Progressive Worship Spotlight: Mightier

My band is very familiar with Aaron Strumpel. 

At one point, we had nine Strumpel songs in rotation. No kidding. His albums, especially Bright Star, are full of innovative songs with refreshing lyrics. When worship music starts to all sound the same, Aaron Strumpel is an oasis in the desert. 

(I get a little extra when I find good music)

Mightier is one of my favorite Strumpel pieces. It has: 

  1. A God without gender (we need songs like these)
  2. Direct references to Psalm 93
  3. Beautiful lyrics about us joining nature in praising God (and who doesn’t need a little eco-theology here and there?)
  4. Metaphor! Anthropomorphism! Playful ambiguity that challenges open-minded people and doesn’t scare away others!

Check out the song below. I’ve found that the “Sing out!” section and the way the song layers at the end can throw off the congregation, so I tend to go straight from the bridge (“time just stands still”) to a final chorus. 

Mightier than the thunder of great waters
Mightier than the breakers of the sea
It’s You who stands firm; it’s You who is throned in majesty

Mightier than the sky the holds the clouds
Mightier than the heavens high above
It’s you who stands firm; it’s you who is throned in majesty

Oh the seas lift up their voices
And the skies pound their big drums
Yeah the rocks cry out your name
And time just stands still

Mightier than the stones that hold the world
Mightier than the rock underneath my feet
It’s You who stands firm; it’s You who is throned in majesty

Mightier than the time that marches on
Mightier than the countless centuries
It’s You who stands firm; it’s You who is throned in majesty

Time just stands still; we just stand still
This glorious moment can’t just end till we sing out loud
We sing out to You our love
Right???