We've featured this song a couple of times before, and also this particular version which is one of our favourites. And it's another song that comes straight out of scripture.
Matt and Beth Redman are prolific writers, both of books and songs. Matt is an accomplished worship leader, and when we're leading worship, his songs are frequently in our consciousness. This particular song was written within a month of 9/11 and was, in Redman's words "a realization that we all face seasons of pain and unease".
Being a Christian isn't a free pass to a land of milk and honey as some preachers would suggest. We have our struggles, including an ongoing battle with depression; at the moment, it's a battle we're winning, but it hasn't always been that way. And this is a song which has given us comfort and encouragement when the darkness has closed in around us.
The book of Job says ―"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21) - and the bridge of this song comes right from that particular verse. Blessing the Lord when you're down on your luck is incredibly challenging, but it's also an incredible release, as we can attest. So if you're in that "desert place" today, we hope that this song will encourage you, and that the sun will indeed soon be shining down on you:
May you be as blessed by this song as we have been, time and time again!