Behind the Song: All for You

Strong theology leads to rich worship. As a band we constantly strive to make certain that our worship is rooted deeply in the truth of God as revealed in His Word. When we stand together on the fullness of God’s person and plan our response will be boisterous singing and devoted living.

Of all of the songs on our debut album “All For You” might be the most complete portrait of what worship is all about. The first verse is a beautiful picture of the Gospel.

You are God high above, who in sovereign love
Breathed your life into dust, and created us
And when we turned away, and rejected Your Name
You pursued us again, and You rescued us
What unspeakable love is this?
We are dressed in Your righteousness

Creation. Fall. Redemption. Restoration.

We are now and forever dressed in the righteousness of Christ. This is the revealed truth of God’s person and plan. Worship is our response:

Our hearts echo the sound of Your mercy
Beat for Your infinite glory
Rush with the blood of life You gave
And our lungs fill with the air of fresh wonder
Sing of Your goodness and power
We live and we move and it’s all for You!

How marvelous is it that even the power to respond, the life in our veins, the air in our lungs, is from God and for God? The chorus ends with a paraphrase of Acts 17:28 “For in him we live and move and have our being”

When we stepped into the studio to record “All For You” we had only one verse. It was in the week of recording that a fitting verse 2 came together.

You were God before time, who by perfect design
Set the stars in their flight, high above the earth
Yet with each dawning day with immeasurable grace
You make vessels of clay something glorious
You have given us riches for rags
We are covered and cleansed, we are saved

This verse continues the strong theme of God’s greatness and brings it to today. This section is drawn from 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

One small but weighty change that we made on this song was in chorus 2. Originally it sang “We are covered and cleansed by Your grace.” While “by Your grace” is absolutely true it is an idea that is already stated and covered in the first verse. Jonathan suggested that we make that line more of a declaration with “We are saved.” A simple but profoundly strong phrase that we can lean into as worshippers of Jesus Christ!