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ANCHOR [Song Story]

Jul 16 2013

Our church recently released our 22nd live album, Glorious Ruins.

The songs of Glorious Ruins were written to inspire our church to worship and for the past year they have done just that. I love that this week we get to share them with everyone! I hope that they inspire passionate worship and reverence everywhere they travel, just as they have in our local church.

We don’t take lightly the influence and legacy built over the past twenty years, but we are spurred by the belief that God can do and is doing even greater things in and through our team. These are exciting days. We are also releasing the first single of Y&F “Alive” (full album October). The youth in our team are incredibly talented, they love God and have caught the passion to see youth ministries singing amazing songs.

A few months ago I wrote a song called ‘Anchor’ with my good friend and writer in our church Dean Ussher. As we began to write, the line “this hope is an anchor for my soul” (Hebrews 6) was one of the first ideas that seemed to settle.

I looked up to see that Dean was clearly affected by that scripture. Dean and his wife had tragically suffered a miscarriage only a few months before and this scripture had become a great reassurance in the midst of their loss and pain. We committed to craft the lyric around Hebrews 6.

This song is deeply personal and yet it carries a timeless message.

At the same time as we were working on this song, our pastor Brian Houston had been speaking about the promise of God; God’s promise to Abraham and now to us. He off-handedly said “someone ought to write a song about this”. These two ideas are brought together beautifully in Hebrews 6.

Hebrews 6 treats our present hope and the unshakable nature of God’s promise as inseparable. It speaks of two unshakable things, God’s promise and His oath (His name). The hope that anchors the soul is the hope in the fact that God not only desires to fulfill His promise but is completely able to. He kept His word through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He has given us His name as a seal on His promise. Anything that has been given a name must come under His name. His name is greater and higher than even the most overwhelming circumstance. When all is shaken, His word remains unshakable.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

We hope that this song, along with all of the others on Glorious Ruins, will speak hope into the your life and the life of your local church.


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