The Story Behind…”The First Place”

One of my favorite songs that we sing is “The First Place.” I first heard it when I was at the Desiring God national conference a couple of years ago. Hearing thousands of Jesus’ followers loudly shout/sing “Every inch of this universe, belongs to you, O Christ!” drove home that incredible truth. So much so that I wanted all of WBC be amazed by Jesus too! I think this song helps us do that.

Well this song was written by Matthew Westerholm when his pastor challenged him to write a song for his sermon series on Colossians. Matthew shares the story behind the song here.

You can also listen to it on Youtube, here.

On a side note, here’s a challenge for you…the church. PRAY for the musicians, artists, songwriters of WBC. Pray that we would write God-glorifying, Christ-centered, church-encouraging songs. Pray that our musicians’ ministries continue to spread their impact beyond WBC. Pray for Doug Elder and The Wrecking as they are on the road for a month and the national release of their album this summer. Pray Victoria James as she takes her music to New England and beyond. Pray for Brent Roberts as he continues to write songs that celebrate God, his Rescuer. Pray for the many musicians of the music team who serve Christ and WBC so faithfully every week.

Oh yeah…here are the words to “The First Place.” May they remind you that there’s not a speck of your life that Jesus doesn’t say “That’s mine!”

The First Place

Jesus, the perfect picture of the unseen God
Maker of things we cannot comprehend.
Wisdom, the earth displays Your strength and beauty.
Sovereign, yes, every throne knows You are God.

Every inch of this universe belongs to You, O Christ.
For through You and for You it was made.
Your creation endures by the order of Your hand.
So You must have in all things the first place.

Victor, over sin and death You triumphed.
Firstborn, Youve shown us life beyond the grave.
Bridegroom, we long for You in expectation.
Jesus, Your church rejoices to proclaim.

© 1999 Matthew Westerholm


4 responses to this post.

  1. very kind words. thank you. I prayed for your songwriters myself this afternoon.


  2. Thanks for dropping by our church’s blog, Matthew. But thanks even more for writing a song that points us to the excellency of Jesus Christ! What a reminder that every inch of the universe belongs to Christ! What a reminder that every fiber of our being, every thought in our heads, and feeling in our hearts should be in submission to King Jesus.


  3. Posted by jeff t. on March 12, 2009 at 8:33 am

    i just love your song and i think that all the world shouldby it. but they dont they just get on with sex, drinking, smoking and swearing


  4. […] “The Story Behind the Song: “The First Place” by Matthew Westerholm. […]


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