The World Is In Your Hands

ABOUT THE SONG

This song came about in a simple way. A phrase come to me one day on the way home from the office – as I was driving through my neighborhood. This is a common occurrence and I’m usually prepared to get it down so I don’t forget. The phrase was about New Orleans and the storms going on inside the homes on my street. That phrase and the coming of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks were the motivation to write this song.

On September 11, 2001, the world changed.  For many, life changed dramatically.  Ultimately, we were all reminded that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised.  It’s easy to forget those who suffer tragedy in their lives and continue to live with the memory of loss still today.  We’ve seen a lot of tragedy in the past 10 years –  September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the many other world disasters.  We tend to unite around these things – which is an awesome thing to see – it’s a reflection of the image of God in us to have such compassion.

I can’t help but think, though, that a people can be strongly united, linked arm-in-arm, yet fully unaware they are all standing together on sinking sand.  May we find our hope in the One who will one day return to restore all of creation. And may we trust in Him for all things until that day.

**ATTN SONGWRITERS: To go “behind the scenes” on the creation of this song, click here.

LYRICS

The World is in His Hands

by Ben Chilcote

Most of us remember well

The moments when the towers fell

A day where many never made it home

The message was “We will prevail”

Bolstered by the hero’s tales

The leveled ground united everyone

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Waves rolled over New Orleans

And storms are blowing through homes on my street

Kids are wakin’ up and there’s no home

In a single day your world can fall

In a single day you can lose it all

And you never know until tomorrow comes

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Waves crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Oh, say can you see – We need You

We need You, We need You!

You’re the dawn’s only light

We need You, We need You, We need You!

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope seems gone.

With Jesus we have hope to rise again

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You

Stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

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12 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. The song does reflect our condition and we are all touched by the events – yet your song also establishes our hope is in Him and Him alone.

    1. Jonny – how cool! We’re going to do it at our church with our band. That’s part of the reason I worked so hard to get it out ahead of time. Let me know if there’s any way I can help you. -Ben

  2. Ben, thank you for your generosity and more importantly your testimony! God bless you and your family. I miss the longer instrumental part on the download. I really liked all the tempo changes and the national anthem reference.

  3. 1Co 9:10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

  4. Great song, Ben! It conveys not only the loss we felt, but more importantly that all hope is not gone if we turn to GOD! Our only hope is in HIM! Happy Birthday to you & your son! God Bless You for the ministry you are doing with your music! ~Misty

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