Song Spotlight: Living Hope

A song by Phil Wickham has been gaining popularity this fall. The song entitled “Living Hope” has been all over Christian radio as well as sung in churches across America since the album’s release in August. Let’s take a look at the lyrics and see if we can shout “Amen”.

As usual, I will put my thoughts in bold under the lyrics.

How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night
(Our sin completely separates us from God. Holiness is a mountain that no one can ascend. Confessing the name of Jesus as the Light of the World is the proper response)

Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope

(“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9)

Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
(This makes me think of the great Christ Hymn that describes the mercy, grace, and humility of Christ, who “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Phil 2:6-8)

The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I'm Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope

(“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3)

Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus, Yours is the victory

1 Corinthians 15:54-57

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
 O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There's salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Acts 4:12 - “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

When you can summarize a song with pure Scripture, I believe you have a winner. This is a wonderfully truthful song that preaches truth to our hearts. I look forward to singing it with you on Sundays!

Here is the official version of this song

And here is my favorite version (because Shane & Shane = awesome)

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