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Living Hope


by Easter

 

Song Facts:

  • Album: Living Hope
  • Genre: Contemporary Christian Music
  • Lyricists: Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson
  • Composers: Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson
  • This song has become an anthem within the Christian faith, celebrated for its powerful message of hope and redemption.

Annotations and Meaning:

There is no doubt that "Living Hope" by Phil Wickham perfectly describes what Christian faith is: the transforming power that came with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The very touching, deep words of the song bring out the gulf between the Lord and man and celebrate the bridge that Jesus has laid down through His sacrifice.

Literal and Thematic Interpretations:

The second verse begins with a view of despair and problems that cannot be overcome, symbolized as a "chasm" and a "mountain" one will never cross. This rather communicates the spiritual separation brought between man and God, not because of sin. The verse, however, very soon turns into hope as the speaker brings up his eyes towards heaven, invoking the name of Jesus into the darkness. The reaction to the action of faith is immediate and transforming, for the lovingkindness of God darts into the darkness as a signal of the completion of His redemptive work through Jesus Christ, whom "my living hope" refers to. The latter term grasps the sense of the song when Jesus is the living embodiment of hope and salvation for all who believe. The second verse further elaborates on the immensity of Jesus' sacrifice and continues with a question of who could think and conceive how much of that mercy and grace actually covers. Think that God Himself should come down to bear the load of human sin and shame—it is a very powerful meaning for the depth of divine love and sacrifice. The chorus exalts in a triumph, victorious proclamation of man now free from sin and death through the works of Jesus: his death and resurrection. The repeated "hallelujahs" in this line are more of a declaration of praise that celebrates the triumph of death and the breaking of chains that bind man. Verse 3 and the subsequent choruses show more about Jesus' victory over death with an analogy of a "Roaring Lion" and His resurrection power. This shows Jesus in imagery and metaphor "Living Hope" is much more than his personal statement of faith; it is a communal victory chant, a call to assurance and deliverance. It invites listeners into a story of divine salvation and redemption—the message of eternal hope above the sorrows and struggles of this life. Thus, it became a very popular song within the vast majority of the Christian community, affirming that the message is indeed very strong and can encourage hope and faith in the hearts of the believers.

Living Hope Song Text

Living Hope by Easter


by Phil Wickham

[Verse 1]
How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night

Then through the darkness, Your lovingkindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope

[Verse 2]
Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame

The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of Kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I'm Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope

[Chorus]
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There's salvation in Your name

Jesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There's salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope

[Verse 3]
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me

Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus, Yours is the victory, woah-oh-oh

[Chorus]
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There's salvation in Your name

Jesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain

There's salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope [Repeat 2 times]
Oh God, You are my living hope



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