This is a classic Chris Tomlin song…he pulls metaphors from all over the Bible and arranges them in one song. This song is no different, but the singular focus of the song is Jesus. Only Jesus. It starts by framing the cosmic struggle we are caught up in. It is “older than the ages”, but we look forward to the promises that are “yet to come” while living in the reality of Jesus who was born of a virgin, as a descendent of mother Eve.
There are multiple scriptures I will reference throughout the song, but I think it’s best to start at the Fall when the whole story starts. Satan tempts the woman and the man who disobey God and fall from the perfect design for their lives. And God makes a promise that is fulfilled in Jesus who came, died on a cross and who is still yet to come…God says,
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” -Genesis 3:15
V1: There is a truth older than the ages
There is a promise of things yet to come
There is one born for our salvation
We move onto the promises that we see in the book of Isaiah that look forward to the coming of Jesus…but, it uses present tense to remind us that these things are still true for us today.
Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. -Isaiah 60:20
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. –Isaiah 9:7
The Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…-Isaiah 61:1
V2: There is a light that overwhelms the darkness
There is a kingdom that forever reigns
There is freedom from the chains that bind us
Speaking of Jesus, the chorus moves onto specific stories of Jesus from scripture…
…He went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake…They cried out…Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” -Mark 6:48b-50
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. -Mark 4:39
“Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” -Daniel 3:25
Ch: Who walks on the waters
Who speaks to the sea
Who stands in the fire beside me
That last line is fascinating because it happened back in the OT before Jesus was born! We understand this to be a “theophany” or a time that Jesus appeared as Jesus before he was born and before we knew him as Jesus. He appeared in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, protecting them from the flames, and looking like “a son of the gods”.
But hold on! We aren’t done with the chorus yet! The second half shifts to speak about Jesus in metaphors…
Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. -Rev 5:5
…you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors…with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. -1 Peter 1:18b-19
For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. -Job 5:18
He roars like a lion
He bled as the Lamb
He carries my healing in His hands
The third verse takes all of that scripture and applies it to our lives. This is the beauty of the song and one of the goals of the believer. We are to understand that this book, the Bible, isn’t just a history book. It isn’t just a manual for living. It is a story that we are invited to claim as our own. These characters from the Bible are part of your family…my family…and Jesus calls you to help write the story of His expanding Kingdom NOW, even in trouble, storms and the night.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. -Psalm 42:8
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. -Luke 8:24
V3: There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus
…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. -John 20:31
…to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! -Jude 25
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. -Psalm 19:14
There is power in Your name
You’re my rock and my Redeemer
There is power in Your name
In Your name
This bridge takes the song and condenses it down to a simple declaration of faith. He is the Messiah, Savior, Redeemer…who, you ask? Jesus.