"Across the Lands," new hymn by Keith & Kristyn Getty
From the album "Keith & Kristyn Getty Live at The Gospel Coalition," Husband and Wife duo, Keith & Kristyn Getty has released a new lyric video for their hymn, "Across the Lands." The hymn was originally by Keith and his long-time collaborator, Stuart Townend for the prayer book, “Operation World.”
Stuart Townend had this to say about Across the Lands.
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.
About LIVE AT THE GOSPEL COALITION
In the spring of 2013, the National Conference of The Gospel Coalition was held in Orlando, Florida, and was attended by some 5,000 people from more than 40 countries and 49 of the United States. Through sermons, presentations, and discussions, the group contemplated anew the peace man has with God because of and through Christ and considered application of the gospel in missions and in daily work. Read more.
About Keith and Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over. Read More.
About Stuart Townend
Stuart is one of the leading worship songwriters of his generation: from “How Deep the Father’s Love” to “In Christ Alone”, “The Power of the Cross” to “Beautiful Saviour”, his songs are sung in churches and events around the world, and his lyrics acclaimed in the same breath as those of Watts and Wesley. His songs will feed the church for many years to come. Read more.
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