Everlasting God

Hymnology: Everlasting God

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.”
~Deuteronomy 32:4

Hymn Story

As the home of the Desperation Band and many gifted song writers, Colorado Springs’ New Life Church has long been known for its dynamic worship ministry. One member of that song-writing team is Glenn Packiam, who also serves as the lead pastor of one of the New Life campuses. Packiam, the author of “Everlasting God”, is one of the more thoughtful voices in the discussion of church music and worship practices (check out his blog here). Interestingly, he is currently in the process of becoming an Anglican priest, though he will continue to lead at New Life, a non-denominational church in the Pentecostal/Charismatic stream of evangelicalism.

“Everlasting God” was recorded on the 2006 album My Savior Lives, a collaborative effort combining all of the New Life worship teams, with songs by Packiam, Jon Egan, Ross Parsley, and Jared Anderson. Listen to this beautiful track here:

Lyrics

One thing I know that I have found
Through all the troubles that surround
You are the Rock that never fails
You never fail

One thing I know that I believe
Through all the blessings I receive
You are the only One that stays
You always stay

You never change
You’re still the same
You are the everlasting God
You will remain after the day is gone
And the things of earth have passed
Everlasting God

Hymn Study

We live in a world of constant change. The pace of life in the 21st century is incredible, and it can be easy to get lost in the bustle. At times like that, it is reassuring to know that we worship a God who does not change. He does not fail us, and He will never leave us.

That God is a “Rock that never fails” is a comfort to those who feel overwhelmed by their circumstances. His love is a shelter (Psalm 27:5) for us, an unshakeable fortress (Psalm 62:6) to which we can always run when we come under attack. It is a rock upon which we can climb “out of the miry bog” (Psalm 40:2), and to which we can look when we need to be reminded that God is so much higher than we are (Psalm 61:2).

God’s unchanging nature gives us confidence that He can be trusted. He is not a capricious deity whose desires and commands change at a whim, or whose promises mean no more than those of a man. His will is eternal, consistent, reliable! Even when we fail Him, he always stays true to his Word. Long after heaven and earth have passed away, God’s word will remain (Matthew 24:35).

How precious is the steadfast love of God! It extends to the heavens, his faithfulness to the clouds (Psalm 36:5). May you rest in the love and everlasting faithfulness of Christ this day.

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