God of this City backstory

One of my favorite songs is Chris Tomlin’s “God of this City.” I think about the plans God has for us in KC and believe it was written just for us. I believe it applies to us but not too long ago I heard the back story for the song and wanted to share it.

Chris Tomlin and his band were in Belfast for a concert event. It was early in the afternoon and Tomlin’s guitarist was the only one not doing something. So he decided to go out and “support” the local bands there. While he was listening, the band started singing a song that gripped his heart. He ran to get Chris out of the dressing room to come hear this song. By the time Chris got to the stage, the song was over. So Chris and the rest of his band met with this local Belfast worship band afterwards. They gave him MP3s of all of their songs and he listened to that one special song. Tomlin said that he was so moved that he just had to ask them what inspired this song.

Their band and a few other members of their church went on a mission trip to Pattaya, Thailand recently. In Pattaya, there are over 30,000 female prostitutesover the age of 18! (That is not counting the ones under 18, or even the male prostitutes there) While they were walking around the town, they walked into a local bar there called….”The Climax Club”, which was looking for bands to play. They agreed to give it a try and asked the owner how long he wanted them to play. The owner said, “As long as your friends continues to buy cokes.” So they ended up buying cokes for 2-3 hours.

So for over 2 hours this band sang Jesus over these prostitutes who had no idea what they were singing! All of the sudden this song “came down from heaven,” as one of the band members recalls. Then spontaneously they started singing:

You’re the God of this city
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
You are

For there is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done here

Chris Tomlin then asked if he could play their song for the up-coming Passion tour. They agreed and then Chris sent the that song along with some other potential songs to Louie and told him to listen. He said that there is one song that ruined him but wouldn’t tell him which one. Louie listened to the songs and quickly wrote him back asking about “God of this City”.┬áNow you know the rest of the story.