September 29, 2009

Hillsong Live – Desert Song with Lyrics, Jill McCloghry Interview

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , at 8:04 pm by Sarah Bosse

Hillsong Live – Desert Song (To watch music video with subtitles, click here.) Transcript of the interview, above, has been written at the bottom of this post.

Like Job, we must sing and praise through the pain. That’s REAL WORSHIP – it connects with REAL LIFE and raises up a trusting hand to the One who reaches down to save us from drowning. It acknowledges God in the midst of life and declares, “There is a GREATER REALITY and I live in and for that REALITY!” No one but the Christian has such a claim and right to hope in eternal life with the Saving God.

Verse 1:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

Verse 2:
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3:
And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it’s way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4:
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be empited again
The seed I’ve recieved I will sow

Jill McCloghry:
“About a week and a half before the recording, I went into labor… I was about six months pregnant with our first little boy, Max… had him at the hospital and he was only 23 plus five, which is 23 weeks and five days old. So he was really little. But we had him and he was alive, and um, he was in the neonatal ICU, you know, where they were kind of taking care of him. And we basically spent a full day with him and we believed and we prayed that he would be okay, but we trusted that God was in control. And that night he, um, he died of, you know, just being too little basically. I was going to sing an album before… before any of this happened. I didn’t even think about the album until, you know, three or four days afterwards. But, um, I just remember thinking when my name was on the, you know, roster saying he was doing well, just thinking… feeling like I have to do it. And I actually remember sitting in a hospital right after everything happened and knowing that I needed to sing, that I needed to still do what I know I’m supposed to be doing and that I felt like that was just a victory for us. Right now, anyways, it’s just choosing to worship all the time; that’s what it is for me cause I don’t…I don’t always feel like it and I don’t feel like…. Sometimes I don’t feel like singing to God, but [sigh] I know that my circumstance in the season doesn’t change and that God is still God. It doesn’t change what God’s called me to be or what He’s called me to do. He’s still on the throne in heaven, you know, and He still rules, and He still bigger than everything that I’m facing.

I was, I was singing, and I believed everything I was singing. And I still don’t know why but part of me just was still so like, broken that I didn’t…. It wasn’t like this huge rush of, you know, how it always felt when I worshiped, like the presence of God just, you know, just flattened me. It wasn’t like that. And I remember singing and not feeling that, like how it always felt before… and just going “I know that you’re here, God” but I just… maybe it’s because my brokenness right now. The cut was so deep and it was so fresh that I didn’t feel like I felt it before but I knew I just need to keep singing and that it was going to be okay. And I just kept singing and then when we got to album night, it was the first night that I think I felt the presence of God like… like I knew him, like I’d known him before.

Second Singer (name unknown):
“For Jill and I to sing together on the night was such a privilege for me, and … aside from her being an amazing worship leader and being anointed and carrying the authority that she does… Just as her friend and sister in Christ, I was so proud of her and aware of the weight of her singing that. And um and just kind of just feeling so…I mean it was, it was a real emotional moment and just also being aware that her standing there in glorifying God in the midst of her loss and her tragedy, and that the devil lost kind of what he was trying to achieve.”

Jill McCloghry:
“Even when you say things that you know are true, but you might not necessarily fully understand it, I think that just being able to look at God and say things that are true of Him, and like declare the word of God, and declare the promises of God which is that, you know, “when in the fire, and when I’m being refined, and when I’m in battle, and when the triumph isn’t here yet but it’s coming…” I think that you look at God and say, “I know this is who You are…” and He does get, He does get bigger in your life. It takes over the things in you that feel so, you know, shattered. And it makes Him the focus, and it begins to put those things back together.”



  1. what a great site and informative posts, I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

  2. Zeeshan said,

    Hey Jill,
    This song makes me cry.. and I am proud of you for taking a stand
    in midist of all that..

  3. Paul said,

    Second Singer (name unknown):
    Brooke Fraser

    Thanks for posting!

  4. Tony T. said,


    This testimony is powerful! I’m sure you have, and will continue, to help many women with your experience. Also remember:

    “God and the decisions he renders is correct; God doesn’t punish anyone out of the blue; God knows what he is doing.” (Mitch Albom)

    God Bless you!

    Your Brother in Christ,
    Tony T.

  5. Gabriel said,

    Always know Jill that God is to faithful to never fail and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
    This song really makes God proud of us and able to boast about us in heaven.

  6. jay said,

    The name of the second singer is Brooke Fraser. Nice post. God bless you.

  7. Santhosh said,

    I cant stop tears from my eyes whenever I listen this song and the testimony of Jill. God Bless you all for the song.

    Who is the author of these lyrics ?

  8. Becky Hunter said,

    Wow… my husband and I lost our first and only son to stillbirth, so we can totally relate to Jill’s story. I sort of stopped singing and playing my guitar for a while, though – wish I hadn’t. All the same, we tried not to let our sorrow overshadow God’s grace in our lives. When people asked us why we were smiling despite our loss, we said, “Because we know that our little one is in God’s hands… our lives are in His hands. We rejoice because we should!”

  9. purple said,

    actually Brooke Fraser is the author of this song,she wrote the lyrics but they performed it together(Jill and Brooke).

  10. Rosch said,

    That’s the power of God moving among us. We too lost our son 2 mos ago, he was born premature,8 mos & 1 wk..i stil heard him cry but to find out he has premature lungs that cause his death…at first, i can’t really sing praises to GOd,but now, I feel His comfort and back on my faith again..i love Jill’s story..& it inspire those people, like me, who experience the same..THank God..

  11. Joel Heaven said,

    Jill your testimony has a greater impact on me, for God is So powerful, he tries to make us powerful in his ever lasting love, He has given and He has taken, But through you He is HAPPY… God loves you so much Dear…

  12. that’s so great song…God bless you so much..

  13. ms.jill i really like your song . just like the desert song and we the redeemed and also this is our god that songs really make me cry and touch my heart not to do bad things and to continue on worshiping god. and your so blessed coz god given you such a beautiful voice..just like katy perry… god bless u…i am no.1 fun of hillsong united and you!!!!!!!!!!

  14. leo said,

    Hello Jill,

    I really amazed with your testimony, God is good all the time…I’ll really blessed the story of this wonderful song, This is very memorable to me when my wife suffered on internal hemorrhage the doctor says’ the speech of my wife is very affected cause of internal bleeding my wife did not remember me and her family. Nevertheless, I give it all to God, I was spent prayer to her together with my pastor and church members, Glory to God a several weeks ago I heard my wife sing Desert song. this is a wonderful testimony for my wife. God is our great healer, God bless us.

  15. Sarah Bosse said,

    I am the writer of this blog, but I’m not Jill and I have no means of contacting Jill. I will post your comment here in the hopes that by God’s providence it might make it her way. God bless!

  16. leo said,

    thank you Ms. Sarah to recognized my testimony. God bless you

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