BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#898 - "Drawn to You" by Audrey Assad
Audrey Assad offers this song as a prayer of supplication.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #898 -
Posted: February 27, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Audrey Assad is a critically lauded singer, songwriter and musician, as well as author, speaker, producer and daughter of a Syrian refugee. Assad released her third independent album, Evergreen, on February 23rd.  From my first listen, I was totally captivated by this album. I'm really engaged by Audrey's emotional vocals and the deep, prayerful and personal lyrics throughout the album. 

With each new offering, Audrey brings sincerity and relatable themes that get deeper with each listen, as with her previously released reverent songs "For Love of You," "Restless," "Sparrow," "Even Unto Death" and "New Every Morning," which have all been featured as behind the song devotionals. I had the chance to speak with Audrey about "Drawn to You."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I wrote the chorus of this song with Matt Maher before the rest of the song was written. It just kind of popped out really quickly. I definitely had the concept in mind before I went in to write the song, about what does it mean to be simply drawn to God even though you're not sure what you think about God anymore? At that point, I was really in a state of deconstruction, which I think was a really healthy process for me to go through because I had so many bad ideas about God. I probably still do, but I hope they are better than they were a few years ago. 

I still felt like even as I abandoned so many ideas from when I was raised and so many methods about practicing religion, there was a lot of stuff I was removing and throwing away. At the bottom of all of that, I was still very drawn to the idea and the Person of God. It's a classic example for me of a song that I wrote because I needed to hold onto something. Every time I sing this song, and I sing it at every show now as the song has become very special to me, I'm still thinking that I want this to be true. I want this to be where my heart really is. I want this to be who God is to me. 

This song for me is a true prayer of supplication, even though I'm saying things that sound like statements of certainty. I don't really have that same level of certainty in my heart anymore about almost anything, but I feel very peaceful about that.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ecclesiastes 5:7 (VOICE): "Daydreaming and excessive talking are pointless and fleeting things to do, like trying to catch hold of a breath. What good comes from them? It is better to quietly reverence God."

Ecclesiastes 3:10-12 (NIV): "I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live."

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV): "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." 

John 15:5 (NKJV): "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."

1 Corinthians 2:9 (VOICE): "But as the Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him."

James 4:8 (VOICE): "Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands; you have dirtied them in sin. Cleanse your heart, because your mind is split down the middle, your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other."

James 4:8 (NASB): "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

What is the takeaway message?

This song is really a prayer of wanting to be close to God, and wanting to draw near and be intimately acquainted with who God is. Even in the times when I sing it and I don't feel that way, I find it helpful because it is pastoring me. I am preaching the gospel to myself, that's the idea. That James 4:8 passage you mentioned resonates with me. It's a simple statement in Scripture and one that we don't take seriously enough, that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. 

When we approach God, we experience His presence. We do it so imperfectly, but that's who we are. There are not any hoops you need to jump through to make God's presence come alive. I don't always sense God's presence the way I want to, and I shouldn't put any pressure on myself for God's presence to feel a certain way. My sensory experience is not the benchmark of God's presence, as I'm not infallible. I'm going on faith that if I draw near to God, He will draw near to me. The song is my attempt to do that.

Lyrics:
All my devotion is like sinking sand
I've nothing to cling to but Your sweet hand
No clear emotions keeping me safe at night
Only Your presence, like a candle light

After everything I've had
After everything I've lost
Lord, I know this much is true
I'm still drawn to You

I pour out my sorrows just like a precious oil
I kiss Your feet, Lord, with a holy joy
My tears an offering of my highest praise!
Your eyes say "Welcome," and I receive Your gaze

'Cause after everything I've had
And after everything I've lost
Lord, I know this much is true
I'm still drawn to You!
After everything's been said
After everything love costs
Lord, I know this much is true
I'm still drawn to You

Lord, I know this much is true
I'm still drawn to You


More than just intellectual assent, God wants to be at the center of our heart's desires. We change our minds quickly, but our hearts are more devoted. God can do immeasurably more than anything and everything one can ask or even imagine, and this song is a true celebration of the great biblical truth of "Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" from Ephesians 3:20. 

Whatever your circumstances, you can celebrate that Truth. You may be going through some of the worst earthly things that you can imagine, but "no human mind can conceive all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). With this song, there is a gorgeous combination of the reverence of every word being directed vertically, and inspired biblically, to our God who is immeasurably more than we can imagine. I sing this song to God in my daily worship and devotional time, bowing my heart to Him.

There are several truths we can cling to in this song's lyrics. God is full of compassion, and His mercies are new every morning. You can sincerely pray these words along with Audrey. God is omnipresent and always with us, and we are never too far beyond His reach. "Drawn to You" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Right from the lyrics, "No clear emotions keeping me safe at night, only Your presence, like a candle light," I find myself praying and singing along with this amazing song as it expresses a deep desire that many people have, which is to proclaim: "After everything I've had, after everything I've lost, Lord, I know this much is true, I'm still drawn to You." 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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