I just finished a new song called Hope Remains and I wanted to share it with everyone. Still trying to decide if its congregational and appropriate for Sunday morning worship or not. Feel free to weigh in. Our praise team at VFC was supposed to do it for special music last weekend but it just didn’t work out.
Lyrically, I wanted to focus on hope – that eternal, remaining gift from Heaven that seems to always take a backseat to faith and love (1 Cor. 13:13). I wanted to write an anthem that showed what it looked like when we emptied ourselves – our fears, questions and insecurities and just held on to the hope of our salvation through Jesus. The song ends with what is hopefully a very rousing and effective declaration that no matter what life hands us, we will cling to hope and let it be the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).
Musically, I tried to keep it simple enough to sing but interesting enough that it didn’t sound like everything else. The turnaround and bridge chords/melody are extremely pop-typical so I tried to make the verse and chorus chords/melody a little more unique. And I love the guitar part on top of the chorus (“All that I am…”) – it just sounds so pretty to me.
Ok, so here are the excuses: I recorded all the instruments in 2 hours and all vocals in 30 minutes so its not like this is gonna be high quality, people! But hey, it didn’t cost anything! I hope you enjoy the song and pray that you’re encouraged to hold fast hope!
Hope is rising up and strengthening my faith
The fear that held me back has now begun to fade
All that I am I give away, ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains
Hope is sinking in and keeping me secure
And as I trust and wait, I patiently endure
All that I am I give away ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains
I’m confident that God will save and as I believe, my hope remains
So when the pressure’s building and I can feel the weight
I know my God still loves me I won’t hold back my praise
When disappointment finds me and things don’t go my way
My joy will not be stolen, no one can take my faith
And I won’t stop pursuing, no I won’t be afraid
Though I’m not sure what’s coming I know that hope remains
Whoa, hope remains