One of our songwriters started writing this song three years ago. It began during a very difficult season of his life while going through times where he needed to spend time in the presence of God, broken before Him during his quiet time.
On various occasions, the writer desired and attempted to finish the song, but for some reason, it’s as if the song would come in different seasons and through waves of difficult times that he had to push through. Each time he would reach out to God more parts of the song would develop, out of pure worship and surrender to God through all seasons, especially the difficult times.
Throughout these difficult times, he would sometimes want to finish it, but it would feel too raw and painful and even emotional to express it, and he would put it aside once again. This seemed like delay, but God was working, not only on him as the writer, but on the timing for the song to be released as the blessing that it has now become.
Right now, we are in a time, worldwide when people are experiencing difficulty, people feel abandoned and without hope. This is a song that speaks of the many trials we go through, some that seem like they will overtake you, but God will never ever let you down or be harmed.
One of the scriptures meditated on for this song inspiration was on Joshua 1:5 that says “No man shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you”
This verse sparked new hope within him. It lead him to worship and praise God in the midst of the trial and sing out “And I’ll sing of all Your goodness, I’ll sing of all You’ve done. There’s no way I would have made it, If it wasn’t for Your Love. When I find myself surrounded, I’ll praise You without fear, cause I know that You are here”.
At that moment He had a knowing that God was there all along, throughout every single moment of agony, throughout every trial. God had never ever left his side and He was always there, trying to get his attention to say, “I am here, trust Me, I will get you through”
Later on, at the beginning of 2020, more songwriters came together at the CRC Music songwriters camp, to collaborate and finally finish the song, which has now become an anthem for God’s people, to declare his goodness, His mercy, His faithfulness and His constant protection.
When we sing this song, we declare that even when things are falling apart around us and it feels like we are on shaky ground, we will continue to put our eyes on Jesus and trust Him to see us through it all.
You Were There will be released on 30 October 2020.