If I Stand

One musician who continues to have a profound affect on me to this day is the late Rich Mullins. His life was amazing and he had a great musical career but I think the greatest thing he did was move to a Navajo reservation to teach music to the children. He didn’t live in a fancy house — he lived in a hogan. After his death, his family started Kid Brothers of St. Frank to provide art, music, and drama camps for Native American youth as well as create a traveling music school to go to the farthest reaches of the reservations.

His songs “Awesome God” and “Sometimes by Step” (“O God You Are My God”) are a worship standard in pretty much every Protestant church/camp/ministry as well as a number of Catholic ones. His faith bridged the divide and he had a devotion to St. Francis of Assisi although he never converted to Catholicism. (He did go through RCIA.)

There are several of his songs that I post every so often because they reflect my feelings. The one that really reflects my faith on a daily basis is “If I Stand”. The chorus (the bolded portion which is repeated twice at the end) is as capable of reducing me to tears today as it was when I heard it 13 years ago:

There’s more that rises in the morning
Than the sun
And more that shines in the night
Than just the moon
It’s more than just this fire here
That keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger
Than this room

And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home

There’s more that dances on the prairies
Than the wind
More that pulses in the ocean
Than the tide
There’s a love that is fiercer
Than the love between friends
More gentle than a mother’s
When her baby’s at her side

And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegence
I owe only to the Giver
Of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home

So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home

And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home

Here’s the recording that I have:

I also found a video of him performing it live at Wheaton College:

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