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Wednesday Is for Worship: “Indescribable”

Good morning on this Wednesday!  What a day it is to praise the Lord!  We just finished up our Vacation Bible School this past Friday.  We did Group’s “Sky” and had a wonderful time worshiping the Lord.  One of the songs we sang last week has been on my mind constantly.  It’s a newer worship song, but not brand new.  In fact, it’s a been a staple of worship for some years now, even making it into the recent 2008 Baptist hymnal called The Worship Hymnal.  I’m talking about the song “Indescribable.”

Written by Jesse Reeves and Laura Story and published through songs in 2004, the song has become affiliated with singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin who recorded it that same year on his “Arriving” album.  In fact, I first worshiped the Lord with this song at Tomlin’s release concert of this album in 2004 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.

Here’s Tomlin leading us to worship our indescribable God.  Don’t forget to worship along!

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God


The song is inspired by the beauty and marvel of creation.  If creation is beautiful and marvelous, how much more so is the Creator himself!  As Psalm 19:1 tells us, The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Verse 1 declares nature’s revelation of God’s glory.  Every inch of it does so, from sky to the ocean floor.  It’s not just something we are told.  It’s something we can experience through our senses, particularly sight, smell, and hearing, which are alluded to in this verse.

Verse 2 draws upon God’s awe-inspiring rebuke of Job in Job 38, particularly Job 38:19, 22, 25.  God shut Job’s mouth from complaining and then dropped it open again in speechlessness.  Oh that we would experience the same!

The chorus is the response to the verses.  It bursts out exclaiming the glory of God.  He’s too good and glorious for mere human words (indescribable). He can’t be boxed in (uncontainable).  He can do all things (all powerful).  He will be domesticated by no man (untamable).  There’s no person or thing like Him (incomparable).  And, He’s all these things and more yesterday, today, and forever (unchangeable).  The only fitting and proper response is to fall to our knees in humility and proclaim, “You are amazing, God!”

Indeed, He is amazing, but not just in His being.  He’s amazing also in His love for sinners. You see, He knows the depraved depths of our hearts but loves us the same, sending His Son Jesus to die for sin so that whosoever believes on Him will be saved from God’s wrath against sinful sinners.  Utterly amazing!

May you be awestruck before God today and forevermore!

Listen to Laura Story explain how she came to write the song and Chris Tomlin share about its recording:


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