Two big names have teamed up together this week for an exclusive premiere.
After releasing his seventh record And If Our God Is For Us... last November, contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin partnered up with iTunes to release his brand new music video for “I Lift My Hands” – the latest single off the new album.
Having just premiered Tuesday, the official “I Lift My Hands” music video is already topping the iTunes charts, currently ranked fourth out of 100, above Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor” and Justin Bieber’s “That Should Be Me.”
Co-written by Tomlin, Matt Maher and Louie Giglio, the inspiration for the song comes from Psalm 28:2 – “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.”
Though “I Lift My Hands” is a typical title one would expect on a worship album, Tomlin clarified that these lyrics were coming from a different place.
“The song comes from a place of struggle and is a cry to God at times when you can barely hold your hands up,” he stated. “But out of that struggle, the song repeats ‘let faith arise.’”
“I think the song is really saying that it’s one thing to lift our hands in celebration and lift our hands in the triumph and in the victory. [And] it’s another to lift our hands in the struggle and to lift our hands to God in the midst of, ‘Lord, I don’t even know what’s coming. Life is coming at me hard.’”
“To lift your hands to God and say, ‘I just cry to you for help. I cry to you for mercy, God.’”
The influential worship leader pointed out one of the main phrases in the song, “let faith arise,” and described, “Let faith arise in us as we lift our hands to God, as we stretch out our hands to God in hope, as we cry out to Him.”
Following the first hit single “I Will Follow,” “I Lift My Hands” has been on the radio for just a few weeks now and has already been picked up by over 54 stations, climbing the top 20 on the National Christian Audience Chart, AC Indicator and AC Monitored Chart, as reported by CMSpin.
“I’m so thankful that God would allow us to carry such a powerful song to people,” Tomlin shared.
Ten years since the debut of his first album, the world renowned songwriter has plenty more to be thankful for, with two gold albums, three Grammy nominations, and 16 Dove Awards under his belt, and now with his latest album garnering much buzz.
The new songs on And If Our God Is For Us... come from his experience as a worship leader over the years, currently at Passion City Church in Atlanta, led by communicator and pastor Louie Giglio.
Explaining the significance of album’s title, Tomlin said, “The dot dot dot is pretty important to me because it kind of leaves the sentence open-ended. What I want people to see [is] that if that’s true, then everything is possible.”
“Those aren’t my words. It’s Scripture. Scripture tells us that God is for you and nothing can stop you.”
Hoping worship leaders could easily pick up the songs off the new album and play it, he told Copious Notes, “I hope they find the songs are powerful and have something to say.”
“It’s exciting to think we are still putting out music that is hopefully fresh and taking a new step. It’s something a little different and a different sound. But the heart of the music is still the same. With the lyric and melody, it’s still singable and accessible.”
Grateful for what has happened with many of his songs, Tomlin continues to write with his longtime band at Passion City Church.
“I want to be faithful to the gift God’s given me and write, write, write because God’s given us a platform, and that’s where our heart is.”
Tomlin’s “I Lift My Hands” video can be seen exclusively on iTunes now for $1.99, while fans can purchase his And If Our God Is For Us... album during the next two weeks at iTunes for $7.99.
Having recently wrapped up a largely sold-out spring tour, the successful Texas native will soon be on the road for the summer festival circuit. Additionally, this fall, Tomlin and Giglio will return to the And If Our God Is For Us... Tour for an extended season of 18 shows.