Raise my hands, paint my spirit gold

I love everything by Mumford and Sons, but I think this song is my favorite of all, both for the sheer joy of listening to it and for its amazing lyrics.

Mumford and Sons lyrics are always thought-provoking and sometimes delightfully literary. The Cave, for instance, is based on The Odyssey, and Sigh No More is based on a song from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Some lyrics, like “I’ll know my name as it’s called again,” sound like they’re pulled directly from C.S. Lewis.

But I Will Wait is, to me, almost a worship song. What else do lyrics like this mean?

So break my step
And relent
Well you forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way shake the excess

And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you

Now I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
A tethered mind freed from the lies

And I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you

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About Michal Conger

I’m a reporter and digital editor, a cooking and whole foods fanatic, a runner, a music lover, an Anthropologie devotee. I'm an avid reader of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and anti-modernist novels. Lately you’ll find me freelancing about education policy and local economic issues to support my horseback riding habit. I am married to my best friend. And above all, I am committed to bearing the testimony of the Lord Jesus, giving an answer for the hope that is in me.
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