Awesome God by Rich Mullinn
"Awesome God" is an American worship song which became popular in the United States during the late 1980s, composed by Rich Mullins. Its title is inspired by a biblical expression (Nehemiah 1:5, Nehemiah 9:32, Psalm 47, Daniel 9:4, etc.), variously translated as "Awesome God", (JPS, in the old-fashioned meaning "awe-inspiring"), "great" (KJV), among other alternatives. Many Christian bands have performed "cover" versions in various styles, from ska to swing to straight rock and traditional worship style.The song has become a fairly big hit. Today many churches use it as a hymn, often using only the more catchy chorus, alone or in medleys. German rapper "Prinz Pi" used samples of "Awesome God" in his song "Die Bomben schlafen". The song is covering the topic of a possible nuclear war with accompanying (ironic) use of the samples "Our God is an awesome God" and "He reigns from Heaven above". R&B Pop artist Jordin Sparks used melodies from "Awesome God" in her number one hit, Battlefield. Show video tutorial!
About the Artist
Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He had two sisters and two brothers. Mullins was best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Step by Step", both of which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums were also considered among Christian music's best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Carolyn Arends, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Chris Rice, Rebecca St. James, and Third Day. Rich Mullins is also remembered for his devotion to the Christian faith. He was heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226). In 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West.