Voice of Truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is
And He’s holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again,
‘Boy, you’ll never win…
You’ll never win.’

But the voice of Truth tells me a different story
And the voice of Truth says ‘Do not be afraid!’
And the voice of Truth says ‘This is for My glory’
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of Truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again,
‘Boy, you’ll never win…
You’ll never win.’

But the voice of Truth tells me a different story
And the voice of Truth says ‘Do not be afraid!’
And the voice of Truth says ‘This is for My glory’
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of Truth

…But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I’ll soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me!

The voice of Truth tells me a different story
And the voice of Truth says ‘Do not be afraid!’
And the voice of Truth says ‘This is for My glory’
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of Truth

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of Truth.

This song takes me back to a dark time in my life just a few years back. I was adjusting to my first job out of college in a new city, with no friends, and somehow fell into a very rough depression. I had no idea what it was because I had never experienced it before — all I can say is that I knew feeling completely desolate and hopeless every single day was not normal. I was also incredibly anxious and fearful all the time. It was a miserable time in my life, and I was scared. But I committed to seeking God everyday. He was the only hope I had. And while God allowed it for a season, for reasons I don’t know, He eventually lifted me out of it. He was faithful. He always is.

In the midst of my depression there were several Christian songs on my iPod that I would listen to on my commute to work, day in and day out. Lifesong by Casting Crowns, Cry Out to Jesus by Third Day, and this song, Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns. This song was the one that kept me going, the one that resonated the most. The giant would daily laugh in my face, but the voice of Truth told me to hold on, keep going, and He would put that giant on the ground.

And here we are again. The voice of Truth is keeping me going. I just got out of praising God in the shower (yes I sing in the shower!) and I feel uplifted. I am once again choosing to listen and believe the voice of Truth. I know He’s going to throw this giant on the ground, too.

More recent songs that keep me going are Blessings by Laura Story and Lord I Need You by Matt Maher.

These songs (and reading His Word) are how I hear from God on a day-to-day basis. They are how I can praise God in this storm. They are what literally keeps me going.

By the way, that city that I didn’t have any friends in — that’s where I met J. I also met my now best friend and a ton of other life-long friends. Not only is God faithful, but He will surprise you.  

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