Out of the depths of despair, a song of hope
Sam Chua // July 26, 2017, 10:45 am
In 2015, I heard the amazing testimony of Ivan and Rachel Tan.
Their baby, Johanna, had been diagnosed with a series of congenital heart defects that were diagnosed as life-threatening if left untreated. Treatment would involve multiple surgeries throughout the baby’s lifetime – and even then nothing was guaranteed.
It was a difficult season for the family, but as the church grieved together, I also witnessed a contagious perseverance to overcome the situation through prayer.
Families gathered, various cell groups prayed, and they were covered in prayer at prayer meetings. None of this was planned.
I wrote a song describing what I saw: How brave the family was, and how united the church grew as it came together.
Heart Warrior is a song about receiving comfort in our moment of need. While we may not have physical heart defects like Johanna, the human heart is frail.
Fear consistently seeps into our hearts. We bite our nails over the what-ifs, the uncertain future, and unbearable tragedies.
At such difficult times, we often comfort ourselves with sayings such as “shalom” or “God is with us”. But what exactly would help you to hear in such a low moment?
This song speaks of His hope, His love and His peace. We’ve all have been through times when we are at our lowest, when we are on our knees, alone in our room, crying. This song comes from a place of personal worship.
While we may not have physical heart defects like Johanna, the human heart is frail.
As I wrote the song, I imagined a scene of the Father’s arms around us when we’re all alone. He’s wiping our tears and comforting us.
I wrote Heart Warrior in the hope of comforting an individual, just like in Psalm 23:4-6. I pray that the song lifts the hearts of the people back to the heart of God, comforting and lifting their spirits in a new and fresh manner.
Jesus is here and always for us. No matter what we are going through, He will always be with us. We pray that you will hear the song and be blessed!