Rivers and Robots is an Indie worship band from Manchester, UK. The band started out as a solo project of Jonathan Ogden with an aim of releasing worship songs with creative sound. In 2012, he grew the project into a full live band, going on to record albums as a 4-piece. The band has since had the opportunity to lead worship and do mission trips in many different cities around the UK, Europe and Asia.
We Have Overcome
We Have Overcome is a hit song from the Rivers & Robots which was first played in March 2013 but has since then become part of the album All Things New, which was released on July 8, 2014.
The song was first inspired by Jonathan Ogden’s reading of Revelations, specifically Revelations 12:11.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” – Revelations 12:11
In an interview with Reel Gospel (reel-gospel.com), Jonathan of Rivers & Robots recounts how he felt so inspired by the end-time church being so passionate for the Lord and how bold and full of God’s power they are. Jonathan imagined that this is the kind of church we will see before the coming of Christ–a church so in love with the Lord, that they know they will overcome because they are confident in who they are with the Lord.
The song has a rather cheery upbeat track. It reflects the feeling of victory and being confident and bold in the Lord, which is what the song is really about. It is a great opener to the album that embodies the idea of “all things new.”
The song’s lyrics show the optimistic view of a church in the future that is confidently waiting for the arrival of Jesus. It carries with it the hope that whatever happens in life, that they will be with Jesus forever which is reflected in the pre-chorus lyrics.
The following lyrics from the pre-chorus is also a direct reference to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
And with a trumpet call
You will open up the sky
Come with glory and with might
And we will be with the lamb
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ESV