Behind the Song: Though You Slay Me

I come, God I come,
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken, the one who’s torn me apart
You struck down to bind me up
You say you do it all in love
That I might know you in your suffering

Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need 

My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes, I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Though tonight I’m crying out, “Let this cup pass from me.”
You’re still more than I need, you’re enough
Whether healing in my frame, or if not, it’s just the same
As long as I bring glory to your name

If the thought of singing this song honestly terrifies you, you’re in good company. This is a song I can only sing by the grace of God. Oh, but how grateful I am that He has let me sing it. It has been in the slaying of my heart, of my dreams, of my comfort, of my plan for my life that He has shown Himself to be enough. He has made a mockery of the enemy’s desire to steal, kill and destroy. Just as the accuser sought to discourage and ruin Job, to incite him to curse God, he comes after you and me. And, just as God sustained Job and did not forsake him, if we are in Christ, He sustains us and never forsakes us. The slaying becomes the saying. The wounds become the worship. “Though you slay me, yet I will praise you…sing a song to the one who’s all I need.”

As if that wasn’t enough, the Father sends the Son to be slain for us. Our Savior knows the sting, knows the agony. There will be a day when we get to see it for ourselves. We will see we didn’t suffer alone. We will see we didn’t suffer in vain. And the tears that just can’t seem to stop for now will be dried forever by His tender, nail-scarred hand. It is then that we will know exactly how “it was worth it all.”



7 Responses to Behind the Song: Though You Slay Me

  1. Lauren B January 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Thank you for allowing the Lord to speak so mightily through you! The season the Lord has me in right now can be described as “sitting in the ashes”. I am joyful in the “discipline” and “chiseling” that is taking place in my life right now and forever grateful and in awe that I am valued by my daddy enough that He would walk with me through this time. Proverbs 25:4 is the verse for this season right now. This song has tugged at my heart since the first time I heard it and many days it is played on repeat on my IPOD or in the car. Thank you again. You will never know just how powerful the Lord spoke to me through ” Though you Slay Me”.
    In Him,

  2. Susan January 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm #


  3. Michelle King January 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    thank you for writing the song and sharing the details behind the song. As I walk though trial, I’m choosing Hope and desire this song to be the testimony of my heart.

  4. Sara McNutt February 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Such powerful words. And you’re right, they’re terrifying to say. We’re in a season of suffering now and to be honest, this is the first real suffering I’ve experienced so personally. I’ve experienced it WITH others but this is the first time that it’s made its way home. I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant with our third child and doctors have given him/her not much chance for life. We will find out more conclusively this week but in the meantime we pray for a miracle and draw closer to Christ in the process, even if sometimes I’m like the exhausted, weakened child fighting against the comforting arms of her parent. This is the answer for this season that God has given me and I rest in that. God doesn’t roll the dice for my life:
    Thank you for such a timely post.

  5. hannah August 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    beautiful. hallelujah.

  6. Denise Gillman August 24, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Thank you so very much for writing this song and sharing the background of it. My son sent it to me the other day; sung by Shane and Shane with John Piper speaking at the end, he shared how much it ministered to his heart. I wanted to look up the lyrics and your name came up, small world as I work with Rich and Heather Caudle in Taiwan 🙂 and love them to bits too! Our world was turned upside down this past year, losing my husband. Your song has been a huge encouragement to all of us, many tears shed these last days as I have been listening and meditating on the words. It’s been a hard season but He truly has been enough 🙂 Thank you for your tender heart!

  7. Debra September 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Tonight I am having the final Memorial service for my husband who died in my arms Aug. 14, 2013. For 2 years and 1 week, i was Mrs. Ray Thompson. Today I find myself a widow at 44. This past year I was learning to walk in obedience and thought God was just molding me into a more Godly wife and mother. But He was preparing me for 8-14-13 the my last swim in the ocean with my husband. I have had pain and I have had sorrow but I have never been slain. I choose to speak truths even though my heart doesnt feel ok. I will be better, not bc I lost my husband bc I have had to clingy to the robe of Christ, as if my whole life depends on Him. And it actually does. Christ is made perfect in my weakness.
    Though you slay me
    Yet I will praise you
    Though you take from me
    I will bless your name
    Though you ruin me
    Still I will worship
    Sing a song to the one who’s all I need.

    God Bless and Thank you
    Mrs. Debra Thompson

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