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09. Wonderful Maker

Where Angels Fear To Tread
by Matt Redman



 

Verse 1
You spread out the skies over empty space
Said, “Let there be light”
To a dark and formless world
Your light was born

Verse 2
You spread out your arms over empty hearts
Said, “Let there be light”
To a dark and hopeless world
Your Son was born

Chorus
You made the world and saw that it was good
You sent Your only Son, for You are good
What a wonderful Maker
What a wonderful Savior
How majestic Your whispers
And how humble Your love
With a strength like no other
And the heart of a Father
How majestic Your whispers
What a wonderful God

Verse 3
No eye has fully seen how beautiful the cross
And we have only heard the faintest whispers
Of how great You are

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Behind the Song:
Scripture References: Job 26:7-9
Verse Text: “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space, He suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in His clouds, Yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, Spreading out his clouds over it….”

'This song came as a nice surprise... I was spending a couple of days with Chris Tomlin, to sharpen each other as songwriters. We decided not to go ‘hunting’ for songs, but if anything came up, we’d flow with it. We were looking at some amazing poetic lines in Job and the Psalms, and before we knew it were writing a song.

The song responds to God as both the ‘Wonderful Maker’ and the ‘Wonderful Saviour’. Using phrase from Genesis, Job, and the New Testament, we tried to draw little parallels between those two themes throughout the song, eg ''You spread out the skies over empty space, said let there be light, and to a dark and formless world your light was born'' and 'You spread out your arms over empty hearts, said let there be light, and to a dark and hopeless world your son was born.'

Sometimes when a song is finished, I add up all the 'me/my/I/we/our’s' etc, and then how many times it addresses or titles the Lord. It struck me that this song gets all the way to the last line without mentioning me/my/I/we etc. We hadn’t done that consciously, but I love that it worked out that way. I’d love to write more songs like that – so caught up in the revelation of God that we forget about ourselves!' - Matt Redman

 

 

 

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