Until The Whole World Hears

Mark Hall about the song “Until The Whole World Hears.” 

The title track on the album comes from a signature line in an e-mail from Roger Glidewell, Mark’s mentor in student ministry. Glidewell always closed his e-mails with the phrase, “Until the whole world hears.” Hall says, “Those simple words are a challenge to be intentional with the way we live our lives.” 

Mark Hall: "God wants to use you, He wants you to grow and He wants you to have a purpose."

Casting Crowns lead singer and songwriter has never strayed from the group’s main purpose: “Present discipleship through music.” 

“Our main purpose, above all else, is to know Him more,” shares Hall.

It’s this unwavering pursuit that has inspired Casting Crowns’ latest release, Until The Whole World Hears, an offering of encouragement, challenge, hope and truth to a world in need of Jesus. 

“As we travel through our journey as Christians, we come to a realization there are lots of people out there who need to hear about Jesus,” Hall says. “Through our maturity, we begin to see the world as God sees the world and work with purpose to show people Jesus, until the whole world hears.”

What does the message of “Until The Whole World Hears” mean to you personally? 

I went to the book of John and read about John the Baptist as he knew his purpose and his calling was to preach the gospel. I reference him in the chorus, “like voices in the wilderness we’re crying out.” This song is for the church, and as John the Baptist says in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Did you base the song on any other Bible verses?

Matthew 24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

What is the takeaway message for listeners about the song?

For believers, in context with our other songs, the messages are that God wants to use you, He wants you to grow and He wants you to have a purpose.  This song reminds me to be more intentional about what I do. I may not be able to get on a plane and fly to China and give out Bibles and preach the gospel, but how can I witness to my co-workers and my friends and my family.

Our calendars get filled up quickly and evangelism isn’t something we take time to put in our schedules. This song is a great challenge for people to stop and think about how they are living for God. We all need to be more intentional in our walk with God and we are commanded by Jesus to preach the gospel of the kingdom. 

Live your life with a purpose and know that we are all here for a reason. I truly believe that Jesus is coming soon and we need to think of sharing the gospel as more than singing along with a song on the radio. Take some time to pray about who God is calling you to speak with about Him. He is risen!

Until The Whole World Hears lyrics


Lord, I want to feel your heart

And see the world through your eyes

I want to be your hands and feet

I want to live a life that leads

 

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves

Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves

May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

 

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out

Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound

Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out

And as the day draws near

We'll sing until the whole world hears

 

Lord, let your sleeping giant rise

Catch the demons by surprise

Holy nation sanctified

Let this be our battle cry

 

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves

Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves

May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

 

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out

 

Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound

Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out

And as the day draws near

We'll sing until the whole world hears

 

We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears

 

I want to be your hands and feet

I want live a life that leads

To see you set the captive free

Until the whole world hears

 

And I pray that they will see

More of you and less of me

Lord, I want my life to be

The song You sing

 

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out

Lifting your name up for all to hear the sound

Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out

And as the day draws near

We'll sing until the whole world hears

 

We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears

 

 

Until the Whole World Hears

Joe