There are a lot of worship songs that have released over the past few years. When I’m thinking about the ones that people most everywhere seem to connect with, I have to include The Stand from Hillsong United.
On one hand, it is formulaic in the Hillsong United genre…start low, build it a bit, finish with a big anthem, and the crowd sings you out.
On the other hand, this song…beyond arrangement…is incredibly effective at engaging a crowd of singing worshipers and drawing them into a moment of declaring our heart allegiance to God.
I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
I’ll stand my soul Lord to You surrrendered
All I am is Yours
As a worship leader, I love the moments when we see a shift from the band leading to the room leading. That’s happened many times when I’ve had this song in a worship set. It’s moving when the band is following the lead of the people worshiping. As far as I’m concerned, I’d be thrilled to see this happen more often in our worship experiences. I really feel like it’s a privileged to be a there when it does.