When Trials Come: Resurrection Songs for a World of Suffering

by The Gospel Coalition

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Songs shape our theology. Curated specifically for TGC's National Women's Conference and the book of 1 Peter, the songs of When Trials Come will remind you again and again of your resurrection hope in suffering and your eternal inheritance in Christ. Listen and let the truths you learn at TGCW16 continue to take root in your heart, even after the conference is over.


released June 13, 2016



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Track Name: Rivers & Robots - We Have Overcome
Words and music by Rivers & Robots. Copyright 2014 Set Sail Music (Admin. by Rivers & Robots). CCLI # 7046592. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

We have overcome
We are purified
We are hidden in the wounds of Christ
He has paid the price
He has brought us near
To behold the glory of The Lord

So we will not fear
Through the storm and through the flood
By Your spirit, by Your blood
We will stand, we will stand
And with a trumpet call
You will open up the sky
Come with glory and with might
And we will be with the lamb

We will be with You

Though the storm may come
We are unashamed
Of the name above all other names
He’s our victory
He’s our joy and prize
He’s the reason we lay down our lives

Track Name: Sandra McCracken - He Walks With Me (1 Peter)
Words and music by Sandra McCracken and Seth Philpott. Copyright 2017 Drink Your Tea Music (Admin by Music Services) and 2016 Vamanos Clay (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. 

Though now we have trials
We wait for salvation
Though tested by fire
We suffer with joy

By his great mercy
Our hope has been born again
Faithful as the morning
We are raised up with Christ

And I cannot see him
But oh how I love him
I cannot see him, but I believe
I know he walks with me.
I believe, that he walks with me.

Raised up with the priesthood
To witness his wondrous works
Called out from the darkness
To shimmering light

Track Name: The Village Church - Raging Strong (feat. Isaac Wimberley)
Words and music by Isaac Wimberley and Nate Calvin. Copyright 2013 The Village Church. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Have you resisted temptation to the point of shedding blood?

Have you endured persecution to the point of giving up?

Do you even recognize that there's a battle raging strong, over your thoughts and purity?
And this battle will last your entire life long?

So here's what I'll do, I'll tell you where this war began

It was Genesis 1 & 2, Adam and Eve in the garden walking hand in hand

Eve sunbathing just working on her tan
Adam running through the fields just trying to be the man

You see, that's when things were right.

There were no murders in the middle of the night
There was no cancer invading bodies, there was no strife
But sin cut the cord of humanity’s life.

You see Genesis 3, Adam and Eve believed the lies
The lies that to this day is still robbing you and I
Here are the lies:
That we are our own purpose.
That life exists only on this surface.
That love, joy, honor that we deserve it.
You see, we're still listening to the serpent!

The enemy knows you better than you know yourself
And he hates you!
He wants to choke out your breath

Stop your heart like cardiac arrest

Ruin you name, your life, your family, until there's not anything left

But sin set in motion God’s redemptive plan

For God so loved the world that He would send His son to man

To rescue, to redeem, to reconcile all things
 back to Himself

And it was in this God-man that the Father’s fullness was pleased to dwell
And Christ was sent on mission to conquer hell
He would take the sin of the world and He would bear it as His own

And the wrath that you and I both deserve was transferred to Him alone

And like a lamb led to slaughter, our savior didn’t make a sound

Wearing whiplashes as a robe and thorns as a crown
Carrying His cross all the way across town
And with His arms outstretched He hung, blood and water flowing down

With my finite mind, it doesn’t make any sense

That He gets my sin, and I get His righteousness

And so my King was laid in a grave

Not breathing, His mother weeping, the pre-destined dying day

But three days later that stone had been rolled away
And truth be told, death couldn’t hold
The enemy couldn’t keep Him in that grave
Because my king is no longer dead

That serpent bruised His heal while Christ’s foot was smashing His head

And our fears and our insecurities, those things have been put to bed

We live the life that Christ provides through His dying breath
He is risen from the grave

And God has given Him a name

A name that is worthy to be praised

The only name that saves is
Jesus, God’s only son
There’s a battle raging strong but the war is already won

He sits in victory at His Father’s right side

And yeah, He’s got scars in His hands, scars in His feet, and a scar on His side

But it’s through those scars that we have life

And it’s through those scars that we have the strength to fight
So let’s fight
! Fight with all your might
! Don’t waste your life.

I’m telling you that there’s going to be strife
But our King holds the keys to hell and He’s about to turn off the light

So believe on Jesus

He was born, died, and was raised to free
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life—God’s only Son

There’s a battle raging strong but the war is already won.

Track Name: Jenny & Tyler - See the Conqueror
Words and music by Jennifer Somers and Tyler Somers. Copyright 2012 One Eyed Cat Music. CCLI #: 7013693. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

See the Conqueror mounts in triumph
See the King in royal state
Riding on the clouds His chariot
To his heavenly palace gate

Hark the choirs of angel voices
Joyful alleluias sing
And the portals high are lifted
to receive their heavenly King.

Who is this that comes in glory
with the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies,
He has gained the victory!

He who on the cross did suffer!
He who from the grave arose!
He has vanquished sin and satan!
He by death has spoiled his foes!

They raced to the tomb, angels stood by
Mary was weeping for the empty inside
For the sins of the world, for the sake of His bride
He went to His death, and behold, He’s alive!
He's alive! O He's alive!

Thou hast raised our human nature
In the clouds to God’s right hand
There we sit in heavenly places
There with Thee in glory stand

Jesus reigns adorned by angels
Man with God is on the throne
Mighty Lord in Thine ascension
We by faith behold our own
We by faith behold our own

Track Name: Jackie Hill Perry - Suffering Servant
Words by Jackie Hill Perry. Music by Beautiful Eulogy. Copyright 2014 Humble Beast Records and 2014 Be Humble Publishing (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Some people make me sad
They walk past me with the rattle of buried bodies in their skeletons
I’m interested in why they haven’t dropped them off yet
How they have gotten so comfortable with the weight of death on their backs
I wonder if they have seen stars in their eyes and moons beneath their smirk
But you can tell that a mirror would only give them nightmares
I wish I could wake them up
Untuck them from the comfort of lonely
And remind them that some dreams do come true
That a heart with chameleon like pain won’t always be that color
Even though the past and present haunt them like a vengeful eternity
Scaring the peace out of their faith
I place my two fingers next to their weary hands and pinky promise them that worship isn’t too far from their reach
As long as they are willing to try
Willing to crawl their dying hope to the edge of the throne of mercy
Drag their weak hearts into the castle skies of David’s God and beg for Him to reign there
With no umbrella
Just heaven disrupting the hell imprisoned beneath your ribcage
Filling your lungs with songs that have been too scared to fly
It is ok
Your earthly tears will be a means for praise the day that you see your Kings face and he wipes them away
So smile
Peace is coming.

Track Name: Caroline Cobb - Do Not Lose Heart
Words and music by Caroline Cobb. Copyright 2016 by Caroline Cobb Smith.

Though outwardly we waste away
Our flesh and foe assail us
Though we grow weary on the way
The promise will not fail us

We feel the ache, our spirits groan
We long for full redemption
When God will bring His children home
Forever to be with Him

Do not lose heart, our hope is stronger
Jesus is risen up
Do not lose heart, our king has conquered
And He will overcome

Though suffering is long and hard
It’s only momentary
Compared to heaven’s great reward
Eternal weight of glory

We fix our eyes upon the cross
Where he endured our shame
We hold to love that can’t be lost
And joy that will not fade

Do not lose heart, our hope is stronger
Jesus is risen up
Do not lose heart, our king has conquered
And He will overcome
So we will overcome

Bought with the blood
Sealed by the Spirit
When the storm rises
We will not fear it
Beloved children
Heirs of the Father
He is our trust
Our hope is stronger

Track Name: Page CXVI - Fast From, Feast On
Lyrics Inspired by a Poem from William Arthur Ward.
Lyrics written by Latifah Philips, Limo Cat Publishing (SESAC) © 2014 and David Wilton, Loud Harp Publishing © 2014. Music by Latifah Philips, Limo Cat Publishing (SESAC) © 2014 and David Wilton, Loud Harp Publishing © 2014. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Fast from the swelling darkness,
Feast on the power of his light
Fast from discontentment,
Feast on the joy that he brings

Sustainer, Protector, the Well of Life!
My Helper, My comfort, the bread of life
Is you-oo-ooo
Is you-oo-ooo!

Fast from the fear that haunts us,
Feast on the power of his might!
Fast from the trap of judgment,
Feast on all that's been redeemed

From the sorrow's shadow to perfect light
From the darkness of our doubt to a cleansing white
From the sorrow's shadow to perfect light
From the blindness of our sin to healing sight

Track Name: Blair Linne - The Perfection of Beauty
Words by Blair Linne. Copyright 2011 Shai Linne. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Beauty is sold in exchange for a "dime"
Nothing to attract us to You, yet we worship Your creation as fine
Captivated by it's forbidden fruit
Pleasing our senses, so we suppress the truth
And eat the lie
Media's fig leaf deadening our soul and mind
Sin blinding us to You
The only objective Beauty that's truly absolute
Hidden in the symmetry of Your goodness, glory and truth
Each attribute working harmoniously
Justice with patience, wrath with graciousness
Omnipotence with humility, long-suffering with faithfulness
Each a note to a sweet melody
The ultimate hymn entitled "God's Beauty"
Immutable, no change
Because "dimes" get lost daydreaming in dark gutters
Unable to hear the call to wake up
They, the noose, dripping honeysuckle
Lips pasted on with Mac makeup
If they truly beheld Your beauty
You'd make magazines and Mattell go bankrupt
You sent Your Beloved to be lifted up
On a beautiful, seemingly ugly cross
The visible image of Your hiddenness
Only You are beautiful and yet invisible
True beauty is spiritual

Therefore, sanctify our worldly minds
Your complexion is unappealing to lustful eyes
Besides, apart from new birth in Christ
Sinners beholding Your Holy beauty would die
Therefore, beauty residing in the eye of the beholder is a lie
It is found in the Beautiful One- The Most High

Track Name: Indelible Grace - Come Ye Souls by Sin Afflicted (feat. Emily Deloach)
Words by Joseph Swain (alternate by KevinTwit). Music by Kevin Twit. Copyright 2013 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Come ye souls by, sin afflicted,
Bowed with fruitless, sorrow down;
By the broken, law convicted,
Through the cross, behold the crown;
Look to Jesus; Look to Jesus; Look to Jesus;
Mercy flows through Him alone.

Take His easy, yoke and wear it;
Love will make your, obedience sweet;
Christ will give you, strength to bear it,
While His grace, shall guide your feet
Safe to glory, Safe to glory, Safe to glory,
Where His ransomed captives meet.

Blessed are the eyes that see Him,
Blest the ears that, hear His voice;
Blessed are the souls that trust Him,
And in Him, alone rejoice;
His commandments, His commandments, His commandments
Then become their happy choice.

Sweet as home to, pilgrims weary,
Light to newly, opened eyes,
Like full springs in, deserts dreary,
Is the rest, the cross supplies;
All who taste it, All who taste it, All who taste it
Shall to rest immortal rise.

Look to Jesus; Look to Jesus; Look to Jesus;
Mercy flows through Him alone.

Track Name: Sovereign Grace Music - Glory Awaits
Words by Jon Underhill and Bob Kauflin. Music by Jon Underhill.
© 2013 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). CCLI # 7001318. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Blood-bought children who are suff'ring
It won't be long, it won't be long
Storm-tossed pilgrim, if you're struggling
It won't be long, it won't be long

Though your flesh is now decaying
It won't be long, it won't be long
A new body God is making
It won't be long, it won't be long

Glory awaits
For all God's redeemed
Glory awaits
And we'll be free

All you saints now bound in prison
It won't be long, it won't be long
Here's your freedom: Christ is risen
It won't be long, it won't be long

We are longing for Christ's appearing
It won't be long, it won't be long
Tears will vanish when we see Him
It won't be long, it won't be long

Track Name: The Gray Havens - Far Kingdom
Words and music by The Gray Havens. Copyright 2016 The Gray Havens Music (SESAC). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

There is a far kingdom
A ways from here
Beyond the storm and the sea
There will be no need of darkness
And none for tears
When that far kingdom I see

There’s a river we will know
Ever clear and ever full
From the fount that overflows
In the light of the King
And when we drink it we will find
That this joy, ever full, will ever rise
And it’ll rise on, in the kingdom
In the kingdom

There is a far kingdom
On the other side of the glass
And by a faint light we see
Still there is more gladness
Longing for the sight
Than to behold or be filled, by anything

There is a far, far kingdom
There at the end of the sea
Where they know my name
And until that far, far kingdom
Calls me home
Oh, my soul, I will wait

For the river we will know
Ever clear and ever full
From the fount that overflows
In the light of the King
And when we drink it we will find
That this joy, ever full, will ever rise
And it’ll rise on, in the kingdom
In the kingdom
And it’ll rise on, in the kingdom
In the kingdom

Track Name: Beautiful Eulogy - Acquired in Heaven
Words by Bryan Winchester and Thomas Terry. Music by Beautiful Eulogy. Copyright 2014 Humble Beast Records and 2014 Be Humble Publishing (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

On that day we will sing of the Name more excellent than angels
A purified bride
A refined heart, speech and mind
Where unity and fellowship is perfected in the church
Where divine love
Rests in the hearts of the inhabitants of the new earth
And receive a crown only to cast it down
At the feet of the resurrected Jesus
In a perfect ceaseless form of worship. Singing
To the liberating King who came not to conquer kingdoms
But conquer hearts and restore
Men back to what they were intended for
And escape from this life marked by anguish
A great fountain of love that flows from heaven's gates awaits us
You can take this world
It's joys, and it's fleeting pleasures
But give us Jesus, our future hope and our greatest treasure
The fulfillment of our expectation
With nothing to separate us
Nothing to hinder the saints
From the greatest expression of adoration
Finally fit with language to describe
With the right words to express
The richness of eternal possession
The blessing of inheritance
Where God will be seen through purified eyes
Purged from the sin that blinded us from viewing God as glorified
Where love will be expressed with the perfect affection
Until then, we wait with expectation for all that we will acquire
In heaven

You did everything required to save us and bring us
Into Your presence so to know You and behold You
Is our hearts desire
There is nothing higher
Nothing greater to acquire
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the song of the choir
Your people sing Your praises
Gathered from all the nations
We were chosen to be holy and
Blameless before the earth's foundation
And it's only on the basis of Your glorious grace
And we will never grow tired of gazing upon Your face
And falling before Your feet
Worshipping at Your throne
Your appearance is like carnelian and precious gemstones
Like nothing we've ever seen
Your glory never fades
The lamb of God who was slain to wash away sins stain
We were ransomed by Your blood
Your loss was our gain
And You live forevermore
Forever You will reign
The King of all Kings
Name above every Name
And everyone who trusts in
You will not be put to shame

O Jesus, King most wonderful
Thou Conqueror renowned
Thou Sweetness most ineffable
In whom all joys are found!

Track Name: Indelible Grace - Jesus I My Cross Have Taken (feat. Andrew Osenga)
Words by Henry Lyte. Music by Bill More. Copyright 2001 Bill Moore Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.

Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
O while Thou dost smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me,
Show Thy face and all is bright.

Man may trouble and distress me,
Twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me;
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, tis not in grief to harm me
While Thy love is left to me;
Oh, t’were not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
Come disaster, scorn and pain
In Thy service, pain is pleasure,
With Thy favor, loss is gain
I have called Thee Abba Father,
I have stayed my heart on Thee
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.

Soul, then know thy full salvation
Rise o’er sin and fear and care
Joy to find in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee,
Think what Fathers smiles are thine,
Think that Jesus died to win thee,
Child of heaven, canst thou repine.

Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
Heavens eternal days before thee,
Gods own hand shall guide us there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.