BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#858 - "Higher" by For All Seasons
For All Seasons leans on God's sovereign perspective in "Higher."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #858 -
Posted: September 19, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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New Centricity Music band For All Seasons is certainly a band to watch as they have launched their debut singles "Higher" and "No Other" in anticipation of their album release, Clarity. The up and coming band from California is comprised of Emily Hamilton (lead vocals, guitars, keys), Johnny Hamilton (drums), Jeff Luckey (guitars, keys, vocals) and Randy Charlson (bass, guitars). 

Right from the opening notes of "Higher," the band displays uplifting reverence and a joy of worship to our King, Jesus. I really like the song and find myself frequently singing the biblically-based chorus. The song has a great melody and message. I love the biblical truth of the song, and Emily's sincere and emotive vocal style laced with an indie alt-rock vibe reminds me of Plumb. I had the chance to interview the band about the song.

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Emily: We did a lot of writing for this album, and it was a cool time for us to figure out what we wanted to say. We've been playing together for a while, and the whole world of co-writing songs is new to us. All of the music we've written has come from personal stories, and those are the songs we want to share. They come from our personal experiences of what the Lord is teaching us. 

I was sitting with some friends for a co-write, and we were talking about our family situations and relationships, and we started talking about how hostile culture is right now. For me specifically, having close friends and family who are not walking with the Lord and believe different things that I do, how I'm called to deal with that. Oftentimes in Christianity we feel like we have to follow a set of rules. I was reading a book which talks about how Jesus didn't come to enforce rules, but instead He came to break them. You see that with the lepers. Culture and religion said to not touch lepers, and Jesus said He was going to do it. Culture and religion said to stone the adulterous woman, and Jesus said He was going to forgive her. 

Unpacking that, we realized that God's ways and the way that He sees the world are different than my own human heart and eyes, and I have to choose to trust and follow Him. Whether that's with my family or friends or a stranger, we're going to come across people we disagree with all the time. What is God calling us to do with that brokenness? We are called to walk alongside people with love and compassion and to meet them where they are the same way Jesus did. He came alongside people with grace and compassion and love, and He showed them there was more to life. In this song and in my daily walk, when I come across someone who thinks differently than me, what is it that God is calling me to do? Is it to follow the rules of religion, or to hear from the Holy Spirit and ask what He wants me to do?

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV): "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."

John 20:29 (NKJV): Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Colossians 1:15-18 (NKJV): "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence."

What is the takeaway message?

Emily: I know that God sees the heart of people more than I do, so I want to follow the Creator's calling in a relationship more than what I can see with my own eyes. It's been cool for us to see how people have responded to the song. For us, it was about how to deal with people in relationships and trusting that God's ways of dealing with people are greater and higher than ours. It's also for people going through a confusing time and not being sure what to think about life, and they are blessed with the decision that God's ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. Rather than stay in a confusing state, trust in the Lord and don't lean on our own understanding. 

In the process of not only writing this song and singing it for people, we trust that God's Word doesn't return void. It's not up to me to argue, but instead to speak His truth and trust that His Spirit is working through what we are singing. It's not my job to save people, or to convince people that God is great. I lay it all on the table about who Jesus is and trust that God knows that person's heart and works in how they see the world.

Jeff: I think for me, one thing I really love about this song is that when you come to the realization that you don't always know the best way to do things, there's a lot of joy and freedom when you trust in God who is good all of the time. His ways are higher, and He knows so much more about us and what we are going through. There's a lot of freedom in that revelation. The music matches the joy and freedom of that message.

Lyrics:
You are maker of all 
You were made by none 
Even when the tide's rising I'm deep in Your love 

You remain in control 
With a steady hand 
Even when the lies of this life start to make sense 

So be my guiding light
When things aren't black and white 
I'll trust in who You are 
In who You are 

Your ways are higher, Your ways are higher 
Than all of my way, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher, Your ways are higher 
For now and always, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher 

You have made Yourself known 
Through the eyes of faith 
The invisible is visible on the darkest of days 

There's no place You won't go
Nothing out of reach 
When I make mistakes or walk away You never leave me

So be my guiding light
When things aren't black and white 
I'll trust in who You are 
In who You are 

Your ways are higher, Your ways are higher 
Than all of my way, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher, Your ways are higher 
For now and always, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher 

So be my guiding light
When things aren't black and white 
I'll trust in who You are 
In who You are 

Your ways are higher, Your ways are higher 
Than all of my way, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher, Your ways are higher 
For now and always, far beyond what I can see 
You're higher


For All Seasons is passionate about making creative music that points listeners towards worshipping Jesus. The theme of emptying ourselves in order to be filled by the Holy Spirit is found in their catchy and uplifting songs. I greatly enjoy the musical vibe of this song, and the melody is catchy and the lyrics are rooted in Scripture. 

The creative use of biblical language is a highlight. There are no ambiguous lyrics, which is refreshing way to boldly proclaim what you believe and be attractive to those who don't yet know Jesus as their personal Savior. We know from Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV), "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void."  

The message of this song challenges listeners to think about our own doubts and how Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection, to remember that He has overcome death and fear. We can know that He is real, He is near and He is just a breath away. All we need is faith, and God will show us what He has planned for us. He's the Author of our lives and knows what's best for us, much better than we do. His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. No matter what, there isn't a detail in our lives that God isn't concerned about. 

When God speaks to us in those God-moments and we get the chance to pass that on to others to edify and build up the body, that's a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God. With this catchy and upbeat song, followers of Jesus can all celebrate God's goodness and holiness, and from glory to glory we can praise Jesus by lifting our eyes, our hands and our voices and sing to Him: "Your ways are higher, Your ways are higher, Than all of my way, far beyond what I can see, You're higher, Your ways are higher, For now and always, far beyond what I can see, You're higher." 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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