Behind the Song: On This Earth

Sometimes when you write a song, it all just falls into place like a lightning strike: inspiration, words, melodies, chords—they align in a perfect, harmonious relationship like peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, or cottage cheese and chips (just me?). Most of the time, however, songs require more sweat than that.  As I set out to write an original song for our series, Home: Moving in Faith, I quickly realized that God wasn’t going to give me a nice and neat lightning bolt of a song. I was feeling the weight, the importance of bringing my absolute best to contribute to what could be the most pivotal season our church had ever experienced. But idea after idea fell flat. Eventually, I found that I had to really dig in and be quiet to listen for God’s voice in the process. After all, it wasn’t about my efforts but about what God wanted to say. 

Our pastor, Todd, shared a prayer that jarred me out of this quiet place when he put a small twist on the powerful Lord’s prayer, writing, “May Your kingdom come on this earth as it is in heaven.” On this earth. When I heard those words, it was like I banged the funny bone of my soul. You know what I’m talking about? That sudden electric shock that travels through your arm when it gets hit just right? That’s what I sensed in my heart when I heard that phrase. I knew that was it. 

From there, I prayerfully tried to flesh out what God might want to say to us about bringing His kingdom and will on this earth. Like the Genesis story of Adam, God has breathed His life into the dust of each of our souls. His voice awakens us to see that there is beauty everywhere, even in the most unlikely of places of our desperate world, for Jesus Christ makes all things new. Man, that is what it’s all about…the incredible, redemptive, liberating work of Jesus in all of creation. I love it! 

What would happen if every single one of us surrendered to this movement of God in our hearts and community? What if we leveraged our best energies and influence so the plot of land that will serve as our church’s future home would be a place that radiates the Kingdom of God? It would change everything. And that’s what we are praying for when we sing these words together. We are praying that we would be open to this radical work of God on this earth, as it is in heaven. I can’t wait to sing it again with you!

-ON THIS EARTH-

When I was dust, You breathed Your life into me
Waking me up to see the beauty beneath
All this life, making me new

May Your Kingdom come on this earth, on this earth
May Your will be done on this earth
Hope for everyone, those who hunger and thirst
May Your Kingdom come on this earth

Without You, we’re lost, we need Your light to see
Your Spirit surrounds and leads our hearts to beat
With a world desperate for You

May Your Kingdom come on this earth, on this earth
May Your will be done on this earth
Hope for everyone, those who hunger and thirst
May Your Kingdom come on this earth

We surrender our hearts to the One
With full abandon, Lord, let Your Kingdom come

We surrender our hearts to the One
With full abandon, Lord, let Your Kingdom come
Lord, let Your Kingdom come

May Your Kingdom come on this earth, on this earth
May Your will be done on this earth
May Your Kingdom come on this earth, on this earth
May Your will be done on this earth
Hope for everyone, those who hunger and thirst
May Your Kingdom come on this earth

We surrender our hearts to the One
With full abandon, Lord, let Your Kingdom come  
We surrender our hearts to the One
With full abandon, Lord, let Your Kingdom come
Lord, let Your Kingdom come
Lord, let Your Kingdom come