This song was written by David Moffitt and Regie Glenn Hamm, and was recorded by Clay Crosse… included on his album, My Place Is With You.
David Moffitt is a worship leader and Dove Award-winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as Natalie Grant, Travis Cottrell, Audio Adrenaline, The Booth Brothers, and many others. He is also the writer/creator of nineteen worship musicals for Brentwood Benson.
Regie Hamm (born May 1, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. He has multiple credits as a songwriter, producer, musician (keys, drums, vocals), and artist.
Clay Crosse (born Walter Clayton Crossnoe, February 11, 1967) is a contemporary Christian music artist. He has won 4 GMA Dove Awards, and is probably best known for this song, “I Surrender All.”
Clay grew up in Memphis, TN., becoming a Christian at age 13. He married his high school sweetheart, Renee Kennedy. While working as a FedEx courier, Clay released his first album, My Place Is With You, in 1994. “I Surrender All” was the most successful single from the album. With the success of his music career, Clay was able to leave FedEx and concentrate on music full time in 1994.
He won the Dove Award for “New Artist of the Year” at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1994. Clay’s music has a pop style.
Following his initial success, Clay experienced difficulties with his singing voice. Clay hired a vocal coach, Chris Beatty. At his first appointment, Beatty questioned Crosse about his spiritual life. After praying with the coach that day, Crosse confessed to his his wife that he had been struggling with his thought life and that pornography had played a role. Later, Clay stated he was thankful that God protected and strengthened he and Renee’s marriage during this time.
Clay states, “During this life-changing time for me there was a clear change in my career. What was once a focus on ‘Christian entertainment’ was now a genuine calling to the ministry. With this change, Clay began began serving in local ministry… eventually, in 2013, taking his first full-time pastoral position as worship pastor at First Baptist Church, Bentonville Arkansas.
This song describes salvation as total surrender to Christ… and that surrender is to continue throughout a believer’s life.
Bible Reference… Genesis 22; Matthew 16:24,25; Mark 8:35; 10:28; Romans 6:13; 12:1; Galatians 2:20
I have wrestled in the darkness of this lonely pilgrim land;
raising strong and mighty fortresses that I alone command.
But these castles I’ve constructed by the strength of my own hand
are just temporary kingdoms on foundations made of sand.
In the middle of the battle, I believe I’ve finally found
I’ll never know the thrill of victory ’til I’m willing to lay down
all my weapons of defense and earthly strategies of war…
so I’m laying down my arms and running helplessly to Yours.
I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams,
though the price to follow costs me everything.
I surrender all my human soul desires; if sacrifice requires
that all my kingdoms fall… I surrender all.
If the source of my ambition is the treasure I obtain;
if I measure my successes on a scale of earthly gain;
if the focus of my vision is the status I attain,
my accomplishments are worthless and my efforts are in vain.
So, I lay aside these trophies to pursue a higher crown.
And should You choose somehow to use the life I willingly lay down,
I surrender all the triumph for it’s only by Your grace
I relinquish all the glory… I surrender all the praise. (CHORUS)
Everything I am – all I’ve done, and all I’ve known –
now belongs to You; the life I live is not my own.
Just as Abraham laid Isaac on the sacrificial fire,
if all I have is all that You desire. (CHORUS)