Several years ago, our first little church here in Raleigh, Redeemer, planted a church downtown (and since then several others, including our current church, Christ Our Hope). The name of the church was to be Christ Our Comfort, and Pastor Thumpston probably didn't even really mean it when he said: "So, are you going to write us a theme song?"
But I sort of liked the idea and began to look around for scripture centered on God as comforter. Jeremiah 31 is the passage to which I was drawn, and I wrote this tune with little lyrical modification from the Word. No rhyme scheme. And a bit wordy for Chris Tomlin, I imagine. :) But it felt special. I recorded it (on tape!!) and handed it over, and in the years since, the song has embedded itself in the hearts of that congregation and several sister churches in our area.
I'm asked fairly often if I have a recording of this song, but the old demo is a bit out of date, so I decided to go into the studio and do it again. Just because. I invited my friend Josh Hucks, who leads worship for The Bridge Fellowship in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, to join in, which he did - beautifully. Another friend, Ben Trimble, produced it, and I am pleased to be able to share it with you here.
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Jeremiah 31 by Christa Wells
I have loved you with an everlasting love I have drawn you with loving-kindness And I will build you up again You will be rebuilt, O Israel You will dance with the joyful
And the Lord says, I will comfort I will satisfy I will fill my people with my bounty (repeat)
There will be a day when the watchmen will cry out Come, let us go up to Zion You will make your praises heard And I will bring you back, Israel I will be your Father
No more weeping, keep your eyes from tears For your work here will be rewarded Are you not my children in whom I delight, O Israel? I yearn for you, Israel
I will put my law in your minds I will write it on your hearts I will be your God And you will be my people, O Israel There is hope for your future
Chorus Jeremiah 31 - Christa Wells
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