Behold Our God: Backstory – Lyrics – Video

One of the great privileges of my life is getting to help write the song “Behold Our God”. You might think I would have a sense of pride over helping to write the song, but the opposite is actually true.

See, here’s the deal…

I’ve written a fair amount of songs. Most of them have had minimal impact. So when I see how God has used “Behold Our God”, I’m keenly aware that it’s all God’s doing.

Yesterday I happened to be reflecting on the song and thought that people might enjoy knowing the backstory.

Behold Our God: The Backstory

“Behold Our God” was not written based on any sort of crazy vision from God or a dream in the middle of the night. Rather, it is based purely on the Word of God.

I was at a Sovereign Grace Churches songwriting retreat, along with my friends Ryan, Jon, and Megan Baird. Jon and I decided to write together, and we started with Isaiah 40:12-14 as the foundation for our song:

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?

As I read through the passage afresh, I was struck by the overwhelming glory of God. He needs absolutely nothing from anyone. No one can compare to him. No one can give him advice or counsel.

He is utterly and totally sovereign.

He rules over all and the universe is nothing but a hand breadth to him.

It was these ideas and the passage itself that led Jon and I to begin crafting the verses in the form of questions:

Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

After writing for an hour or so, Jon’s brother and sister, Ryan and Megan, joined us. For the rest of the day, we wrestled with the best way to phrase the lyrics and the melody.

One side note of interest is that the chorus starts low melodically, which is unusual for worship songs. That idea was totally Jon’s. He wanted the chorus to end on thrilling high note, which meant we had to start it low. Big props to Jon for that idea.

After spending most of the day writing, we felt we had a really solid song. The final verse was written later by the Baird, with a specific focus on the resurrection.

Behold Our God: Lyrics

The final version of the lyrics we ended up with are as follows:

Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His Words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!

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Men: You will reign forever!
Women: Let Your glory fill the earth

Behold Our God: The Spread

It has been truly amazing to see all the different ways people have used “Behold Our God”. It’s been sung in churches, covered by bands, and even arranged orchestrally.

My biggest takeaway from seeing the song spread is NOT that I and the Baird’s are great songwriters. Far from it. I’ve written enough lousy songs to know that I don’t offer anything special.

Rather, the conclusion I’ve come to is that people are starving for the glory of God. They want preaching and writing and music that points them to the staggering, stunning, absolutely beautiful character of God. Because of this, songs and sermons and books that point to God’s glory will deeply resonate with people.

I was recently scrolling through YouTube and was amazed at all the different ways “Behold Our God” has been sung. I decided to put together a video compilation of 10 different ways the song has been arranged, including being sung in Mandarin.

I hope you enjoy it!


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5 thoughts on “Behold Our God: Backstory – Lyrics – Video”

  1. I am filling in to lead worship at my church this Sunday, and this is one of the songs that we are singing. Thank you for writing a song that points us to the glory of God both in his majesty and in how He draws near to us in the Gospel.

  2. “..people are starving for the glory of God. ” Yes, they surely are! For a while now I have been feeling stagnant in my thoughts of God, that they were not high enough. You put words to that feeling – starving for the glory of God. This song surely speaks of the wondrous glory and I love when we sing it in church. I wish we would sing it every week and have that reminder always before us that our God is GLORIOUS. Thank you for cowriting the song and thank you for today’s blog and for reminding me of the glory of God.

  3. The first time our congregation sang that song, I thought, this is the kind of song we’ll sing in heaven. Because yes, it magnifies God’s great glory and majesty.

  4. You say ‘your songs have had minimal impact.’ I beg to differ. I was lying in my bed. Feeling low. Flicking through Google at stuff. Came across your Bloggs. God’s timing! Which have provoked and challenged me. Thank you! Keep on writing.

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