It’s October 29th, 2021, as I write this, and given the nature of the last couple of years I think it’s safe to say that we, the collective ‘we’ that is all of us, have surely had the world as we knew it turned upside down; our old ways of life rattled, shaken, even torn apart at the seams. It all felt sudden; like we went to sleep as usual one night and woke up in a foreign land that none of us knew—trying to figure out how to navigate our way around. Trying to find some familiar thing we could grasp or follow. Trying to find our way back. Trying to move forward.  It’s still strange, we’re still figuring it all out; getting to know the way around. Maybe we’re on the way back. Maybe we’re still walking home, stumbling sometimes, clinging to the parts of pre-pandemic life that have made it out the other side. This song made it out the other side. We started it I don’t know when. Sometime before the world went mad, which it did, and it has, and that’s just it. The craziness has been clarifying, don’t you think? Like it forced us to pan for gold, find the real things, the things that matter, the things that last—and it’s just one thing really. It’s Him. He’s it. He’s our sure thing. Everything else is temporal. It’ll fall away, fade away or inevitably fail. Time will turn it into dust and that dust will blow around the footstool of the only things still standing: His Word, His kingdom and His Name. 

That’s what this is for us—a singing reminder, a slap over our heads, a conscious confession and alignment of what we know to be true. The kingdom of God will never make sense to the world, and if it takes the world completely losing its senses to remind us, so be it.  There’s this sweet naivety to trusting God when it feels like you shouldn’t—through the chaos, through the madness. But He’s good for it. Pillars fall and people fail, but He — “Attiq Yomin” (Ancient of Days), “El ‘Elyon” (God Most High), “Alpha and Omega,” “Beginning and End,” “El Olam” (God Everlasting) — He is and always will be; the surest thing in the universe. 

– Joel Houston

SURE THING

VERSE 1:

Lead me to the Rock

‘Cause I need something higher

Higher than the world could understand

Foolish as the cross

Humble as the price You paid

The wisdom of a kingdom made to last

 

CHORUS 1:

‘Cause I don’t wanna build this life

On Babylons of bricks and pride

Sitting on a fault line bound to quake

I’d rather be a bedrock fool

Who trusts in nothing less than You

When every other sure thing surely fails

 

VERSE 2:

Lead me to the Rock

Lift me from this sinking sand

I’m sorry for the junk I took for grace

Don’t let it take a fall

To bring me to my knees again

But if it’s what I need

I’ll take my place

 

CHORUS 2:

‘Cause I don’t wanna build this house

With rubble from the same old ground

Sitting on a fault line bound to quake

I’m banking on a Roman frame

The bedrock of an empty grave

When every other sure thing surely fails

 

BRIDGE:

Lord through it all

Through the wind and the storm

On this Rock I’ll stand

 

Empires may fold

Pillars fail people fall

But Your Word still stands

 

Age after age

Till the earth fades away

Still Your kingdom stands

 

Name above names

Jesus I need Your grace

‘Cause the world’s gone mad

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Words and Music by:

Benjamin Hastings & Joel Houston


© 2021 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia


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“In every triumph and every failure” God is with us—guiding, comforting and protecting us. “Never Walk Alone” is a song of praise that expresses a heartfelt assurance anchored in the faithfulness of God. This song begins with a meditative remembrance of God’s unfailing love and protection before climbing into a strong chorus of sincere confidence that God has never forsaken us and He will always be our strength, even in the hardest days, “You are faithful and You always will be!”


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Since the very beginning, God’s glory has been displayed in the heavens—His faithfulness and splendour on parade from the rising of the sun to the place where is sets. These same skies that declare God’s glory day after day and night after night, are the same skies under which Christ Jesus was born, lived, was crucified and rose again in victory.

The disciples saw the Lord ascend into, are the same ones that Jesus Himself will someday return on. Whether in the northern or southern hemisphere, these same skies unite us, all of God’s children, as many as the stars in the sky, just as the Lord promised Abraham. It is under these same skies that Christ’s church, His body on earth, exists today. Though separated by oceans and borders, the mandate of Hillsong Worship continues under these same skies. One in heart and spirit, unified in mission and cause—to glorify the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to build His Church, and to serve His Church with the new song. Songs like “Never Walk Alone” and “That’s The Power,” explore the greatness of the character of God, while “Resurrender” and “Secret Place” lead us back to the altar, surrendering in devotion and stirring a hunger for righteousness.

“These Same Skies” is the first of a two-album release from Hillsong Worship in 2021/2022. Recorded in California, this album is led by worship leaders Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Benjamin Hastings, Aodhan King, Chris Davenport, Mi-kaisha Masella (Mi-kaisha Rose) and Tracy Redfern (Saye Pratt).

ABOUT HILLSONG UNITED

Hillsong UNITED is committed to creating a musical expression that speaks to the timeless message of the work of Christ, awakening churches and individuals to the truth of who He is. UNITED was birthed in the heart of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Australia, becoming a truly influential team that give artistic voice to the depth of knowledge of our Creator, calling all people toward Him. With millions of lives impacted spanning many cultural and geographical boundaries, UNITED is comprised of an evolving, eclectic mix of musicians and songwriters led by Joel Houston and Taya, who are committed to speaking the truth, creating a unique sound and connecting people everywhere with God.