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.

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