09 May Journey City MSC Single “On My Side” Released
WRITTEN BY: Mark McDonald
It feels like it was just yesterday when our writing team was presented with a new song idea in its rawest form; we immediately fell in love with it. “On My Side”, which was just released this past Friday, May 6, 2022 by Journey City MSC, talks about how life throws so many things at us, but we are hopeful and confident that everything will be okay because we know that God is on our side.
The lyrics to this song bring Psalms 139:7-10 to mind, which state, “ I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” This scripture written by King David of the Old Testament has a special meaning to me because a couple years ago I found myself sick and in the hospital. I will never forget when the doctors told me what was going on, but they didn’t know why. I was so disappointed in that moment because there was still so much to accomplish. Laying in my hospital bed, as tears began to stream down my face, I wondered if this was going to be the end. My daughter was ten months old at the time, and I wasn’t even sure if I would be there to see her grow up. It was during that moment I relied on my faith and I just simply told God, “Thank you.” I told him how great of a Father he had been to me and how faithful he is. The peace that covered me like a blanket at that moment is something I will never forget. Even when it seemed like I was knocking on death’s door, God was there.
Choosing to praise God in the midst of a battle is such a powerful weapon. Not only does it remind the enemy of our soul who we trust in, but it sets our focus on Jesus who is with us. No matter where you find yourself, he is there (Psalms 139:7-10). Are things in life going well right now? He is there! Do you have some tough decisions right now? Remember, you’re not alone.
What difficulties are you currently faced with? Like the lyrics in “On My Side” state, “I will praise you when the ocean’s in my way/ when the walls begin to shake/you are faithful”. This is why we chose to praise God despite where we may find ourselves: God has proven himself to be faithful to each of us time and time again.
“The darkness is fleeing/ it’s running, retreating/for it knows that God is on my side”. We are to remember that even when things look dark, God is there to bring the light. And with that light comes “joy in the morning/ there’s dancing, rejoicing/for I know that God is on my side”. Wherever you find yourself today, stop and let God know how awesome he is and how grateful you are. As the first verse states, “There’s a melody that my heart sings/an offering of praise that my life brings only for you!” Declare that God is on your side!
Journey Worship Area Coordinator
Mark McDonald has been attending The Journey for four years. The heart that the church has for its people and the community is what has made the biggest impact on him and his family. Mark started serving on the Production Team and now serves as an Area Coordinator with Journey Worship and Journey City MSC. He is the husband of Janiece and father to August.
To listen to Journey City Music’s new single release “On My Side” just click here!