Joel Houston describes the song “Wonder” as a change in perspective to the way we view our relationship to God – a child-like wonder.
Joel Houston, lead pastor of Hillsong NYC and leader of the global worship group Hillsong United, describes his song “Wonder” as a childlike view of God’s world. I want to look at the world like a kid again; I think that’s what this song is about. It’s actually what this whole project is about because I have a 3 ½ year old son and the way he looks at the world blows my mind. It reminds me of how I used to think , how I used to dream, and how I used to believe.
The song’s first verse is about salvation; it’s about our spiritual eyes being opened – seeing the world in a different light which should fill us with wonder. The second verse is about baptism. Once we’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism is a conscious decision we make to leave our old life behind – our old ways behind – and to step into this new-creation-life, this second-skin-life that we’re made to become.
When you take away all the baggage and the dust and all the stuff of this earth that’s not going to last, that’s going to rust and to decay, what’s left? Faith, Hope, and Love and they are everything! Those are what our relationships are built on, our entire future is built upon. What God is all about is the greatest of these, love.
The song is a perspective change. A perspective that can look at the darkest moments on earth, the fear and everything that’s going on now, but is able to see through it. To see how God is having His way and always revealing something beautiful through the mess. He doesn’t make the mess, we made the mess but He turns it into something beautiful and wonderful. The song is an invitation to step into a new way of looking at the world – an innocent childlike way of seeing God’s world.