I need your feedback and honest opinion on a song I’ve been working on.
It’s a song I’m writing for my congregation to sing this coming weekend as we look back on the last year for us (which has been a substantial one) and what’s coming ahead. I needed something that would be encouraging, point to Jesus, be a rallying cry, and be upbeat.
The line in the chorus “here we stand, we can do no other” comes from the great reformer, Martin Luther, who responded “here I stand, I can do no other” when pressed to recant his views. He refused.
In addition to being a song for my congregation, I wonder if this would work in any other context. This is why I need your help. Does the song work? Is it a keeper? Give me your honest critique. If it’s a keeper it will probably make its way onto my church’s live CD that we’re recording this coming weekend. Hence my plea for feedback.
Here’s the audio to a very rough demo (!) of the song.
And here are the tentative lyrics:
Here We Stand (We Can Do No Other)
Oh church, lift up your eyes, up from the waves
And look on Jesus’ face
Oh church, you should not fear. He’s strong to save
So lean on Jesus’ strength
Oh church, God will not fail.
He never breaks His covenant
Oh church, He will prevail, through every age
So trust in Him
Here we stand, we can do no other
We could run forever but we’d never find another place to go
Here we stand, we are held together
By a great Redeemer
In his hand, here we stand, we can do no other
Oh church, the story ends when Jesus wins
Don’t doubt your destiny
Oh church, lift high the cross, the empty cross
It stands in victory
Oh church, you will not fail.
Your hope is in what God has done
Oh church, you will prevail
The battle has been surely won
No turning back, no turning back
No turning ‘round, no turning around
Words and music: Jamie Brown
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