I love it when an artist shares the story behind a song. How about you? This song really spoke to me the first time I listened to it, but it spoke even more when I read the story behind it.
Thousand Foot Krutch
Have a listen or read what Trevor had to say about the song below. Perhaps even both.
Trevor McNevan’s answer to the story behind writing this song:
“This one still gives me chills. It was the first song written for the new record. I had been trying to hone in on what this record should sound like, what it should feel like, etc, and I started to get frustrated. I was shooting in 10 different directions and wasn’t happy with my shots. I remember going out to the deck, pulling my hair out, and looking up at the stars, and just crying out to God, wondering why I was feeling this way, why the uncertainty in direction.
I’m blessed to not be very acquainted with “writer’s block;” [inspiration] seems to never stop coming. I give God all the glory for that and am grateful, although it’s sometimes very annoying when I can’t shut it off! I remember hearing God say, “Go back,” so I went inside and pulled out our first two independent albums.
I remember listening to “Small Town” and “Lift It” again for the first time in years, and was standing there in tears. God’s anointing was still on those songs. I needed to get my head out of “what makes a great song,” and just write from the heart. I shared this with my wife, and she said, “Why don’t you write about this? About how the Holy Spirit speaks to you and how you feel right now.” It hit me like a brick. So I went upstairs and sat down with an acoustic for the rest of the night and wrote this song. This song is as honest as it gets.” [Source: newreleasetoday.com]
I can relate to this so much. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will flow through you like a River, then other seasons He holds back. At times perhaps we also stifle His voice.
Or simply ask Him not to speak. *blush* 🤣😂😂
I remember this one time when Andrew and I went to the movie theatre and I prayed, Lord, please don’t give me anything during this movie. I really want to enjoy it. I need a break. Please speak to Andrew instead. He did, and Andrew received something from the Holy Spirit instead. In my defense it was an exhausting season. I’m sure God understood. He loves me. But I do prefer it when He gives me the words. That’s when I feel the closest to Him. ❤
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.Acts 2:38
“The Jews had not been baptized; and a baptism now would be a profession of the religion of Christ, or a declaration made before the world that they embraced Jesus as their Messiah. It was equivalent to saying that they should publicly and professedly embrace Jesus Christ as their Saviour. The gospel requires such a profession, and no one is at liberty to withhold it. A similar declaration is to be made to all who are inquiring the way to life………… If people are unwilling to profess religion, they have none. If they will not, in the proper way, show that they are truly attached to Christ, it is proof that they have no such attachment. Baptism is the application of water, as expressive of the need of purification, and as emblematic of the influences from God that can alone cleanse the soul. It is also a form of dedication to the service of God.Barnes Notes on the Bible
The word for “gift” (dôrea) is generic, and differs from the more specific “gift” (charisma) of 1Corinthians 12:4; 1Corinthians 12:9; 1Corinthians 12:28. The Apostle does not necessarily promise startling and marvellous powers, but in some way they should all feel that a new Spirit was working in them, and that that Spirit was from God.
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