Music Friday: 'He's Making Diamonds Out of Us,' Sings Hawk Nelson's Frontman Jonathan Steingard

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you uplifting tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Canadian Christian rock band Hawk Nelson performs "Diamonds," a spiritual song about how the pressure of dealing with life's many challenges often makes us stronger in the end.

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Lead vocalist Jonathan Steingard sings, "He's making diamonds, diamonds / Making diamonds out of dust / He is refining in his timing / He's making diamonds out of us."

Steingard explained to PraiseFestBC.com that "Diamonds" explores the real relationship between real-world people and a real-world God.

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“Diamonds talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful,” Steingard noted. “Just in the same way that diamonds are made. It’s a big comfort to me when I’m in those times to remember that hardships have a purpose and aren’t without meaning. A diamond is strong. It reflects light. It doesn’t have any light of its own, but it reflects the light that it receives.”

"Diamonds" is the title track from Hawk Nelson's seventh studio album. Released in March of 2015, the album Diamonds reached #12 on the Billboard U.S. Christian Albums chart.

Originating in Peterborough, Ontario, Hawk Nelson entered the Christian music scene in the early 2000s and was voted "Favorite New Artist" by CCM Magazine's readers in February of 2006. Current band members include Steingard (guitar, lead vocals), Daniel Biro (bass guitar, backing vocals), Micah Kuiper (guitar) and David Niacaris (drums).

Please check out Hawk Nelson's inspiring and high-energy performance of "Diamonds." The lyrics are below if you'd like to sing along.

"Diamonds"
Written by Jason Ingram, Matthew Bronleewe and Jon Steingard. Performed by Hawk Nelson.

Here and now I'm in the fire,
In above my head
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
Being held under the pressure,
Don't know what'll be left
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
But it's here in the ashes
I'm finding treasure

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of us

I'll surrender to the power
Of being crushed by love
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
Till the beauty that was hidden
Isn't covered up
Oh, oh, oh oh, oh, oh
Oh it's not what I hoped for
It's something much better

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of us

Oh the joy of the lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He's making diamonds

Oh the joy of the lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He's making diamonds

Oh the joy of the lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He's making, he's making

He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making us rise up from the dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us

I won't be afraid to shine
I won't be afraid to shine
I won't be afraid to shine
Cause he's making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us

Credit: Photo via HawkNelson.com, Screen capture via YouTube.com.

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