The past two weeks at FBC Farmersville, we have introduced a congregational song called "Behold Our God" by Sovereign Grace Music. Many in our congregation have responded well to this song and have asked me who wrote it and if they could purchase it on iTunes. The song is available on two albums. The original track was recorded on the album "Risen" and is available here. The song was also recorded on a compilation album of covers of Sovereign Grace songs and is available here.
"Behold Our God" is by Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge of Sovereign Grace Music, a group of musicians dedicated to "encouraging biblically informed, heartfelt, Spirit-empowered singing in the church." Much of the song lyrics are paraphrased from Isaiah 40:
"Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him..." (Is. 40:10, ESV)
"Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span... Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? Who did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?" (vv. 12-14)
"To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?" (v. 18)
Not only do the lyrics paraphrase Isaiah 40, but in Isaac Watts fashion, they also present Jesus, the Messiah, as the LORD God of whom the prophet Isaiah speaks. The combination of Old Testament and New Testament in this worship song create a powerful declaration of our faith in the Trinitarian God. When the gathered church sings this song, we declare that we adore our God, who is "Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign."
Sovereign Grace Music is affiliated with the Sovereign Grace network of churches and is directed by Bob Kauflin, author of Worship Matters.