While at church a few Sundays ago, our praise and worship team sang “Bless it be the Name of the Lord.” When our praise team got to the lyrics “He gives and takes away” I had to stop singing. All I could think of was that I was declaring that God gives His blessings and He takes them away. I spoke to our praise team leader afterwards and shared my thoughts as well as why I couldn’t sing the rest of the song.
That conversation made me research the origins of the song. I discovered the song writer, Matt Redman, wrote the song soon after 911. Matt Redman stated that “the spiritual and emotional climate of the times was an important factor in the birthing of this song.” The nation was looking and needing to find an answer to the destruction that 911 caused not only to our land but to our hearts and souls. Many turned to God for those answers and found peace in His presence.