I wanted to point out one more thing in this song. If you missed the first blog, I’m talking about the song “God I Look To You” from Bethel Church by Jenn Johnson and Ian McIntosh. They accomplish something in this song that is quite difficult and often overlooked. So I want to point it out to you.
When you are talking about the goodness of God (and by “you”, I really mean me), we usually juxtapose it with the darkness and despair of the world. I do that a lot. When my chorus is going to be celebrating His love, my verse will have a tendency to talk about how horrible I am, thereby setting up how amazing it is that He loves me. But in all honesty, I think that is actually exalting our fallenness. We are drawing attention to the flesh, to the evil, to the sin and shame in the world and in our own lives.
What Jenn and Ian do (I hope they don’t mind me calling them by their first names, even though we’ve never actually met) is they use both the verse and the chorus to exalt Christ. The first verse says,
“God I look to You
I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision
To see things like You do.”
They indirectly mention the world as a threat to overwhelm us, but it is only the context of our looking to God and Him rescuing and establishing us. And that still sets up the chorus…
“I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock
Forever all my days I will love You God.”
God has and is rescuing us and we love Him for that. I don’t have to spend my whole verse listing everything He’s saving me from. That actually seems to be exalting my sin and my shame. I am drawing focus to it. What they accomplish is to place the focus on God from the very first word of the song and never take it off of Him. Great songwriting. Grateful to be able to lead this song.