5 August 2014

E is for Everlasting God (Strength Will Rise)

This song was written by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley and was released in 2006. The song is still very popular, having once been hailed as one of the most performed songs of any genre in the USA. I understand that Brenton Brown initially started writing this song during a period when both he and his wife were diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which left them both physically and mentally drained.

The song is based on various verses of scripture, but it's largely inspired by the following:

Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Message)
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.

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