BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#839 - "True North" by Kerrie Roberts
Kerrie Roberts finds stability and direction in this worshipful song.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #839 -
Posted: July 13, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Powerhouse female vocalist Kerrie Roberts, known for her hit CCM pop songs "No Matter What," "Outcast," "Rescue Me (How the Story Ends)" and "What Are You Afraid Of," recently released her first ever full-length worship album Boundless. As a pastor's daughter, Kerrie's heart as a worshipper has been heard throughout her albums as her powerful songs "No Matter What," "Savior to Me (Sing Glory)," "In Your Sight" and "My Heart's Lifted" have all been vertical offerings of praise and worship. Kerrie is a uniquely gifted singer/songwriter with a big voice which is dynamic yet intimate. Her memorable style is uniquely emotive and soulful. 

Entering into her songs, you can't help but be moved to hear how God has healed her heart and gain insights into God's character. She words her prayers of thankfulness and praise as catchy and instantly sing-able melodies, like if we could hear David sing his Psalms to God. I had the chance to speak with Kerrie about "True North."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I was writing songs with Chris Chron and Krissy Nordhoff for this album, and we had a line in the song about Jesus being our true north. We kept coming back to the idea and felt that it was too strong to just be a line in the song. It needed to be its own song. 

The three of us wrote quite a few of these songs for this album, and this song came easily. The pivotal line in the song is "all my longings point to You." It reminds me of Psalm 37:4: "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." As you delight in Him, your desires become about Him. God does grant us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him first. The song is challenging and inspirational to me. There are parallels all over in life, in our perspectives, in our relationships and our focus points in life.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV): "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

Psalm 37:4 (NIV): "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV): "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV): "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

Psalm 33:3 (VOICE): "Sing to Him a new song; play each the best way you can, and don't be afraid to be bold with your joyful feelings."

Psalm 119:11 (NIV): "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You."

What is the takeaway message?

Finding true north is essential for navigation. Every other direction is determined by this orienting point. In life, you have an internal compass, and it affects all of your decisions, thoughts and dreams. If you are calibrating against anything other than eternal truth, it will be impossible to find the ultimate home you're meant to have. 

I love that this means we are able to explore and experience so many adventures and that there is not one path that we all must follow. It's just that our desires are shaped by the pull of His grace and mercy. When you live under God's definition of who you are, then you'll be a success as long as you are His and devoted to Him. It's not easy, but a statement that I will ever be striving to make true. His love is true, and He is truth Himself. There is no better true north to guide your life by.

Lyrics:
Draw me in, pull me closer
I'm all in, taken over
Magnetic, I surrender, I can't help it
No escaping now that
All my longings point to You

My true north, You give my life direction
You're my true north, Your heart is my obsession
And wherever You lead me, I am following
My true north, oh oh

I look around at all the mystery
All the world reveals You glory
Resounding with a shout of praise
Igniting, Your love lights the way
All my longings point to You
(All my longings point to You)

My true north, You give my life direction
You're my true north, Your heart is my obsession
And wherever You lead me, I am following
My true north, oh oh

God, Your love is true
I can count on You, I can count on You
God, Your love is true
I can count on You, I can count on You

My true north, You give my life direction
You're my true north, Your heart is my obsession
And wherever You lead me, I am following
My true north, oh oh
My true north, oh oh


Thematically, this worshipful album explores a thoughtful side of faith, hope and love and the acknowledgment that an authentic life of faith isn't void of suffering; there is, however, purpose amid pain, God's promise that a breakthrough is coming and the motivating power of God's love. For me, this song reflects what's on my heart. My greatest desire as a follower of Jesus is to live out the Gospel, and the songs on this album all help me with my walk and challenge me to gain that "righteousness that comes from God and is by faith." 

The main message of the song is to hold on to Christ, as something better is coming. Allow the fullness of Christ's love to indwell in your heart and proclaim the truth of this song. Know that being His is enough. When we feel like we are on shaky ground and we are dealing with the uncertainty of our situations, the economy and our world, this song allows us to dwell on the unshakable nature of God. When all else fades away, He will remain. 

We all need to remember that we're not able to save ourselves. Only Jesus can give us our true identity. We can all find comfort in seeking God's presence and know that He is always with us and wants to make His home in our hearts. This song is a great way to express the joy, thankfulness and dedication to God that we should all have as followers of Jesus.

We are never alone or need to feel lonely as God's daughters and sons. Spend time with God and let Him redeem and restore you. That truth is what really moves me and guides me in my Christian walk, to live every day for Heaven. Allow the fullness of Christ's love to indwell in your heart and proclaim the truth of this song back to Jesus: "my true north, You give my life direction, You're my true north, Your heart is my obsession, and wherever You lead me, I am following." Amen to that!

Watch the lyric video below.
 



 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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