God of Wonders
"He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name." ~ Amos 5:8 (NIV)
"The Christ of the galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays." ~ Max Lucado
I was over at Mac's house and we were going over a bunch of songs. Third Day was getting ready to record what would become the first Offerings record. Around this same time, we had been invited to contribute a song for a project called City on a Hill. The producers of that album wanted us to check out a new song they were excited about. Mac put a CD labeled "God of Wonders" in his stereo and pressed play.
You know the rest of the story, right? How we loved the song and decided on the spot that we were going to record it? How it ended up being one of our biggest hits?
That's not what happened at all. We thought the song was OK, but decided to record another one instead.
Fortunately for us, the producers really wanted Mac for "God of Wonders". They brought him in to sing on it, even though we had already recorded a different song for the project. "God of Wonders" went on to be the biggest song from City on a Hill, a huge song for us, and a big song for the church as well.
I've always said I can tell the difference between a good song and a bad song, but have a harder time telling the difference between a good song and a great song. That was definitely the case with "God of Wonders". I liked it, don't get me wrong, but it didn't strike me as great at first. It would be years before I fully began to appreciate it. It is now one of my favorite songs.
A big part of my love for "God of Wonders" is how the music so perfectly works together with the lyric to describe the vastness of God's creation and his sovereignty over it. Lines like "the universe declares your majesty" get me every time I sing them.
I have been an astronomy nerd since I was a little kid, and I still look up every time I walk outside at night. If the sky is clear I try to look for familiar constellations. Because of the vast distances involved, looking up at the stars is like looking into the past. Back in Biblical times people looked up at these same stars and wrote psalms of praise. And in the beginning, God breathed a song into the universe, creating all of these huge, mysterious, beautiful objects that are so distant they only show up as points of light to us. And God said it was good.
God is in control of it all. He knows when things are good, even when I don't. And that is what makes him great.
Written by Mark Lee