”Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” by Chris Tomlin on the album Burning Lights.
I first heard this song at my church and was greatly moved by the message of faith in the face of challenges. It’s a call to arms for believers to recognize that we are encompassed by Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts (Angel Armies), at all times. We have no reason to fear!
Chris Tomlin explains the back story of the song, which he wrote with his friend, fellow songwriter and producer Ed Cash, in this interview. ”When people hear this song,” he says, “it’s my prayer, it’s my hope that their eyes are opened and that they know that they’re surrounded by a God of angel armies.”
My prayer, too, is that as we embrace various struggles, we recognize the ease with which we can fall into fear. However, our faith is bolstered as we listen to songs like “Whom Shall I Fear.” We emerge reassured of the presence and power of God and His heavenly hosts to battle against whatever comes against us. Those who are with us are more than those who are against us!
I guess you could call Chris Tomlin the unexpected worship leader. Although he exhibited a love of music from a young age and wrote his first praise song at age 14, Tomlin’s plan was to pursue a career in medicine.
While at Texas A & M University, he became involved in a worship and bible study group, led by Louie Giglio, that eventually morphed into what is today known as Passion, a nationwide organization for Christian college students. Giglio also started a record company, Six Steps Records, and Tomlin was among the first acts to be signed to the company.
For six years, Chris was a pastor at Stone Community Church, in Austin, Texas. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2008 to start Passion City Church (PCC) with Louie and Shelley Giglio.
Now one of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)’s premier worship leaders, singers, and songwriters, Tomlin has been nominated five times for a Grammy, winning last year for “And If Our God Is For Us,” and has won 17 of the 32 Dove Award nominations he has received. He is known worldwide for such worship staples as “How Great Is Our God,” “Forever,” “Indescribable,” “Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” and “We Fall Down.”
Chris’s latest album, Burning Lights, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, becoming the fourth CCM album in history to do so.