This song was written by Tom Howard, Marc Martel and Jason Germain; it was recorded by their group, Downhere… included on their self-titled, debut album.
Downhere (stylized as downhere) is a Christian rock band from Canada. They have released 6 studio albums to date and have won several Juno and Covenant Awards.
The band was formed by Marc Martel and Jason Germain, who were roommates at Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1999, Martel and Germain added fellow Canadians Jeremy Thiessen and Tyson Manning, along with American Corey Doak, and released an album independently on Slyngshot Records. Tyson and Doak left the band, and, later on, Downhere signed with Word Records. In 2001, they moved to Nashville, TN. The band soon added bassist Glenn Lavender, whom they had met two years earlier. Downhere’s independent album was reissued with the inclusion of bassist Lavender, and released in 2001 as their international debut, downhere.
I don’t remember the first time I heard downhere, but, since then, I’ve appreciated the depth of their lyrics and their sound. In fact, I’ve led a Bible Study I put together, based on the lyrics of several of their songs.
This song describes God as our protection.
Bible Reference… Exodus 14:13,14; Deuteronomy 20:4; 2Samuel 22:3,4; Psalm 17:7,8; 34:17-19; 138:7; Proverbs 18:10; Nahum 1:7; Zephaniah 3:17; Hebrews 13:6
I’m looking for a friend to hold the door.
It’s cold outside when you don’t know where to find
a sheltered place… secluded from the race… of this old life.
When I walked out in the downpour with no raincoat,
I was soaked down to the bone from head to toe.
Without my raincoat, anywhere I may go I get wet somehow.
I found that Friend. He’s with me ‘til the end.
He’s promised me that He won’t forsake His own.
And, when a promise never ends, it can only mean one thing… it’s from above.
And when I walked out in the downpour with my raincoat,
when it’s all been said and done He’s still the One.
With my raincoat, anywhere I may go I know I’m alright.