Song: I Will Rise

September 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm 7 comments

Yesterday at church, our family bought Chris Tomlin’s latest CD Hello Love and listened to it on the drive home. Chris Tomlin is my favorite worship leader and I got a chance to meet him at his church in Austin last year, so when we saw it at our booktable, I bought it right away.

I’ve been listening to this album and I discovered a song that I want to have sung at my funeral: “I Will Rise”. Sorry for sounding morbid, but this is a song that speaks of the Life and victory over death that I want proclaimed on that day. Here are the lyrics:

“I Will Rise” (Written by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reeves, and Matt Maher)

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed

The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

And I hear the voice of many angels sing, “Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart, “Worthy is the Lamb”

I’m also going to use this song for next Easter service and I want to make a video out of it. The music is moving and the words have brought many a tears to my eyes already. Indeed, Jesus has overcome and the grave is overwhelmed, the shadows disappear and my faith shall be my eyes as I join in singing with every longing heart, “Worthy is the Lamb!” This brings hope in every and all circumstances of life and death.

I also found this video of Chris Tomlin sharing how this song came about. I think this gives the song even more impact.

By the way, Chris Tomlin is coming to Sacramento Friday, March 6. Should we change our regular Friday Bible study to go to his concert? How does that sound?

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. skim  |  September 9, 2008 at 9:18 am

    such a beautiful song. Thanks P. Joong for sharing the song and your insights.

    a Chris Tomlin concert sounds like a good plan =)

  • 2. joongwlee  |  September 9, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Hi Sam,
    The concert thing is just a wild idea right now. I know not everyone will want to go, so maybe we might have one group go (with a Bible study on the road) and one group stay and do the regular Bible study (and sing Chris Tomlin songs!). Sam, how about if you teach one of the Bible studies like last week? That sounds good! 🙂


  • 3. joongwlee  |  September 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I just got an email letting me know that “skim” was not Sam after all. It was someone else with those initials. So…sorry Sam! But the offer still holds for Sam the man who can! 🙂


  • 4. akim  |  September 10, 2008 at 9:29 am

    What powerful words!

  • 5. sshkim  |  September 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Pastor Jonathan,

    Teach one of the Bible studies again? Sounds good to me! I wouldn’t mind! 🙂


  • 6. joongwlee  |  September 15, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Another great song on this album is his rendition of “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” — it has gotten much playtime in my car recently.

  • 7. Bob Marshall  |  September 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Hello! I have no connection to your church, but I was researching the song “I Will Rise” and I stumbled across this blog. I see that you are kicking around the idea of attending his March 6 concert in Sacramento. All I can tell you is : DO IT!! Chris was in Sacramento about a year ago, and I treated both of my pastors and their families to the concert. Our senior pastor enjoyed the concert so much that he told me “I’ll remember this night for a long time.” And our worship pastor told me “I really needed this.” My church is definitely planning on attending again in March.

    The last time we went Louie Giglio was also there, and he gave a fantastic talk. I’m assuming that Louie will be part of this tour, also, and that’s a huge plus. If you do a YouTube search on his name you can find lots of his videos.

    So, I encourage you and your church to attend. You won’t regret it!

    In Him,
    Bob Marshall
    Cool Community Church
    Cool, CA


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