"Christ My Rock" is the brand new music from worship music trio Beyond the Wall. The song is released by Homegrown Worship. Mixing both the tender and delicate with moments of uplifting melodic elation, "Christ My Rock" was birthed from and written with the local church in mind. Drawing upon the book of Psalms, this song speaks of the surrounding, shielding nature of God's presence and would make an ideal addition to any church's Sunday repertoire.
According to the trio, this is how the song came about.
One afternoon, having shared a couple of newly written songs with our pastor and been blessed with his encouraging feedback, he turned to me and asked if I would write a song based around the church's Verse of the Year; Psalm 18:2 - The Lord is my rock and myshield.
I grabbed my Bible and just spent time seeking the Lord, as I always do when songwriting. I discovered that spending time in the Psalms with pen and paper in hand, was incredible. The richness and depth of God's Word cannot be matched and I knew very quickly that this song was to be full of scripture.
I saw myself on the rock and felt the wrap-around presence of the Lord. I knew I was safely cocooned within His love. It's the most beautiful experience, to know that God is your shield and your protector and when we know this, our hearts are full of joy. As I wrote, I knew that Psalm 33:20-21 was to be the chorus.
This song was written for the church and yet it became so personal. God is so wonderful. Being given a verse to build a song around proved to be my most challenging songwriting experience yet. However, when we push through in obedience, doesn't The Lord just find such beautiful ways to bless us! I am so thankful I was asked to write this song; the whole journey grew me so much. I pray that it blesses you too as you truly know and experience Jesus as your hope, your shield and your protector, knowing that you can trust in Him as you stand in His victory.
Beyond the Walls is a band which came together through God's ministry at Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church (BHBC). The band was birthed by several members of BHBC's worship team starting to share song ideas with one another, inspired by the work of God's Spirit in the church. There was a hunger among worship leaders to explore songwriting more intentionally, and to bring greater life to the congregation.
Some of the songs the band has written have come from significant scriptures for the church, others from prophetic words and others through personal testimony. Several Beyond the Walls songs have been used in BHBC services and they have added to the increasing freedom in worship which they are experiencing in the church. Songs written about what God is doing in the church carry much power when the congregation sing the truths being taught from scripture.
Beyond the Walls have always had the belief that even if their songs cause just one person to connect with God, they are worth pursuing, and they have been encouraged to see that many people have been blessed by their songs.
In a very short space of time, through unexpected circumstances, God has opened a door for Beyond the Walls to share their songs with a much wider audience through Homegrown Worship, and they are expectant for what God is going to do with these songs. Their pastor has always believed that BHBC would be used to resource other churches in worship and this may just be the start of something amazing!