Across the Lands

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Enjoy this new lyric video for Across the Lands from the album Keith & Kristyn Getty Live at The Gospel Coalition

Across the Lands is a hymn originally written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty for the prayer book, “Operation World,” celebrating the worldwide breadth of the Christian gospel. Taking the theme of how God speaks – beginning in creation echoing John 1, then incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection and His promised return – it is a useful song for opening services and for responding to mission.

Across the Lands

Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

 

You're the Word of God the Father

From before the world began.

Ev'ry star and ev'ry planet

Has been fashioned by Your hand.

All creation holds together

By the power of Your voice.

Let the skies declare Your glory;

Let the land and seas rejoice!

 

You're the Author of creation;

You're the Lord of ev'ry man;

And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

 

Yet You left the gaze of angels,

Came to seek and save the lost,

And exchanged the joy of heaven

For the anguish of the cross.

With a prayer You fed the hungry;

With a word You stilled the sea;

Yet how silently You suffered

That the guilty may go free!

 

With a shout You rose victorious,

Wresting vict'ry from the grave,

And ascended into heaven,

Leading captives in Your way.

Now You stand before the Father,

Interceding for Your own;

From each tribe and tongue and nation,

You are leading sinners home!

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This song (co-written with Keith Getty) was an interesting journey for me lyrically. Sometimes I have a very clear pattern for where a song is going to go; with this one, I knew that I wanted to start with Paul’s great statements about Christ in Colossians, and contrast that with His humble humanity, His death, resurrection and humanity. But it didn’t quite hold together until I noticed the underlying theme of SPEAKING.
Jesus is the Word, through whom all things were made, and who sustains all things by the word of His power. Then we see the power of His words when He lived on earth – His prayers, His speaking to the storm – until we come to the unique moment in all of history when he is silent, as He offers up his life on the cross - as a sheep is silent before the shearer, as the Old Testament puts it.
This again contrasts with the ‘shout’ of the resurrection, and the continual intercession he performs on our behalf before the Father. And throughout the whole of history, this ‘Word’ is being spoken out across the lands.
The metaphor of speaking is deeply and beautifully embedded in Scripture, and is a wonderful indication of God’s desire to be in relationship with his creation.         - Stuart Townend
 

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