Trinity — Story Behind the Song “Are You”

Sometimes you start a jam with a few lyric lines or a musical lick, but this time it was just a guitar-rif and the Peruvian drum called ‘bombo’, pounding like a heartbeat. We wanted to write a song about God that would wrestle with Him like so many folks have done before us. A song with new words, new imagery. Mankind has been searching for God and meaning in life for many centuries, often using words and music. And that’s great because we need new words all the time to describe a God who’s on the move. At the same time He can never be locked up in our concepts or our phrases. And sometimes our phrases become dusty. It’s paradox to the max: God the undefinable wants to be known, even becomes flesh in Jesus, and yet remains a mystery to us. That’s why during the musical break in the song we burst into this multilingual kakophonia of emotions. Because in the end God is something, or someone, who can only be known by loving Him. Or Her, for my part.

We’re often so preoccupied with ‘our opinion and stance’ on something that we forget that Biblical ‘knowing’ is by loving. So next time you find yourself wondering what to think of something: Love it first, like Jesus did. Because only love can handle the truth. And ‘for God so loved the world that He gave His Son’.. So there is an abundance of Love to be found in Him. Enough for all of us.

It’s mind blowing when you find out that our modern day Christian view and image of God is often way too small. As if you discover that you’ve been locking a lion in a bird-cage.

Letting go of our old worn down imagery and beliefs has opened us up to a whole new vision of who God is and who we are. For us seeing Jesus as the cosmic Christ coming forth from a Christ soaked world did that big time. All of a sudden God, in Christ, becomes the very breath we breathe and becomes visible and almost tangible in our suffering and joys. In our dreams and in our tears. And in the child refugee knocking on our borders.

I can’t understand it or figure it out
Lost in your mystery is where I am found

I have wrestled with God and still do so. But I cling unto Him and won’t let go until he blesses me. Just like Jacob did before me at the river Jabbok. Because, just like Jacob, I wouldn’t be able to live without Him.

Watch the new video for “Are You” here:

SONG LYRICS

Are you?
That homesick feeling in my soul?
The fire
Desire
That won’t leave me alone
The sum of all creation’s secrets
Hidden in it all?
Are you

Are you
The answer that I seek
The tears
The fears
Rolling down my cheeks
The laughter that leaves me
With not a word to speak
Are you
You are

You’re the maker, creator, beginning and end
You’re father and mother, beloved and friend
I can’t understand it or figure it out
Lost in your mystery is where I am found

Are you
That child refugee
The love
Revelation
That shows up in dreams
The master and the servant
Who brings me to my knees
Are you

You’re the maker, creator, beginning and end
You’re father and mother, beloved and friend
I can’t understand it or figure it out
Lost in your mystery is where I am found

I’ll never give up chasing glimpses of you
Trying to find you in words
Open a window so I can see through
Let me see heaven on earth

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About The Author

Ross Cluver
Associate Publisher - Managing Editor

Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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