QUESTION: I absolutely love the “Desert Song” by Hillsong United. Does anybody know the story behind it? I was told that the lady who wrote it lost her baby the week before she wrote it. Does anybody have any more details? I want to know because I really think God sent me this song today when I really needed it. My sister is pregnant and the baby isn’t expected to live very long. I heard the song at church this morning for the first time and it made me cry. Then someone told me about the circumstances behind the writing of the song. Please let me know if you know any more. – Love2Sign251
ANSWER: Although many have wrongly attributed the writing to Brooke Fraser, the woman who actually wrote this most beautiful worship song is Jill McCloghry, also a member of Hillsong United.
In the following video interview below she personally describes the painful loss of her baby and her struggle with trusting God in the middle of distress, which led to the writing of the Desert Song.
Click on the video link below to view the entire interview of the making of the Desert Song:
In her own words, Jill recounts:
“About a week and a half before the recording, I went into labor… I was about six months pregnant with our first little boy, Max… had him at the hospital and he was only 23 weeks and five days old. So he was really little. But we had him and he was alive, and he was in the neonatal ICU, you know, where they were kind of taking care of him. And we basically spent a full day with him and we believed and we prayed that he would be okay, but we trusted that God was in control. And that night he died of, you know, just being too little basically. I actually remember sitting in a hospital right after everything happened and knowing that I needed to sing, that I needed to still do what I know I’m supposed to be doing and that I felt like that was just a victory for us. Right now, anyways, it’s just choosing to worship all the time; that’s what it is for me cause I don’t…I don’t always feel like it. Sometimes I don’t feel like singing to God, but [sigh] I know that my circumstance in the season doesn’t change and that God is still God. It doesn’t change what God’s called me to be or what He’s called me to do. He’s still on the throne in heaven, you know, and He still rules, and He still bigger than everything that I’m facing.
Co-singer Brooke Fraser also commented:
“For Jill and I to sing together on the night was such a privilege for me. Aside from her being an amazing worship leader and being anointed and carrying the authority that she does… Just as her friend and sister in Christ, I was so proud of her and aware of the weight of her singing that. And just feeling so…I mean it was, it was a real emotional moment and just also being aware that her standing there with her glorifying God in the midst of her loss and her tragedy, and that the devil lost what he was trying to achieve.”
Jill McCloghry added:
“Even when you say things that you know are true, but you might not necessarily fully understand it, I think that just being able to look at God and say things that are true of Him, and declare the word of God, and declare the promises of God which is that, when in the fire, and when I’m being refined, and when I’m in battle, and when the triumph isn’t here yet but it’s coming, I think that you look at God and say, “I know this is who You are…” and He does get bigger in your life. It takes over the things in you that feel so shattered. And it makes Him the focus, and it begins to put those things back together.”
Sarah M. Bosse concluded:
“Like Job, we must sing and praise through the pain. That’s REAL WORSHIP – it connects with REAL LIFE and raises up a trusting hand to the One who reaches down to save us from drowning. It acknowledges God in the midst of life and declares, “There is a GREATER REALITY and I live in and for that REALITY!” No one but the Christian has such a claim and right to hope in eternal life with the Saving God.”
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Desert Song – Click on link below to view full concert video by Hillsong United:
In this concert video Jill McCloghry begins by reading Psalm 66:1-20.
1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
2 Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.”[a]
5 Come and see what God has done,
his awesome deeds for mankind!
6 He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot—
come, let us rejoice in him.
7 He rules forever by his power,
his eyes watch the nations—
let not the rebellious rise up against him.
8 Praise our God, all peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
and an offering of rams;
I will offer bulls and goats.
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!