‘Behold our God’ is a song written by the guys at Sovereign Grace Music, and was released on the album ‘Risen’ last year.

A YouTube link, the lyrics and the sheet music (free) can all be found here:
http://sovereigngracemusic.org/Songs/Behold_Our_God_(Who_has_held_the_oceans)/1

I can think of at least 3 reasons why our Church has really taken to this song:

1. It is richly God centered. The first two verses speak of the transcendence of God, how awesome and mighty he is. It echo’s the language of Romans 11:33-36, or the (numerous!) rhetorical questions that God asks Job. God is the awesome creator whose knowledge is infinite; we are but his creatures. He cannot be taught, for he knows all things. He is ‘other’, not like us.

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

Verse 3 then comes as a wonderful surprise. This sovereign and transcendent God has come and drawn close to us in the person of His suffering Son. It was God eternal who was ‘humbled to the grave’. I don’t know of many new songs that express this wonderful tension so well.

Who has felt the nails upon His hands?
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal, humbled to the grave
Jesus, Saviour, risen now to reign

2. The music ‘plays the lyrics’. The simplicity of the melody and the chords mean that the emotional tone of the music fits the tone of the lyrics. As we ‘Behold our God’ together, we do so with a sense of wonder and amazement, and the music captures this well throughout.

3. It’s great for corporate singing. The language of the song invites us to sing to each other (Col 3:16, Eph 5:19); ‘Behold our God’, ‘come let us adore Him’. It is also really easy to sing, and therefore is easily sung well by a congregation of mixed singing ability. There are those in our Church who don’t like some of the modern more syncopated songs, but love this song. Additionally, it is also very easy to play, as it only uses 5 basic chords in C major!

Tips for teaching
1. When we taught it the congregation, we first taught them the tune, and then demonstrated an alto harmony. We then encouraged those who could to make up their own harmonies. We sung the song through together, and then repeated the last chorus acapella. I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck rise a little at the memory of the sound.

2. We don’t bother with the bridge. I’m not sure it adds much to the song, but I’m sure many congregations would like it.

3. We use it principally as an opener, to remind us of the God that we worship as we gather together as God’s people.
Will Cockram

 

Andy Fenton

Andy is currently the minister of Christ Church Earlsfield. He leads the ‘Music Ministry’ team and has also led the music at a number of conferences such as London Men’s & Women’s Conventions, Keswick Convention, Bible by the Beach and numerous youth conferences. He is married and has two sons.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. We taught this song at my church in Birmingham just last Sunday! It’s obviously early days, but the comments from the congregation have been overwhelmingly positive so far. I agree that it is a good combination of excellent words and a good tune (though slightly reminiscent of aha!) I also felt the congregation picked it up very quickly, a sign of a good corporate song. I like the idea of teaching the harmony…might try that sometime.

  2. We introduced this song earlier on in the year around April time and it was really encouraging to hear the congregation singing God’s praises together. The melody and lyrics work together fantastically which really enables people to think about what they are singing. Great song

  3. Heard this song at a SG Worship God Conference and knew immediately our congregation had to learn it.
    We introduced it to both our ‘traditional’ service and to our ‘contemporary’ service. Both groups took to it immediately. It’s a very special song.

  4. I only heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago and it has become my new favorite. I’ve sent the video links to many people. A local Praise band, from a monthly Praise night I go to, learned & taught it to us within days of hearing it.
    I agree with the above comments about the richness of the God-centered lyrics, the simplicity of the singable tune and the overall worshipful quality of the song. It encourages the power of corporate worship. I found this link to a stirring version performed by California Baptist University choir & orchestra.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8bv4QuDtM
    This song is a keeper and, in my mind, falls in the category of “anointed.”

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