Posted by Chris Lawson-Jones on 12 January 2015

The inspiration for this song came from a time of prayer before we began writing songs for New Wine’s Spirit Fall album and set about seeking God’s inspiration for it. One of our friends was praying and ended up looking at Isaiah 60, which paints a picture of God’s people being awoken to His Glory as it shines upon them. Such is the impact of the revelation of God in the scripture that people are attracted from all around to come and see.

We were really inspired by the idea that in worship we remember who God is and as we sing of His greatness, it draws others in to see what we’re singing about. We also believe that when we worship, God does draw near and we see a glimpse of His Glory.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” The opening line of the scripture shaped the opening lines of the song and much of the first verse tracks with the scripture as we proclaim that we were “called out of darkness, into His praise” - a concept drawn from both this passage and 1 Peter 2:9. The chorus is a simple response to the recognition of the Glory of God being tangible, the “Jesus You are here again, we exalt you with our praise!”

The second verse expands the theme of remembering God for who He is and what He’s done for us, an important aspect of worship as we, as worshippers, remind ourselves who is sovereign over our lives and all of creation and that we can sing with confidence “You’re people can trust in You!”

The bridge of the song brings in the song’s title and is a call to the worshippers to praise the Lord “in the light of” His love and Glory as we celebrate being in His presence.

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