Behind the music: Mike Waine
“Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
Have you ever faced a challenge that seems impossible to overcome? Even when we have God’s assurance, it is often so tough to trust – after all, the size of the challenge is overwhelming to us.
The first verse of this song is the words that may have come out of the mouths of Joshua’s army as they marched around the walls of Jericho.
“Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall – but you have never failed me yet.
Waiting for change to come, knowing the battles won, for you have never failed me yet.”
I love the way this song is so current in its relevance, but places us in the story of the armies marching around Jericho. As I listen, I associate with their position. I adopt their hope and trust. They could have stopped on day four, five or six. Even then, at a point of exhaustion, they continue on, due to the faith they have in God’s faithfulness.
This song reminds me that even when everything around looks like we should just give up, we can sing;
“Your promise still stands, great is your faithfulness. I’m still in your hands, this is my confidence, you’ve never failed me yet.”
But it’s not just that we hold on to some strange hope – there are reasons for the hope we find in God. Our lives are testimony to God’s goodness, grace and mercy. We trust in God not because we need anything to trust in, but because God has been shown to be trustworthy time and time again.
“I’ve seen you move, you move the mountains and I believe I’ll see you do it again.
You made a way, where there was no way and I believe I’ll see you do it again.”
This song serves to remind us that, no matter how tall or strong the walls that are in our way may seem, we can trust God to make a way. It won’t always be the way we’d have done things (thank goodness!) but we can rely on God’s faithfulness.
Over and over again.
You can find this and other songs on our Resound Worship playlist by clicking here.