This song was written by Don Koch, Dave Clark, and Randy & Denise Phillips; and was recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean… included on their album, Trust.
Since the early ‘90s, Don Koch has produced records for every major Christian record label with total sales in excess of 10 million. He won Dove Awards for Inspirational Record of the Year two years in a row. The songwriter-producer has worked with the top Christian acts. He has won Dove awards for Song of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year. He has also had many #1 songs in the CCM market.
Dave Clark’s impressive songwriting credits include hits that cross musical boundaries from contemporary Christian music to southern gospel. Many of his songs have reached the #1 spot on the Christian music charts. Clark was recently named Director of Creative Development, A&R and Publishing for Lillenas Publishing Company. Dave has been awarded the prestigious ASCAP Living Legend Award and recognized for his outstanding career success as a songwriter.
Phillips, Craig and Dean (rendered as Phillips, Craig & Dean on albums) is a contemporary Christian music trio composed of pastors Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean.
In 1991, Randy Phillips went to several record companies with a solo album he had. StarSong, a Nashville-based company, urged him to form a male vocal group. He then called two friends who also happened to be pastors and had also recently made solo albums.
Since forming in 1991, the group has sold over two million units. They have also received 10 GMA Dove Award nominations, winning 4, including Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 2007, and Inspirational Album of the Year in 2010.
This song is a testimony from a believer, describing his salvation story.
Bible Reference… Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 5:24
As I look back on what I thought was living, I’m amazed at the price I choose to pay.
And to think I ignored what really mattered
‘cause I thought the sacrifice would be too great.
But, when I finally reached the point of giving in, I found the cross was calling even then.
And, even though it took dying to survive, I’ve never felt so much alive.
For I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live; not I, but Christ that lives within me.
His Cross will never ask for more than I can give, for its not my strength but His.
There’s no greater sacrifice; for I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live!
As I hear the Savior call for daily dying, I will bow beneath the weight of Calvary.
Let my hands surrender to His piercing purpose
that holds me to the cross, but sets me free.
I will glory in the power of the cross; the things I thought were gain, I count as loss.
And with His suffering I identify, and by His resurrection power I am alive. (CHORUS)
And I will offer all I have so that His cross is not in vain,
for I found to live is Christ, and to die is truly gain. (CHORUS)