Posted by Chris Lawson-Jones on 11 September 2017

When I was writing this song with Chris Sayburn, I was thinking back over some of the simplest, yet profound songs I knew, which had been a source of comfort and peace for me in my life. It was a time in my life where I was feeling the weight of being a grown up and all the responsibility and challenge that entails. I wanted to transport myself back to a simpler time, and remember that God has and will be with me throughout all the seasons of life. 

The songs I was reminded of were the likes of ‘The Wise Man Built His House Upon The Rock’ and ‘Away In A Manger’ from my childhood, and ‘I Love You Lord’ which was a standard in the church I grew up in. I love the imagery of Jesus as a rock on which we build our lives, that He is the only foundation that will last. From ‘Away In A Manger’ I have always been moved by the line “I ask You to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray”, it just has such a simple, vulnerable sentiment. 

So, we set about incorporating some of those themes into a new song, the verses speak of making an active choice to trust Jesus with our hopes and fears (and it is a choice). The chorus opens into a declaration of love and worship to “the One who first loved me” to give the worshipper an opportunity to look up and sing something ‘vertical’ to Him, in response to who He is and what He does for us. 

I’ve loved seeing how the song has connected with people and both Chris and I hope that it will continue to help people draw close to Jesus.

More like this

Greatest Hallelujah story video

Matt Redman talks about the inspiration for the story of the song Greatest Hallelujah, which appears on his 13th album Glory Song.

When The World Is In Chaos - Devotional

The third in our series of devotionals from Glenn Packiam, with music from Rivers & Robots. Even as we look around and see a world in chaos, be still for a moment, and you will see that God is in charge. He is Lord of all and one day, He will utter the words that make the storm to cease at last, and all shall be well. Peace will come.

Story Behind the Song Forever Thankful by Miriam Webster

It started with a dream. Not just a picture or a sense impression, but one of those dreams so real it refuses to fade once the day starts." Miriam Webster tells the story behind the song, Forever Thankful

Free Songs

with chords, lyrics and MP3