A Worship Song for the Hard Times: “As Long As You Are Glorified”

Does your worship service look more like a High School pep rally?

You remember those days, don’t you?   The cheerleaders and the band would work us up into a frenzy, trying to fire us up for the Friday night game.  Much of today’s corporate worship reminds me of those days.  everything is so upbeat and wonderful.  Week after week, upbeat and wonderful, life is one victory after another, aint it all great type of stuff.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I am not advocating that everything be the exact opposite.

However, sometimes we are living on the other side, aren’t we?  Life is hard, you’ve lost a loved one, a job, your kids are making horrible choices, the doctor just gave you the bad news, your worried about the future, your __________________  (fill in the blank).  Sometimes, as we gather with other believers, we are not feeling upbeat, wonderful or victorious.  Those type of songs, don’t always help pull us out of that.

That is why I like this weeks song, “As Long As You Are Glorified”, by Mark Altrogge.  It reminds us that God is control of all things, and that no matter what I am going through in my life,  all that matters is that He is glorified.  The song has reminded me of what matters in the difficult times I have faced lately.

If you are a worship leader, consider using this song in your corporate setting.  Many in the congregation will thank you.  You will find the audio link below the lyrics and the chord chart below that.

Let us know if you like the song, by clicking on the rating tab at the top of this post.


Shall I take from Your hand Your blessings
Yet not welcome any pain
Shall I thank You for days of sunshine
Yet grumble in days of rain
Shall I love You in times of plenty
Then leave You in days of drought
Shall I trust when I reap a harvest
But when winter winds blow, then doubt

Oh let Your will be done in me
In Your love I will abide
Oh I long for nothing else as long
As You are glorified

Are You good only when I prosper
And true only when I’m filled
Are You King only when I’m carefree
And God only when I’m well
You are good when I’m poor and needy
You are true when I’m parched and dry
You still reign in the deepest valley
You’re still God in the darkest night

© 2008 Sovereign Grace
Praise (BMI)


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Posted on August 14, 2011, in Christianity, Contemporary Church Culture, Worship and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Beautiful. Really needed this tonight, thanks.


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