August 10, 2012

New Song: By Faith

August 10, 2012
This summer at junior camp the staff and campers sang a song each night called By Faith, written by Keith and Kristyn Getty with Stuart Townend. It went perfectly with their theme as Pastor Bryan taught through Hebrews 11. This Sunday we will be learning it as a congregation. Our church has benefited greatly from the many rich songs they have written such as In Christ AloneSpeak O LordO Church AriseThe Power of the Cross, and Come People of the Risen King.

In explaining the story behind the song, Keith Getty points to Psalm 145:4,13, 21 as inspiration. He explains:
When I read this passage, I’m reminded that the praises and testimonies of one generation are to echo into the next. All ages serve and worship the same God, gather under the same gospel and add to the collective song that praises the faithfulness of God as each generation shares in his promises to us. We are part of something timeless, and the exercise of stretching our vision beyond ourselves leads us further down the road to an eternal perspective on all of life and our very reason for being.
You can read the rest of the story here. You can purchase the song here.



By Faith

1. By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

2. By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God's own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

Chorus
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and not by sight


3. By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

4. By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

5. By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name

Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend