With Is A Power Thing – Behind the writing of You’re With Me

I was on a flight to an event going through my normal routine. I like to have a coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I especially like it early in the morning because then it’s like I’m reading brand new news and not something I caught a piece of on the trillion screens we have in every restaurant, mall, airport, and even on our phones. I like to read the story. In the midst of reading world news and editorials an advertisement grabbed my eye.

Unfortunately for the company, I don’t remember what was being sold but I remember the picture and title. It was a picture from behind four kids sitting on the beach with their arms around each other looking out at the ocean waves. The words across the top were “With is a powerful thing!”

I love that line.

Weeks later I was at Camp Timber-lee with the band playing for a senior high extreme weekend. The speaker was an important friend in my life named Pastor Jeff Klein from Wheaton, IL. Jeff has taken many days to talk with me and pray for me. I actually send my lyrics to him to check my theology, content, and message.

That weekend he talked about how so many people in the Bible are referred to as people who “walked with the Lord” or how “the Lord was with them.” In the examples he gave, I started to think about how I forget that when life gets so hard.

Photo from Microsoft Clip Art

Even as I write this, I confess to you I feel very overwhelmed by some things and even defeated in some regard. When it’s hard, I will sometimes call on God in prayer like He is located at some fire station down the street or like He is an ambulance.

But it’s just not like that.

I started to write down people in the Bible like Moses or David and wondered what they may have felt like in super intense moments.

Did they call 911 or did they act and speak like God was already right there with them because God was with them? I took my ideas to Paul Marino, and we begin to write but something missing. I know God is with me and yet I can be scared…

I heard Pastor David Housholder preach from Acts 2, and he talked about how in verse 14 Peter preaches with bold urgency even knowing he risked his life doing so but was not afraid. Then Pastor David asked, “Why wasn’t Peter afraid?”

His answer? Because Peter was just filled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is NOT afraid. That’s what I needed to hear and what I wanted the bridge to say in the song, so that’s we wrote.

My friends, for me “You’re With Me” was a different style to write and but as you read and I hope listen to the song, you will realize the RESCUE God gave us was so we never, and I mean never, have to be afraid.

Simply because God is with us.

Take a listen to the song. Download the ringtone here: yourewithme_rt

God Is Good All The Time,

Peder

Some days I stand at the water like Moses I have nowhere to go
Sometimes I facing the giant just holding a sling and a stone
It’s then that I cling to Your promise that You have not left me alone
You’re before, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

Some days I am circled by lions who seek to, to devour my soul
The times I choose to deny You then I hear, I hear the rooster crow
It’s then when I come to my senses and hold to the hope that I know
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz you’re not afraid
I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid
‘Cuz You’re not afraid, Lord
‘Cuz I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz, Lord, I know You’re not afraid and I know that You’re with me
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me. You’re with me.

It Came in the Mail- Writing “Come to the Rescue”

On the Rescue project, a song that was truly a labor and love to write was “Come To The Rescue.” My 13-plus years of partnership with Compassion International and adopting two of my children has revolutionized my heart and the heart of my family. Our ministry’s heart for orphan care has grown and continues to become more passionate. After we had written and recorded “Roll The Stone Away” on the Taste and See project, I discovered I wanted to write more about this theme: the urgency of taking care of children in poverty, orphans, little ones who can easily go unnoticed and the hurt to advocate for them and tell the stories of how the Father God’s heart is all about this.

When we were writing the Rescue CD, I had always kept a bunch of side notes about God’s heart for the poor, left behind, widows, orphans, and so on. The difference this time was finding the word or words that would really speak of what happens when you reach out to a child and pour some of yourself into them AND how we just can’t procrastinate about doing something. I was standing in my kitchen with my wife, Sherri, when one our staff brought a package we received from Compassion.

It was information about a new program called Rescue Me, a ministry specifically for children who are under five years of age and are at high risk of not surviving. It was this ministry and more so this word “rescue.” Rescue means “to free or deliver form confinement, danger, or evil.” That said everything to me.

I already had a tune in my head that I came up when I was on a run so I started to lay down some ideas and immediately sent them to Bob Stromberg and my producer Paul Marino. Because they both have a heart for Compassion and children in need, we went right to work.

The one thing about the song that is different is it has less of a feel of gentleness or graciousness. What I mean is that sometimes when we talk about a subject like this we tend to approach it with “Would you mind if we talk about poverty?” or “If it doesn’t make you uncomfortable, could I tell you about children who are hurting?” The word rescue itself pretty much squelches that. To rescue someone is not convenient; it’s an urgent moment. When we wrote this song, we wanted to be true to the word and the reality. Children need to be rescued. It’s urgent and not always convenient.

Check out the “Come to the Rescue” video.

Please retweet it, re-post it, share it in whatever way you can. It’s not about charity; it’s about justice.

If you go to www.PederEide.com and click on the Compassion Tab and sponsor a child, we will send you a copy of Rescue. Just email me at peder@pedereide.com and tell me you sponsored a child and we will get the music.

Here is a come to the “Come to the Rescue” ringtone download: Cometotherescueringtone

In a village by the river where the water once ran sweet
a child and her family would gather there to eat
now she sits there weeping, hungry and alone
it’s all gone
poverty surrounds her and weaves it’s wicked spell
She hides inside her memories to bear this living hell
The voice the whispered hopes and dreams has all but gone away
gone away
All that she has
is a bowl full of tears
a stomach that’s aching
a heart that is breaking
praying somehow someone somewhere will hear
and come to the rescue

He wanders through the garbage down a moon-lit, muddy street
looking for shelter, just anywhere to sleep
for a little boy who’s eight years old, it’s hard to understand:
Why did they die and leave him behind?
All that he has is a bowl full of tears,
a stomach that’s aching,
a heart that is breaking
praying somehow someone somewhere will hear
and come to the rescue

Can you hear them? Will you listen?
Can you hear them? The forgotten and alone
Will you listen? To the hungry and afraid
Can you hear them? The one that’s losing hope
Will you listen? It doesn’t have to be this way
Can you hear them? / Can you hear them?
Will you listen? / Will you listen?

Until all that you have is a bowl full of tears,
a stomach that’s aching,
a heart that is breaking
to be the somehow someone somewhere who hears
and comes to rescue
Come to the rescue
Can you hear them? Will you listen?
Can you hear their cries? Is your heart breaking?
Can you feel the aching inside?
Can you hear them calling, calling
come to the rescue
come to the rescue

I never dreamed a song would come to me through the mail.

Keep carrying the Kingdom of God, my friends, to all who need the presence of our Abba Father.

God is good all the time.

Peder

Risky Songwriting: An Inseide look at the song “Be”

I was leading worship for a senior high youth event called Godstock during the time when I was writing for the project Taste And See.

The speaker was a friend of mine named Lyle Griner who works with Peer Ministry Leadership. He shared the powerful story of when his first wife passed away suddenly and his journey through that darkness. At the end of his talk, he asked me to come up and play some acoustic background music while he led the students through a time of prayer from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

He taught the students a prayer with that verse broken down into sections. He started each line with the beginning of the verse but would subtract a word each time, making it shorter and shorter until all that was left was “Be.” I was so moved by this prayer because Psalm 46:10 was a crucial verse for me when I lost my mom to a car accident when I was 14.

As he continued to teach the students the prayer, I took the music I was playing behind Lyle and sang the words of the prayer in my head. I would adjust the music to fit the words without disrupting the prayer time. In my head it was coming together.

When Lyle was done praying, I started to sing what was in my head. In songwriting this is the biggest risk you can take. First, because you have no idea how it’s going to flow. Second, because you have no idea how it will be received.

This is what I sang:

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Praise be to God! It went amazing. When I began to sing the tune, I loved the words coming off of my lips. It became so important for my own heart to hear myself say those words out loud.

That was the chorus right there. After the weekend I invited Bob and Paul to help me write the verses of what became one of my favorite songs.

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Though mountains fall,

the earth give way

I’ll be your refuge.

I’ll be your strength.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Be safe

Be loved

Because I am sovereign

you are not forgotten,

of this you can be sure.

I know your hopes.

I know your fears.

Rest in My promise that I am here.

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Special thanks to Lyle for blessing my life with his powerful story and journey.

Here is a link to a free ringtone for the song “Be.” Sometimes it’s good to “be” reminded that God is still God and His peace is perfect no matter who is calling. :)

Hope you’re enjoying the inseide look. :) I’m enjoying telling the stories and hearing how God has used these songs in your life.

Does Psalm 46:10 have a special meaning to you? How about the song “Be”?

Peder

“Be” Written by Peder Eide, Paul Marino, and Bob Stromberg  Copyright 2006 Ya Sure! Music (ASCAP) Van Ness Press. Inc. (ASCAP) Stream Mountain Music (BMI) All rights reserved. Used by Permission

The Writing The Song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else”

The next blogs are going to be in response to an invitation to ask how I wrote certain songs. What inspired them, where they came from, and little back story.

For me, song ideas come from anywhere. Books, sermons, my own devotional time, movies, advertisements, personal experience, almost anywhere.

The song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else” from the CD Rescue is one of my favorites. Here’s why:

When my oldest son Taylor was about 11, I did a read aloud with him called Teknon, The Champion Warrior. It’s a kids science fiction story centered on a father and son as the son comes into young manhood.

The father is a brilliant scientist and soldier/warrior who gathers fellow warriors to go and take on the evil villain who has stolen the Logos (which is a symbol for God’s Truth and Word in the story). The son is asked to come a long as test of his character and to see if he is ready to enter into manhood. Taylor and now my son Ethan both love it!

In the book, the warriors would pray to God on their adventure and they would end each pray with “Your will be done, nothing more nothing less nothing else.”

It really struck me. As a follower of Jesus, am I really ok with whatever God wants to do with me as long brings Him glory and like we pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done”? There is more to that than just trying to say the right words.

In the midst of writing the song with my friend and producer Paul Marino, I was captivated by something Pastor Bill Bohline said in Sunday morning message at our home church, Hosanna! He was telling about a conversation he had with a man named Peter Erickson from our church. Peter was sick with cancer, and Bill had asked him how he was doing. Peter’s response hit me deeply. He said, “Bill, if I die or if I live, either way I win. Either God has a plan for me here on earth or I get to be with Jesus in heaven. There is no bad outcome!”

That’s how I want to live. I don’t but I desire it and seek it. After church I went home into my basement and started to pound out the bridge from the very phrase Peter had said to Pastor Bill.

I hope you are blessed by the tune and, as always, I hope you pass this blog along to others who might find it encouraging. It’s a blessing to what we do here.

You can order or download the Rescue CD at www.PederEide.com. Click here to listen to a sample.

That’s my story of writing “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else.” Now it’s your turn to tell your story about hearing it. Leave it in the comments section for me to read.

God is good all the time.

Peder

If to live is Christ and to die is gain, then teach me how to die.
If to follow You means to follow through and leave this world behind,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. (Do what You want)
If to live by faith is to run the race, then teach me how to run.
If to count the cost, to take up my cross, glorifies Your Son,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. Do what You want.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
I’m in.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else