4 Obvious Observations Taken from “Somebody Bigger Than You And I”

I really appreciate the power of music.

Those who know me best have learned that my appreciation extends to various styles and spans several decades. If you investigated my smartphone, that’s what my Spotify and iTunes accounts would reveal.

I have an old Elvis Presley album on my iTunes account. This particular song randomly came on this week while I drove home after dark from an extended hospital visit.

My old iPhone and car have this weird way of connecting when they want to and playing whatever. I describe this as random because I didn’t search out my iTunes app and select this song to play. But sometimes, the Holy Spirit is in the details of what appears to be random and uses these moments to encourage me.

Just in case you’re wondering, let me be transparent. My playlists include a plethora of modern music and even some that are nothing but feel-good fun tunes.

Somebody Bigger Than You And I was written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, and Sonny Burke. But it has been recorded by several vocalists: Mahalia Jackson, Carroll Roberson, Andy Griffith, and Whitney Houston are among the most notable. Slowly read through the lyrics, and then I’ll share more.

Who made the mountains? Who made the trees?
Who made the rivers flow to the sea?
And who sends the rain when the earth is dry?
Somebody bigger than you and I

Who made the flowers to bloom in the Spring?
Who made the song for the robins to sing?
And who hung the moon and the stars in the sky?
Somebody bigger than you and I

He lights the way when the road is long
He keeps you company
And with His love to guide you
He walks beside you
Just like He walks with me

When I am weary, filled with despair
Who gives me courage to go on from there?
And who gives me faith that will never die
Somebody bigger than you and I

1) I hope you know the One described as “Somebody bigger than you and I.” God almighty is revealed in these lyrics. I can easily see the holy trinity in this song.

2) The first and second verses describe God as our great and blessed Creator. Yet, in verse three, He’s also seen as a constant companion to those who acknowledge His presence.

3) But don’t overlook the last verse. God “gives me faith that will never die” is an excellent point of meditation because it’s biblical. In the Bible, we learn that Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

4) Please don’t overlook the blessed ministry of the Holy Spirit in the opening line of this final verse (there’s so much scriptural support for His ministry). His timing is impeccable, “When I am weary, filled with despair.” And what does He do? He “gives me courage to go on from” my times of despair. Oh, what a Comforter He is!

Before reading this, did you know of this “Somebody Bigger” song? If you’re not a fan of Elvis Presley’s vocals, give it a listen to by a different talent.

Speaking of older music, in a recent worship service, we loved on God with the old standard, “How Great Thou Art.” I enjoyed renewed appreciation for that hymn as it was the crescendo of our modern worship set. It also helped that I enjoyed a proud dad moment as my youngest sang lead on it.

What about your favorite music lately? Does it encourage you in godliness? Does it make you want to be a better Christian and love God more?

Comment below, and let’s keep the conversation going.

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