You Hold It All Together

All Sons & Daughters


All Sons and Daughters

Devotional

What's the story behind the song? 

"This song came together as we were sitting with our good friend Sandra McCracken. We were talking about our stories and where we were in life, and she had this lyric which is the first line of the song, “it feels like an ocean of sorrow is under my skin.” She was having a conversation with a friend and her friend responded with “yes, but even the ocean eventually meets with the sand.” We were sitting there and thought that sounded like a song. We started writing and the words came really quickly. As we were talking about the direction of the song, we thought that there is a beauty to tying in Scripture to our own situations, and we based the chorus of the song on Psalm 118:14"

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 118:14 (NKJV): “The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”

Psalm 59:16-17 (Voice): "But me? I will sing of Your strength. I will awake with the sun to sing of Your loving mercy Because in my most troubled hour, You defended me. You were my shelter. I will lift my voice to sing Your praise, O my Strength—for You came to my defense. O God, You have shown me Your loving mercy."

Colossians 1:15-18 (NIV): “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

What is the takeaway message?

This record started out more community-driven than anything we’ve ever done before. We took a trip to Europe together last summer as a group to study these poets and saints. It began in community and we had 13 people together on a bus and we studied the lives of these people and made a small group curriculum along with the songs. Our hope and intent is for people to experience these stories in community with their families and small groups. In the writing process, we pulled in the writings of these poets and saints. It feels like a gathering on this project. It had focus and attention. This song started in one place, and ended up bringing Saint Patrick into the story of the song. Looking at his story and the parallels of this song, the whole bridge comes out of his profession. It’s an adaptation of his journal entry. This was a very collaborative project, the tour is a collaboration with us, Sandra and our Pastor, Jamie George. It feels very much like home.

This song is a great example of Church unity. It was written based on a Scripture and prayer that any follower of Jesus can read and say yes and amen to every word. It was a collaboration of worship leaders each breathing their breath into what God was telling them and in turn sharing these profound and true words with each of us to share with others. Like David's prayers and songs captured in the Psalms, when you allow those words to sink in they change how you think. David and Leslie write and sing their breath, given to them by God, into anointed new songs for the church. You'll be blessed by this powerful song which is a stand-out anthem with a convicting declaration: “You are my strength, You are my song, You are my salvation, You hold it all together.” Amen to that!

 

Watch the lyric video

 

Full article here: Behind The Song “You Hold it All Together” by All Sons & Daughters with Kevin Davis http://www.newreleasetoday.com/nrteam/kevindavis_nrt


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