Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bible Verses in Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"

Lately I've been feasting on the song, "You Never Let Go," by Matt Redman, a tune that appears on his 2006 release, "Beautiful News."

The song is the personal prayer of a believer who, in the midst of trial, chooses to trust in God. What's neat about it is how much the lyrics are saturated in Scripture.

Here are several direct and indirect Bible references in the song, "You Never Let Go":

Verse 1:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:a)
Your perfect love is casting out fear (1 John 4:18)
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life (Mark 4:35-41)
I won’t turn back (John 6:66-69)
I know You are near (Psalm 145:18)

Pre-Chorus:
And I will fear no evil (Psalm 23:4b)
For my God is with me (Psalm 23:6)
And if my God is with me (Psalm 46--especially verse 11)
Whom then shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
Whom then shall I fear?

Chorus:
Oh no, You never let go (Hebrews 13:5-6; Deuternomy 31:6; Joshua 1:1-9)
Through the calm and through the storm (Isaiah 25:4)
Oh no, You never let go (John 10:27-28)
In every high and every low (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
Oh no, You never let go (Psalm 55:22)
Lord, You never let go of me (Matthew 28:20)

Verse 2:
And I can see a light (John 8:12) that is coming for the heart that holds on (Psalm 27:14)
A glorious light beyond all compare (Matthew 17:1-5; 1 Timothy 6:16)
And there will be an end to these troubles (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
But until that day comes (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2; 1 Peter 1:13)
We’ll live to know You here on the earth (Philippians 3:10-11)

Chorus

Bridge:
Yes, I can see a light (2 Corinthians 4:6) that is coming for the heart that holds on (Psalm 97:11; Psalm 57:4-7; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; Hebrews 10:35-38)
And there will be an end to these troubles (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
But until that day comes (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You (Psalm 71; Ephesians 5:8)

If the song has one overarching Scripture reference, I'd say its Romans 8:28-39 and especially verses 38-39:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you're a guitar player and would like the chords and a demo of the song, it's available here.

Listen to the song and meditate on the Scriptures. Enjoy!

9 comments:

Brice said...

I wanted to analyze this song for a college group that I lead--this blog was spot on! Thanks!

Living the Biblios said...

Great! Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

this was exactly what i was looking for!

Erica said...

Awesome, thank you for listing all of the scripture references! I love the song too!

Kim Wells said...

Thanks for putting this out there! I am leading a service where we will pull apart this very song and show where it is all found in scripture - you listed some verses I hadn't thought of.

Thanks so much!!

Betty said...

Thanks for your post! It absolutely inspires me :D

Tanya said...

Thanks for this. I knew this song was saturated with scripture, and I was looking for just one (ha!)to put up on my Power Point this morning.

Now I have to choose! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! I shared with a listener on the radio station where I work, KSBJ, when she shared that God used this song in her life when she needed to hear it. Hopefully the scriptures will add more blessing to that!
-Coppelia

Kerry said...

This is such a great song, and I really appreciate you putting the verses in for each line.
A living example of 1 Peter 4:10 - you have used your gift to bless others, and display God's grace in its various forms.

Blessings to you,