Graham Kendrick tells the story behind the song about the biblical character Caleb.
Caleb was somebody who never gave up on the promise of God even though his whole generation fell into unbelief and fear. Three times it says of Caleb that he was of a different spirit, that he was wholehearted. He gets that endorsement from God.
This song obviously came from the story in the scriptures of Caleb. Three times it says of Caleb that he was of a different spirit, that he was wholehearted. And actually he gets that endorsement from God.
As you get a bit older in the faith you see how important it is to keep going and Caleb was somebody who never gave up on the promise of God, even though, in his case, his whole generation fell into unbelief and fear, so he had to go for another 40 - 45 years.
It's obvious from the story that when it finally came to the time he's just as on fire as he ever was, just as wholehearted and that's when he says 'give me this mountain'.
It was the hill country, it was Hebron, and that was the place that actually terrified his generation the most because that's where the great warriors and the giants and the high walls of fortified cities were.
'I'm 85 years old now' he says, that's amazing. 'I can fight just as well as I ever did'. 'Give me the mountain, give me the place of the giants'.
I think it's great song for anybody of any age who wants to grab a hold of that wholehearted determination to never give up, and of course mountains can represent anything that we are struggling with - any giants, any obstacles in our way.
That determination of faith that says 'I'm not quitting til it's done'.