Song Story: Came To My Rescue

31 January 2011

When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them.
PSALM 91:15 (NLT)

I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer.
Psalm 118:21 (Amplified)

Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. Glory to God forever! Oh, yes!
Galatians 1:2 (The Message Bible)

Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. Glory to God forever! Oh, yes!
Galatians 1:2 (The Message Bible)

Christ redeemed us by His own choice and out of obedience to the Father. As recipients of this redemption, when we reflect on His obedience and sacrifice, it stirs an extreme sense of indebtedness and the desire to serve. In this song, we focused on communicating a heart of gratitude in an intimate and honest dialogue of prayer from the worshipper to Christ.

One particular day, Dylan Thomas met up with me at church and we found a nook next to the video department where we worked on this song. I say a ‘nook’ because we were sitting on a couple of milk crates and an old lounge underneath the stairs of our auditorium! Dylan had written the song with Joel Davies and had reached a certain point. We worked on what they had at that stage to mould and shape the chorus and bridge.

The lyric and melody came at the same time in the parts I was associated with. The lyric always gets tinkered with but the majority of it comes quite quickly once the main idea is established. A good bulk of time is spent in the process of accepting a better-than-average musical or lyric idea; finding something that both writers like.

With this song, I came in as a co-writer trying to help form the chorus and bridge – the most challenging part of that process was coming up with something that both Dylan and I liked.

We wanted to create something memorable that conveyed our feeling of gratitude for salvation. I focused on summarising what Dylan and Joel had already written; they are both great writers and my role was to help define the chorus and bridge as identifiable parts of the song.

I am very happy with this song and to know that it resonates in the hearts of people is very gratifying because this is always an important goal for me as a writer.

Marty