Sometimes a song just hits you. You may have heard it multiple times and enjoyed it, but then … a moment, a setting, a circumstance makes the songs just delve into the depths of one’s soul.
Monday, I shared about Not I, But Through Christ in Me (Read that here – only after you finish this article LOL). But this week, it’s another tune that God used.
The artist shares the story behind the tune’s writing. She called Paul Duncan to come over and help – but she just wasn’t in the moment. Tired. Fried. Not feeling it. She shared a little and basically felt she could offer no more – so she left. Upon her return, her team and Duncan had put the basis of the song together. She normally felt she needed to be the strong one, the one holding others up – but this time, her team held her up.
There is more to the story. They recorded it in 2019. But just before the mastering process, she called the producer and said she wanted to redo it. This is not an easy decision and expected her producer to balk. But they redid it and the song came out with more emotion, more depth, more impact.
Then … 2020 hit. Covid. Cancelled concert tours. A year of waiting. The lyrics now meant so much more.
This song’s meaning came alive. Who knew that God would use this song in such a way.
HITTING MY LIFE … This week – in the middle of me binging and catching up on the show 9-1-1 (since so many in my church family are firefighters) – In season 5, episode 9 … Defend in Place … this song was used at one of the most dramatic and emotional moments. Lives on the line, frontline personnel not yielding, fire, drama, angst, hurt. The show did a remarkable twist – outside the burning hospital, Angela Bassett’s character asks the hurting wife of a husband … a husband who was still in surgery … surgery in the burning building … to pray – yes pray. The scene shows them holding hands, and others joining in. The size of the group praying grows … and this song was playing.
It’s a healing song, a hymn for those in pain. It’s personal and private … and yet it’s corporate and family.
The song … Hold On To Me
The Artist … Lauren Daigle
Watch it Here
When the best of me is barely breathin’ When I'm not somebody I believe in Hold on to me When I miss the light the night has stolen When I'm slammin’ all the doors you've opened Hold on to me Hold on to me Hold on to me when it's too dark to see you When I am sure I have reached the end Hold on to me when I forget I need you When I let go, hold me again When I don't feel like I'm worth defending When I'm tired of all my pretending Hold on to me When I start to break in desperation Underneath the weight of expectation Hold on to me Hold on to me Hold on to me when it's too dark to see you (I'll hold on) When I'm sure I have reached the end Hold on to me when I forget I need you (I'll hold on) When I let go hold me again I could rest here in your arms forever ‘Cause I know nobody love me better Hold on to me Hold on to me
Now, I get it doesn’t refer to Jesus directly – and can even be considered a love song. But what of this episode draws people to hear more of Lauren Daigle’s singing and hear clearly about Jesus? What if this episode and song drive people to pray? What if you realize you need to hold on to Jesus that much more? For me – I rest in His arms forever!.