Saviour there!
Through present sufferings, future’s fear,
He whispers ‘courage’ in my ear.
For I am safe in everlasting arms,
And they will lead me home.
There is a hope that stands the test of time,
That lifts my eyes beyond the beckoning grave,
To see the matchless beauty of a day divine
When I behold His face!
When sufferings cease and sorrows die,
And every longing satisfied.
Then joy unspeakable will flood my soul,
For I am truly home.
Stuart Townend & Mark Edwards
Copyright © 2007 Thankyou Music
This youtube is the story behind the song, as told by Stuart Townend.
This one is the song itself. (Six and a half minutes)