BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#914 - "Victorious" by Austin & Lindsey Adamec
This husband and wife duo explains the core concepts of worship behind this new anthem.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #914 -
Posted: April 24, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Worship leader and singer-songwriter Austin Adamec and his wife Lindsey, also an acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and former 1GN member, came together to record a self-titled EP in 2016. Their worship album featured the standout songs "Walk on Waves" and "It is Finished." They also released their catchy original Christmas song, "Welcome to the World You Made."

The husband-wife duo creates pop-infused worship songs in the style of Love & the Outcome, Brad & Rebekah and All Sons & Daughters. While touring and writing songs for their next worship release, they have released a powerful resurrection-focused single, "Victorious." I had the chance to speak with Austin and Lindsey about the new song.

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Austin: Our story is about realizing how God's Word applies personally in our lives. We are worship pastors at our home church in Jacksonville. When we sing about God's victory in our lives, we try to relate that to what we are going through and make it personal, or it's just dead religion. All of God's promises are "yes and amen" as we know from Scripture. We can claim all of those promises in the name of Jesus. 

For us, this song is about relaying how Jesus overcame the grave of our past and our mistakes and all of the things that He reigns victorious over in this life that hold us captive. As we apply His mercy in our lives, we find that His Word is living and active. We wrote the chorus, and then in the middle of the night God gave me the verses about how death thought that it had won, but He has overcome.

Lindsey: When we were writing this song, we came to Nashville to write with a close friend of ours. We all grew up together, and we stayed at his house. That day we didn't know what we were going to write about, but God gave me a word and a melody. The word was "victorious," and I kept singing it over and over. The timing was perfect as we kept finding ourselves over and again in this place of unanswered prayers, in a season of waiting where we weren't necessarily seeing the victory yet. 

I was praying, and didn't know where to start, and I felt like the Lord pressed it on my heart that I wasn't writing about my victory but about His victory and everything He accomplished on the Cross. It really forced me to change my dialogue. There's so much power when you enter with thanksgiving in your heart. It's one thing to ask for something of God in a season of desperation, but it makes sense to start our dialogue with God by thanking Him for who He is and for what He has done on the Cross, for being by our sides. When you think about all that He has done, it forces you into a place of allowing those struggles to grow strangely dim because you are thinking about His faithfulness. 

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Matthew 4:16 (NKJV): "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."

John 8:12 (NKJV): "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'"

John 16:33 (NIV): "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Romans 8:37 (NLT): "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."

Psalm 55:22 (NIV): "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."

Psalm 40:1 (NIV): "I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry."

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV): And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Hebrews 12:2 (NLT): "We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne."

Revelation 12:11 (NKJV): "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

What is the takeaway message?

Austin: This song is a celebration of living a life in the presence of God and a song of praise for the victory that He has accomplished in our lives. No matter the season of life we find ourselves in, God has already accomplished all that we need by sending His Son to die on the cross. 

The first time the word "worship" was ever used was when Abraham was obedient to sacrifice his son Isaac. I love that the first time worship was used is in describing an act of obedience and acknowledgment that he knew God would provide. This song was written out of a place of saying right now that, no matter what we're going through, we are grateful for what God has done for us. Our past is covered in mercy, and His scars tell the story. 

We need to take that step of faith and be obedient and patient and worship Him out of obedience for who He is. Worship defined for the first time in Scripture was an action, not just an emotion. That sets the tone for how God views worship. When you rest assured that God will be faithful, that is when we can experience victory in our own lives.

Lindsey: When you proclaim who He is, and you say "God, this is who You are," it allows you to sing from a place of victory because of your faith in Him. You believe it will come to pass. It causes your desires to become His desires, and if He wants us in a season of waiting, we know that He will be good to us, no matter what the outcome. That's what this song is about. 

We always want to be open and vulnerable and acknowledge that we are all waiting on something, small or big. We are always in a season of unanswered prayers, and God is still reigning victorious in that season as well.

Lyrics:
Oh, King of Heaven, my heart can't fathom
The cross You chose, to pay for my ransom
Death had thought it won
But You have overcome

My past now covered in mercy
My hope restored, Your scars tell the story
Fear had thought it won
But You have overcome, You have overcome

There's power in Your blood
We stand redeemed because You are
Victorious, victorious
There's healing in Your name
Through every season You will reign
Victorious, victorious

Forever my lips will sing of Your glory
Forever my heart will know who is for me
Oh, champion of love
You have overcome, You have overcome

There's power in Your blood
We stand redeemed because You are
Victorious, victorious
There's healing in Your name
Through every season You will reign
Victorious, victorious
Victorious, victorious

Our blessed assurance
Our rock through the ages
Jesus, You reign victorious
Your Kingdom, Your glory
Will never be shaken
Jesus, You reign victorious!

There's power in Your blood
And there's healing in Your name
There's power in Your blood
And there's healing in Your name

There's power in Your blood
We stand redeemed because You are
Victorious, victorious
There's healing in Your name
Through every season You will reign
Victorious, victorious

Our blessed assurance
Our rock through the ages
Jesus, You reign victorious
Your Kingdom, Your glory
Will never be shaken
Jesus, You reign victorious! 


We need to have faith that God participates meaningfully in our lives as followers of Jesus. He's with us, and through the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us, He's with us during our battles. I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances. In our weakness, God's strength is perfect. Remember, if God is for us, who can be against us? We can face our battles with more courage and strength because we know that whatever the outcome, based on His promise in Romans 8:28, "God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." 

This song is about Jesus. He overcame the grave. It's about submitting all of ourselves to Him and His goodness and allowing His blood to cover us and run through our veins. That's how we can "overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony." The world and its setbacks are tactics of the Enemy, who doesn't want Christians to be empowered by the blood of Jesus or to have a self-image based in truth. We all need to wait on God and pray to be in His will, and He will transform our prayers to align with His plans for us. We need to remember that all of His promises are "yes and amen."

Scripture tells us that we are victorious through Jesus. Remember these words from 1 John 4:4 (NKJV): "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." By stepping into the Lord's ability instead of relying on ourselves, we are empowered by the supernatural ability of God. This song has become my personal anthem, and I sing along at the top of my lungs these exciting lyrics: "Our blessed assurance, our Rock through the ages, Jesus, You reign victorious/ Your Kingdom, Your glory, will never be shaken. Jesus, You reign victorious!" 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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