Jon Payne is a worship pastor at the Sovereign Grace church in Gilbert, AZ. On the last morning of the WorshipGod08 conference he did a great job leading us in corporate worship. One of the songs he led was Glorious and Mighty, which I posted on here.
While preparing, Jon sensed that God wanted to minister through prophetic song specifically to parents who had lost a child. This was his introduction and the song he sang that morning:
Over the years I’ve noticed that these songs often come at just the right time. After the conference I learned that there was a young mom in attendance who had lost her first child two years earlier. She could only go to one session and had planned to go Friday night, but couldn’t make it. She stayed up late that night talking with her mother-in-law about some recent struggles she had faced working through the loss of her baby. When she came in Saturday morning, she had no idea that God would address her situation specifically, reminding her of his knowledge, comfort, and sovereignty.
Of course, any spiritual gift is simply the overflow of the ultimate love God lavishly demonstrated at the cross of Calvary. But God meets us in our need and is always eager to show that he is a “very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
If you know someone who has lost a child, feel free to pass this on. More importantly, remind them that we serve a God who is intimately acquainted with our ways (Ps. 139:3), who never slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4), and who causes all things to work together for good for those who love him (Rom. 8:28).
My wife and I lost our first child on September 15 of last year. My wife had a completely normal labor and delivery, but when our daughter was born, she crashed and never took a breath. It rocked us. Without God’s grace, there’s no way to cope. But He has been SO faithful. I was actually holding our friends’ infant daughter when Jon started singing this song. My wife and I held each other and that little girl and wept and praised our Father. It was another step in experiencing His healing, mercy, and boundless love. We are now preparing to welcome our son into the world next month. It seemed like he’d never get here, and now it’s just around the corner. His name will be Jude, which means ‘Praise.’ Praise the Lord!
It is wonderful to see the work of God in this way. It is good to see such a wonderful example of God’s gifts to the church.
It is a marvel that God gives us gifts to bless the church.
Glory be to the Lord God, Almighty!
I pray this video will benefit many others who here it, including my dear friends, Matt and Lizzy.
I am not what you would call a religious man. Nor am I easily swayed from my own opinion.
But that song…That song I cannot describe what that made me feel. All I can say and I know that this is hypocritical of me.
But God bless Jon Payne
And God bless us all.
This song has helpped me alot i lost my first child Sept. 13, 2007 and it has been a very long and hard road for me i am now tryin to get pregnant and with God’s help it wont be long i am a christian and i am happily married and i thank God for it all!!! May GOd Bless You !!! and thanks so MUCH!!!
I came across your song while searching for a song to send a family friend from my church that just lost their daughter due to an eleven year battle with cancer. In the mean time my husband and I have had our own struggles. We just miscarried our first baby 3 weeks ago and feel empty and our dreams feel broken. This song touched my heart and I believe that this was a message from my dear friend in heaven to find you! Thank you and the song is absolutely beautiful I cannot keep a dry eye! God Bless and continue to make a difference by leading your worship. Thanks Again!
Bob, thank you so much for sharing this song. it ministered to me so greatly at the conference 3 years ago. And walking through a miscarriage right now, it is such a comfort to be reminded of these truths again. thank you.
thank you. i lost my son on oct 8 2008 he was 19 year old and my pain is still strong and i listen to your song and it didnt take it completely away but for a couple mins it eased it and i want to thank you for this song
This song is beautiful. I was searching for a song to play at our light the night to honor our babies in heaven. I lost my little girl this February 2013. Is there any way to get this song. I am so touched by it and want others to be as well on this special night . Sept14 2013