HOLY GROUND                                                                                written in 1983

The Story

In many ways, Geron Davis (1964 – ) was a typical teenager in the small town of Savannah, Tennessee. But he was a pastor’s kid who liked to write songs. When the time came for the dedication of their new church building, Geron’s dad asked him to write a song for the special occasion. Geron agreed to, but he realized he had 2 months to write it. Every week or two, his father asked him for a progress report… and each time Geron had to admit he hadn’t written it yet.

The night before the dedication, his father asked again, and Geron answered, “No sir, but I’m fixin’ to.”

It was almost midnight. Geron went into the new sanctuary, dimmed the lights, and sat down at the new piano. He asked himself: What do we want to say when we come into this building tomorrow for our first worship service? The words came to him pretty quickly after that – in 15 minutes he had written the song his father had been waiting on… this song.

Early the next morning, he taught it to his younger brother and sister, and the 3 sang it together at the church service.

19-year-old Geron had no idea what was going to happen to that song. The governor of Arkansas at that time, Bill Clinton, heard the song and liked it. After he became president, he had it sung at his mother’s funeral. That’s where Barbara Streisand heard it… and asked if she could sing it on her next CD.

Geron David is still amazed at what happened to his song: “It doesn’t matter how powerful, how big, how popular, how wealthy, how well-known you are. When we come into God’s presence, we’re all on level ground. And it’s holy ground.”

This song was also sung at my wedding to my wife, Tana.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – make it your call to worship.

As I walked through the door, I sensed His presence,
and I knew this was a place where love abounds.
For this is the temple; Jehovah God abides here.
We are standing in His presence on holy ground.

We are standing on holy ground,
and I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now!
We are standing in His presence on holy ground.

In His presence there is joy beyond all measure,
and at His feet peace of mind can still be found.
And if you have a need, I know He has the answer;
reach out and claim it for we are standing on holy ground. (CHORUS)


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