What if I Stumble by dc Talk

© 1995. Written by Toby McKeehan and Daniel Joseph
Bass, Guitar, and Accordian: John Painter
Percussion: Todd Collins
Guitar: Chris Rodriguez
Drums: Shawn McWilliams
Mandolin: Jerry McPherson
Additional Arrangements: Mark Heimermann
Ragamuffin intro: Brennan Manning



Lyrics

[The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians,
Who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.]

Is this one for the people?
Is this one for the Lord?
Or do I simply serenade for things I must afford?
You can jumble them together, my conflict still remains
Holiness is calling, in the midst of courting fame

Cause I see the trust in their eyes
Though the sky is falling
They need Your love in their lives
Compromise is calling

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble, and what if I fall?

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You never turn in the heat of it all
What if I stumble, what if I fall?

Father please forgive me for I can not compose
The fear that lives within me
Or the rate at which it grows
If struggle has a purpose
On the narrow road you've carved
Why do I dread my trespasses will leave a deadly scar

Do they see the fear in my eyes?
Are they so revealing?
This time I cannot disguise
All the doubt I'm feeling
Everyone's got to crawl when you know that
You're up against a wall, it's about to fall
Everyone's got to crawl when you know that

I hear You whispering my name [You say]
"My love for You will never change" [Never change]

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You never turn in the heat of it all
What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You are my comfort, and my God

Is this one for the people, is this one for the Lord?



Live Versions

What if I Stumble has been a mainstay of the acoustic set ever since it's introduction on the Jesus Freak tour. The song is always sung with conviction, and the guys' singing has never sounded better. The live arrangement sounds great.

The song was a highlight of the Solo Tour, when Toby said the song should have been titled "What WHEN I Stumble".



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