Song: Over All I Know
Artist: Vertical Worship
As humans, it is very difficult for us to relinquish control that we have to someone else. Maybe we’ve been let down or betrayed in the past. Maybe we like things done a specific way and it is hard for us to allow it to be done another way. Maybe we are too afraid to fail to risk letting someone else have control of something because “they don’t know how much is at stake”. There are many reasons we tell ourselves we can’t relinquish control of something to another person. But how does that affect the way we behave with God? Do we not still try to maintain control of different aspects of our life even though God is asking for us to give Him all aspects of each of our lives? It’s easy to give God certain parts of who we are but not easy at all to give Him others. Our song today does a great job of explaining why we can trust God to take care of all things, and how He has power and control over all things.
“You tell mountains they must fall and they fall, You tell oceans to be still and they’re calm, You tell sickness it must leave and it’s gone, in my weakness God I know You are strong”
From the first verse of the song, we get to declare God’s power over ALL things. The author of the song references several scriptures from Jesus’ time on earth. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him” (Mark 11:23, NASB). Here, Jesus is speaking specifically about us, but we know that it also pertains to Him. He has perfect faith in the Father, and so He could command the mountain to fall and it would fall. “Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Hush, be still.’ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:38-40, NASB). Jesus spoke and the storm obeyed Him. This speaks to God’s power, that He can control the forces of nature, something that we as humans cannot do. There are multiple instances where Jesus heals people of sicknesses: He heals the lame, He restores sight to the blind, He heals a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. But I want to cite another verse: “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.” (Matthew 4:23&24, NASB). Here, we see that people with all different kinds of diseases and conditions were brought to Him, and He healed them. This shows Jesus’ power over the world and even over spiritual forces, in the cases of the demoniacs.
“You are the one above it all, I stand in awe, You’re the God over all I know
No higher name, no greater throne, You stand alone, You’re the God over all I know”
The chorus is our continual response to God for who He is, what He has done, and what He is doing (and will do). We proclaim that God is over ALL. He is above it ALL, there is no higher name and no greater throne than that of the Lord God Almighty. What do we mean by all? Does it mean God is above all the trials I don’t personally struggle with? Does it mean He is over all the things I let Him be over? Does it mean He is over the things that I think He is over, meaning He is over some things but surely others are too big for Him? NO! What it means is that He is over ALL. ALL things. Every single thing. We even see in Mark 5 that, upon seeing Jesus, the demoniac known as Legion ran up to Jesus and BOWED BEFORE HIM! Later on, the demons implored Jesus to not send them out of the country and then again to send them into the herd of swine. “The demons implored Him, saying, ‘Send us into the swine so that we may enter them.’” (This next part is my favorite part of this passage) “Jesus gave them permission…” (Mark 5:12-13, NASB). The demons had to beg permission from Jesus to do something when they were in His presence. That is true power and authority.
“You tell broken things be healed and they’re whole, You tell fear it has not place, it must go, You tell death it has no chance, it won’t win, and if You are for me, God, what can come against?”
There are multiple instances where Jesus restores people from brokenness to wholeness. See the woman that Jesus encounters at the well (John 4), the woman caught in adultery (John 8), Jesus eating with sinners (Mark 2), and even Jesus’ interaction with Peter after His resurrection (John 21) for a few instances. Jesus also promises us peace, and not just peace, but peace that the world doesn’t know. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27, NASB) Jesus actually tells us we can have His peace. And the best news of all, we know that Jesus has defeated death by His resurrection. See 2 Timothy 1:10, “…but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…” (read the rest of the chapter for context). This is the good news for us, that Christ died for us, paying our debt that we couldn’t, and redeeming us to right relationship with God.
“God, You’re in control of everything I know, and I can trust You, I can trust You”
The miracles of God in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament show that God has control of all things. The creation story shows us that God has control over the very forces of life. He spoke light into existence. He spoke animals and plants and water and earth into existence. We see, as I mentioned above, that Jesus has control over all diseases, and we see that He has control over the demons. We see from Mark 4 that Jesus has control over the forces of nature. We see, from His resurrection, that God has control over life and death. All these things begin to paint a picture that God has control over everything, but see these words from John 1, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3, NASB). If all things came into being through Him, then He is the Creator of all and must control all.
“I believe it, I have seen it, My God is over all
I believe it, I receive it, My God is over all”
(There are two bridges in this song that are very similar to one another and are repetitive, so I only included each line once.)
This bridge can be broken into three sections: an admission, an acceptance, and a proclamation. “I believe it” is an admission to ourselves, to others, and to God. With these three words, we are saying the rest of the song is not just words we sing because we sing during worship, but they are words we truly believe. “I have seen it/I receive it” is our acceptance of what has been proclaimed in the song. “I have seen it” is almost giving proof for why we believe it: we believe God is over all because we have seen proof of this. “My God is over all” is the proclamation. We proclaim God’s authority and power over ALL things.
You may be wondering, “Great. We know that God is over all things. I thought this was called ‘Song of Hope Devotionals’, not ‘Say something that is obvious in the Bible devotionals’.” And you’d be right. It’s very hard to read scripture and not see that God is in control of all things. (This doesn’t mean we don’t have free will. God is powerful enough that He could force all of us to do what He wants, if He desired to do so, but it is out of His perfect love for us that He allows us to freely choose what we will do.) But if it is true that God is over all things, that means He is more powerful than all things. If He is more powerful than all things, then should we not find hope and peace in surrendering our battles to Him? “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.” (Psalm 27:1-3, NASB)