What treasure waits within Your scars
This gift of freedom gold can’t buy
I bought the world and sold my heart
You traded heaven to have me again
My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground

Hillsong United traveled to the Holy Land to record their latest album Of Dirt and Grace, an acoustic version of Empires. “Touch the Sky” is one of my favorite United songs because it’s both lyrically and musically attractive, and it carries the powerful, life changing message of surrendering in order to be filled beyond satisfaction and lifted higher by Christ.

The following description which accompanies this video on YouTube, reveals a very unique moment in the creative process:

“A few days later with most of the Band gone home – we went to Masada and realised that the lowest point on Earth, -424m was in the area around the dead sea. Joel mused that the paradox was too great to let slip – so we took what we had, a guitar, and ipad and 2 mics into a field recorder and filmed the first verse from this – the lowest point on earth. We hope you enjoy the visuals and the dichotomy of them that we hope are in line with the lyrics and their inspiration — Matthew 5. [sic]”

If you love the song as much as I do and want to learn more about the band, check out my review on their documentary Let Hope Rise in theaters now.

music | iTunes, Google Play, Hillsong Store

vocals: Taya Smith | writers: Joel Houston, Dylan Thomas, Michael Guy Chislett | full credits

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xo | Danielle

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