The promises in Revelation 21-22 have been an anchor of hope for me. He promises to personally wipe away every tear, to do away with sin, death, mourning, pain. I really wanted to write a song from this passage, declaring these promises.
I began writing and came up with lyrics and melody for the verse, and some lyrics for the chorus. But I was having trouble with the chorus and bridge. I asked Sean Carter, who had co-written “The Passover Song” from the last album, to join me. Sean helped me make the chorus more soaring and cinematic, we wrote the bridge together, and we tweaked lyrics and melody until the song felt right.
At first, I felt a bit squeamish about the “lakes of fire” line. But, it’s in the passage, and it’s in there for a reason. My friend Gloria Furman reminded me that - although this idea makes us squeamish in the West - for the persecuted church, this promise of ultimate justice brings hope.
As the album theme of home and hunger began to take shape, this song seemed the perfect way to end the album. Finally, God will make His home with us forever! The curse and “hunger” that began in Genesis 3 (“Eve’s Lament”) will be undone! The album begins and ends with a gospel call for the thirsty and hungry and spiritually poor to “come” and feast at His table (see “There is a Mountain”).
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price…. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” - Revelation 22:17, 20