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Story Behind the Song: Laura Story's "Mighty to Save"

  • Laura Story CCMmagazine.com
  • 2009 4 Apr
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Story Behind the Song:  Laura Story's "Mighty to Save"

My first time hearing “Mighty to Save” (by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding) was while planning a worship service at my church, and one of our pastors tossed me the latest Hillsong United CD.

Though I enjoyed learning it and sharing it with our team, it wasn’t until we were leading this song one Sunday morning that the truth of this powerful anthem began to grip my heart.  Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God is “mighty to save,” but what does that mean? Is this Old Testament prophet speaking about the power of the gospel to bring hopeless, lifeless souls into a transforming encounter with Christ? Or is He referring to the sheer momentum by which God is building His church, a power so great that the gates of hell cannot prevail? Or maybe Zephaniah was speaking of God’s heart for redeeming those from every tongue and tribe and nation?

Each time I sing the song, God brings to mind new implications of this verse. And each time, I get a little lump in my throat as I consider that by His might, God saved me. It's hard to fathom why a God who is able to move mountains would choose to focus His strength on redeeming the very souls who have so deeply offended Him. But this is the gospel.  Though we have done nothing to merit His favor, God, full of mercy and grace, sent His only son, Jesus, to pay the debt we could never pay. He is truly mighty to save.

— Laura Story


"Mighty to Save" is nominated for Song of the Year at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards.  Laura Story's version of the song can be found on her debut, Great God Who Saves (INO). For more info, visit laurastory.com.


Mighty to Save
Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan

Everyone needs compassion
A love that's never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

Shine Your light and let the whole world see
We're singing for the glory of the risen King ... Jesus
Shine Your light and let the whole world see
We're singing for the glory of the risen King ... Jesus

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave


© 2006 Ben Fielding/Reuben Morgan/Hillsong Publishing (adm in the U.S. and Canada by Integrity's Hosanna! Music)/ASCAP


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**This feature first published on April 23, 2009