Story Behind The Song: Unreleased Vol. 1

If you’ve been around a while, you probably know that in the weeks leading up to the release of each record, or the weeks following the release of the record, we post a series of blogs that tell you the stories behind each song. Well, I had a lot of songs I really liked that didn’t make it on to this record. And since I don’t yet know when this record is going to be released, I decided to do a series of blogs on the songs you’re not going to hear on the record. I know that’s weird, but hey, it’s my blog. And this way you’ll be somewhat familiar with them in case I ever pull any of them out in a concert. Let’s see, where to start?

How about with the song that started every concert of the 2010 fall tour with Pocket Full of Rocks… “God Can Rescue Me”. I suppose I had been listening to too much Steve Earle before I wrote this song. The thing is I’m almost always listening to something before I write that always pulls me away from the middle of the road Christian radio. But apparently this time I swerved too far to the left. Or the right. It’s hard to say. Either way, it’s a good song, but it didn’t make it on the new record. That is not to say that it’s anyone’s fault: producer, label, radio, or anyone else. It just means that these songs either got beaten out in the process or just didn’t fit where we were going. So here is its moment in the sun.

God Can Rescue Me

I can climb any mountain
I can sail any sea
But I haven’t found any place yet
Where God cannot rescue me

From the barren plains of Zimbabwe
To the crowded streets of Tokyo
God has proved He can rescue
No matter where I go

I can’t outrun the reach of His hand
The measure of His power can’t be taken by man
His Spirit’s hounded me all across this land
Wherever I go, I know God can rescue me

From the darkest valleys of my sin
To the corners where my secrets hide
Whatever mess I find myself in
I know that there God’s rescue lies
There God’s rescue lies

I can’t outrun the reach of His hand
The measure of His power can’t be taken by man
His Spirit’s hounded me all across this land
Wherever I go, I know God can rescue me

Nothing can separate me from His love
Nothing can separate me
Nothing can separate me from His love

I can’t outrun the reach of His hand
The measure of His power can’t be taken by man
His Spirit’s hounded me all across this land
Wherever I go, I know God can rescue me

c. 2011 Ardent/Koala Music (ASCAP)

I have always had an inordinate amount of respect for my ability to sin. I know that may sound strange but consider it for a moment. We look at our sin, our most shameful moments, and they seem insurmountable. We gaze into their darkness and we despair. Yet we rarely contrast their darkness to the strength of the light. My greatest sin cannot in any way compare to the power of the blood of my Savior. I fear my sin because I stare at it, much like the army of Israel stared at Goliath. But compared to the might of Jehovah, Goliath was less threatening than an ant. Not even a fire ant. Just a regular old worker ant. And my sin is no different. Yes, it is serious enough for me to deserve eternal punishment, but it is no obstacle to the will of my God. I have not managed to foil God’s plan for salvation. I can run from God for my whole life, and yet He can cover that distance in a step as soon as I turn to Him. The rescue of God is always just a request away.

Thoughts?

Todd