Has anyone heard the latest song from Hillsong United called So Will I (100 Billion X)?
I normally don’t go around asking people if they have heard a song, since just about everyone seems to hear songs before I have. I do not listen to the radio much so if the song is new, I will not know about it for some time. One of the many really fun things that happens when I get together with David is that he shows me new music. He always phrases his presentation of a band or song by saying, “You have probably heard this, but…” Here’s the dirty little secret though: I haven’t.
I say that only to paint a picture of how rare it is that I know of a new song – especially a new worship song – when it comes out. A couple of weeks ago our church played So Will I during their worship set, and it completely stuck out to me because it most accurately describes where I am in my spiritual journey with following Jesus. Unlike many worship songs you hear which tend to talk about Christ as the conquering king or the power of God, this song focuses on the wonder and majesty of our creator. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t see anything wrong with the other songs. I have been moved by a lot of those as well, but this song moves me in a different way than any other song has in a long time.
So here is a snippet of the first chorus:
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star
A signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I
Having grown up going to church my entire life, I had a tendency to lose sight of the wonder of a creator. My attention defaulted to the discipleship aspect of Christianity, and I always focused on what I needed to do to become a “better Christian.” The thing is, I burned out on this approach and realized I would never be able to do enough to feel like I was getting “better.” It felt like a fleeting task to strive to be a better disciple. I could never get into reading the Bible for my designated 15 minutes or praying for the right amount of time about the right things. Just wasn’t happening for me.
Then about a year and a half ago, I was introduced to the wonder of God. My eyes were opened to creation and how beautiful it is. I began to bask in the wonder that all things display the work a creator. I began to enjoy reading about science instead of denying it, as I would have done when I was younger. When I hear someone speak of an aspect of science I don’t understand, I try to embrace it instead of dismissing it because it may not line up with the biblical account. Because just about every time this happens and I dive into what was said, I see the Creator in the science.
This song So Will I speaks to me because it reflects the wonder of the universe. May we not lose sight of this as we go throughout our days. I see so many self-help books about living in the moment and not wasting a day, and I could not agree more. May we never lose sight of the wonder that is our existence on this planet. May we never reduce our relationship with Jesus to tasks and rituals that steal away the joy of just being with him. And may we never lose sight of the fact that Jesus died so that all of creation may be loved by God as perfect and blameless.
So, I will leave you with the bridge of this song. My hope is that it brings you the same wonder and joy that it brought me:
If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times
If you would like to listen to this song you can find it on iTunes or any of the streaming services.