A theme has immerged in my life over the past few weeks. To really do this theme justice, I have to back up a few months to the Passion Conference in January of 2022. I have mentioned this conference in past newsletters. It is one of those events that I always look forward to. There is always great preaching sure, but my biggest draw is always the new music that comes out of it. Some of my favorite songs to sing with the body of Christ have been introduced to me at this conference. So, as a lover of music and now a Worship Leader, I went to this conference expecting to bring out some new songs for Bridges. I found a few actually! The song we introduced at Easter called “What He’s Done” came out of that trip. Fast forward to today, and we are introducing yet another song that I was introduced to at Passion 2022. It’s called “Firm Foundation” by Cody Carnes and Chandler More. If you haven’t heard it, I highly encourage you to give it a listen. However, with new songs, I like to dive into why we sing them.
I bet you can imagine where the song goes, but let me walk you through my favorite part of it. We see in the bridge the song says:
Rain came, wind blew
But my house was built on You
I'm safe with You
I'm gonna make it through
This idea is directly out of Mathew 7. Mathew 7:24-27 is the back end of the Sermon on the Mount. This particular part that the song is referencing Jesus’ “I’m gonna close with this” statement if you will. The scripture says,
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
This song is a declaration of the fact that we are going to build our house on the rock. Come what may, my life is built on Jesus. I love the tense of the verbs in this passage. For example, the rain fell. It fell. There wasn’t a question of if it was going to fall. No, it fell. Life is going to throw crazy things at you. The rain will fall. The wind blow. The floods will come. Where is your house built? Is it on sand, or is it on the rock?