This song was written by Don Poythress and Brian White, and was recorded by The Martins… included on their album, Above It All.
Don Poythress (pronounced Portress), of Meridian, Mississippi, learned the art of songwriting by listening to country legends such as Johnny Cash and Glenn Campbell, and Christian artists like Dallas Holm and Dottie Rambo. Today Don is one of Nashville’s premier songwriters. His songs have been recorded by country stars and Christian artists.
The Martins’ recording of Don’s song, “The Promise”, received a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.
Don serves as a worship leader at Abundant Life Church in Mt. Juliet, TN.
A veteran of the music industry, Brian White has had much success. As a touring artist signed with a major record deal, he fronted the Christian rock band “Brian White & Justice” for 15 years, recording 5 projects. As a writer, his songs have earned him 14 #1 songs, 2 Dove Awards for Song of The Year (including “The Promise”),
SESAC Country Song of The Year & Billboard’s Most Played Song of The Year… as well as ACM and CMA nominations.
The Martins are a Christian music vocal trio, composed of 3 siblings: Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin, and Judy Martin Hess.
Discovered by Michael English and Mark Lowry with Bill Gaither at the 1987 National Quartet Convention mid-day booth cleanup, the kids – then ages 15, 16 & 17 – were singing accapella in an empty Civic Center after being rejected by a local record company who told them to go back home and forget about trying to make it in “the business.” They signed with Mark Five Records who launched their first album release in 1990, “With Love From Arkansas”. In 1990, a second album release sealed their position in Gospel Music and the contract was sold to Springhill Records that would take them to an all new level of marketing. Originally from Hamburg, AR, the vocalists grew up firmly and proudly planted in the Southern gospel tradition, so it is not surprising that, as they have matured, a broad range of influences have entered their musical mix.
The Martins’ “big break” came in 1992, when Michael English and Mark Lowry insisted that Gloria Gaither listen to the group audition in the women’s restroom prior to a Gaither Homecoming video recording in Indiana. Gloria told Bill he had to let them sing in the video. They have gone on to appear in over two dozen Homecoming videos. The group has also recorded over a dozen albums.
In 2002, Jonathan left the group in order to spend more time with his family. Joyce and Judy enlisted the help of Paul Lancaster, formerly with Mullins & Co., and The Nelons; together, they recorded Above It All.
This song remembers the promise Jesus made of His ever-abiding presence… citing several ways His presence is felt.
Bible Reference… Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:18-20
I never said that I would give you silver or gold,
or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold,,
but I did say you’d never walk through this world alone…
and I did say, don’t make this world your home.
I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night,
or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight,
but I did say I’d be right there by your side…
and I did say I’ll always help you fight.
‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep;
My grace will be sufficient in every time of need.
My love will be the anchor that you can hold on to.
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you.
I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you,
or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool,
but I did say, like Me, you’ll surely be despised…
and I did say My ways confound the wise.
I didn’t say you’d never taste the bitter kiss of death,
or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest,
but I did say I’d be waiting right on the other side,
and I did say I’ll dry every tear you cry.
‘Cause you know I made a promise that I’ve prepared a place,
and some day, sooner than you think, you’ll see Me face to face.
And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude;
this is the promise… this is the promise I’ve made to you.
So, just keep on walkin’; don’t turn to the left or right,
and, in the midst of darkness, let this be your light;
that Hell can’t separate us… and you’re gonna make it through.
This is the promise… this is the promise I made to you.
Oh, this is the promise… this is the promise I made to you.