This song began as a melody that came to me while commuting to work about 9 years ago. As I thought through what lyrics would appropriately match the melody, my mind turned to God as our loving father. At the time, our twins were just toddlers and I thought of how they would look up to us and reach out their hands to be held. Then I had a lightbulb moment.
Even as a worship leader, I’ve struggled with some of the more “charismatic” aspects of worship. You know, crazy things like clapping or raising hands during a song (well, crazy for polite conservative Christian boy, lol). Deep down I always felt like I should, but it always felt awkward. I mean, what does it mean to raise your hands anyway?
But in that moment I realized that we are God’s kids. The image of my one year olds reaching up to be held had some beautiful parallels to us craving intimacy with God in worship. This song explores that concept a bit.
Credits: Tanner Moushey, lead vocal and acoustic guitar; Christa Zdenek, backup vocal and piano; Dale Tanis, bass guitar.
P.S. this recording was from a worship practice, so please excuse the sound quality
Verse 1 You my God, You are faithful How Your love, reaches me Even though, I am unworthy Still Your grace, teaches me Verse 2 How You, my God, You walk beside me Every step, You hold my hand And when the storms of life surround me It is then that You carry me Chorus And I lift my hands as I praise Your name And I look up in Your face Oh Daddy hold me please, I don’t want to leave Hold me tight hold me close in Your arms Verse 3 You my God, You’re all around me Still You feel so far away Draw me close and say that You love me Hold me in Your arms again Bridge And I know that You are near, drying every tear And there is no need to fear in Your arms And I don’t want to go away, Lord I pray that I could stay Hold me tight hold me close in Your arms, in Your arms