BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#922 - "Here I Am" by Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster offers up a prayer of surrender in this new song from 'God of the Impossible.'
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #922 -
Posted: May 22, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Lincoln Brewster is one of the most acclaimed worship leaders and guitarists of our time. Known for his stellar guitar playing and energetic worship songs, he has recorded multiple radio hits such as "Love the Lord," "Everlasting God," "Today is the Day," "Shout for Joy," "God You Reign" and "Made New." Those songs all express adoration and praise to God and how His mercy and grace is "More Than Amazing," which causes our hearts to overflow with gratefulness.

Brewster's songs are great expressions of our thankfulness back to God and reflect his passion for the Church. That type of vertical expression of praise can be heard all throughout Brewster's new album God of the Impossible, which once again features congregational-friendly anthems including "No One Like Our God," "While I Wait" "Deep Down (Walk Through Fire)" and the first single "Here I Am." I had the opportunity to interview Lincoln about "Here I Am."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I co-wrote this song with friends of mine, Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes and Colby Wedgeworth. The song originally was an idea that Jonathan and Mia had been working on. The concept of the song sets the stage when it starts with "You're not asking for perfection, You're not after flawless prayers." 

It's one of those really pointed things that we may not talk about enough in church. It can be tricky to talk about, but I think people need to more frequently hear it. It's crystal clear in Scripture that Jesus doesn't tell us to have words of eloquence, but sometimes our best prayers are when we fumble around and get to the bottom of what is in our heart. That's what captured me about this song. We worked on the lyrics, and the song ultimately is about surrender. Anybody who has followed my music over the years knows that I'm a big fan of singing about that topic. 

I preached a sermon over the weekend that talked about three of the primary things we need to do be doing to live the life that God wants us to live are to surrender, follow and trust. Trust that God is working even when it doesn't look like He is working. This song covers the topics of surrender and follow. The song says "wherever You call me to go, I will go with my hands up." The international sign of surrender is to have both hands in the air, and everybody knows that all over the world. That was a big part of the song. 

Matthew 23:23 has Jesus addressing the religious folk of the day, namely the Pharisees, and a lot of the interactions that Jesus has like that have an impact on me because I was scared of religiosity for so long. Religion is what kept me out of church, and relationship is what got me into church. When Jesus calls the religious hypocrites, we were thinking of that with this song. The Pharisees ignored the essentials of the law: justice, mercy and faithfulness.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Isaiah 6:8 (VOICE): "Then I heard the Lord's voice. Eternal One: Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us? Isaiah: Here I am! Send me."

Genesis 22:1 (NIV): "Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!"
"Here I am," he replied."

Genesis 31:11 (NIV): "The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'"

Exodus 3:4 (NIV): "When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."

1 Samuel 3:4 (NIV): "Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am."

Revelation 3:20 (NIV): "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me."

Matthew 23:23 (VOICE): "So woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees. You hypocrites! You tithe from your luxuries and your spices, giving away a tenth of your mint, your dill, and your cumin. But you have ignored the essentials of the law: justice, mercy, faithfulness. It is practice of the latter that makes sense of the former."

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Matthew 5:14-16 (VOICE): "And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illuminate creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it."

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV): "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV): "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

What is the takeaway message?

The lyrics in the song "You're not looking for an anthem, You're not seeking offerings, let my words and all my ways be a sacrifice of praise" comes out of Hebrews. The takeaway of the song is a series of ideas about sacrifice and really being surrendered to God and willing to do whatever and go where God is calling me. Originally the bridge of the song was "Here I am, send me" from Isaiah 6:8. We ended up changing it to an old-school "I surrender all" nod, and I wanted it to feel soaring and lifted. 

I've heard it said that offerings and the work that we do sometimes looks like working ourselves to death to please God. I think God is really saying that He isn't looking for what we can do for Him, but what He wants is all of us. I'm under no delusion that God is looking down on me impressed and saying, "Wow, how do you do that on your guitar?" I think when my heart is in the right place and I'm surrendered and humble and saying "Lord, what do You want me to do," that's when I feel like we get God's attention. 

The song is about surrendering and trusting God. I think every Christian needs to ask the question, "What has God put me on earth to make happen?" If we all asked that question, I think we would see a different church. It's not about what we are here to get or the selfie-generation. Rather than being isolated, ask God what He wants you to do. That's the sacrifice and surrender component of the song.

Lyrics:
You're not asking for perfection
You're not after flawless prayers
All You've wanted from the start
The surrender of my heart

Every breath inside my lungs
All I hold within these hands
You can have it all, Here I am
And no matter what the cost
I'll give everything I have
You are worth it all, Here I am
You can have it all, Here I am

You're not looking for an anthem
You're not seeking offerings
Let my words and all my ways
Be a sacrifice of praise

Every breath inside my lungs
All I hold within these hands
You can have it all, Here I am
And no matter what the cost
I'll give everything I have
You are worth it all, Here I am
You can have it all, Here I am 

I surrender, I surrender
All I am is Yours
I surrender, I surrender
My whole life is Yours 


I get swept up in the profession of "Here I Am," which reflects the cry of my heart with lyrics that connect to my life verse Isaiah 6:8 with the stirring and convicting lyrics: "I'll give everything I have, You are worth it all. Here I am, You can have it all, here I am." This song is truly a sing-along chorus that we can all adopt as believers. I think the key for me is how that Isaiah 6 passage comes alive for me in this song, along with "Here I Am" by Shaun Groves, "Here I Am" by Downhere, "God of the Impossible" by Everfound and "Broken Things" by Matthew West. Add this song to that mix as part of my devotional encouragement through music to proclaim "You can have it all, here I am." I'm consistently praying that I have the courage to say, "Here I am, Lord send me" when God calls me. This song is a great prayer and answer to that call. What is one area in your life that you feel God may be calling you to exercise faith, even though you doubt your strength?

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. God wants us to boldly approach the throne of mercy and grace to receive and obtain what we need from Him. This song and album celebrates the freedom we are promised in God's Holy Word (2 Corinthians 5:17): "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." Christians are new creations on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives us new life, and we don't have to live anymore with our guilt, fears or worries. We serve the "God of the Impossible."

Before we were saved, we were dead in our sins. We were lost, and then God found us, and now we are alive in Christ. He desires us to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love one another. That's how we can show our adoration and thankfulness for what God has done for us. This song reminds us of our standing before God. We know what love is because God is love. He showed us His love when Jesus laid down His life for us, and He gave us His whole life. You can sing this song out of gratefulness for what He has done for us and lift up this offering of praise: "I surrender, I surrender, all I am is Yours. I surrender, I surrender, my whole life is Yours." 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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