Behind the Song: “Rise Up”


Ben Shive wrote and recorded this one for his first record several years ago, and I told him immediately that I wanted to record it for Resurrection Letters: Vol. I.

It’s not only about our resurrection on the last day, but God’s promise to return and make all things right again. It’s such an honor to cover a song by one of the finest songwriters I’ve ever known.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Volume I in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “Rise Up” here:


Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Kara


    I am encouraged to sobbing, flowing tears by this song; I can live for Jesus and I can die for Him. It is an anthem.  AP, tremendous. Thank you for choosing to cover this song. Ben Shive, how would we have heard this otherwise?  Sing it strong, we are listening. Our hearts need good cheer for our road ahead.

  2. Conrad Beattie

    I just recently finished reading “A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology” by J.Richard Middleton where he clearly shows the holistic nature of salvation insofar as we don’t all abandon Earth in favor of a celestial eternity elsewhere (Heaven), but that Heaven comes down to Earth and God will dwell with Man again (Sound familiar? ‘Is He Worthy’).  Then I was reading Matthew chapter 19 and in verse 28 Jesus says,”Truly, I say to you, in the regeneration…” It was like a jolt of electricity – not that I hadn’t read it before. It just hadn’t resonated quite the same way before. Keep preaching the truth through song – it is a powerful medium of communication.

  3. Dan White

    I came to the Rabbit Room looking for a liner note or something for “Rise Up,” suspecting it was written by Ben Shive. This song has that classic Shive sound. Andrew, speaks truth to my soul like no other, and I love almost everything he does, but this particular Peterson-Shive collaboration is special. Thanks for continuing to minister and make art that embodies truth.

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