#181 - "Day After Day" by Kristian Stanfill
The emerging worship leader talks with NRT's Kevin Davis about trusting God to take care of His world, expressed in the song "Day After Day."
Most recently known for his energetic and powerful song “Say Say,” featured on Passion: Awakening, the newest member of the sixstepsrecords roster, Kristian Stanfill, unveiled his sophomore record Mountains Move on Jan. 11. Produced by Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, MercyMe, Sanctus Real) and Rusty Varenkamp (Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman), the songs featured on Mountains Move stand ready to bring hope and a voice to people and churches all over the world.
“These songs are about having faith in God,” Stanfill notes, “and believing that God is who He says He is, no matter what our circumstances are. There’s a beautiful phrase: ‘Let’s stop living according to the size of our issues and start living according to the size of our God.’ That’s really what the record is saying. The situation might seem impossible, really bleak and dark right now, but remember how big our God is. Remember His promises. That gives you hope.”
Mountains Move represents a significant departure for Stanfill from many years of solo songwriting. He stepped outside his comfort zone and fully embraced the concept of co-writing, as he teamed up with Dove Award winning songwriter Jason Ingram, GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Chris Tomlin and Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan.
“If I were completely honest, I think part of writing solo was my pride holding onto that process a little bit too tightly," Stanfill confesses. "I learned this year that when you let other people in the process, when you get a team around you, it becomes so much more fun.”
I got the great opportunity to interview Kristian about his current single “Day After Day.” Here are the answers to the questions I asked him.
So what's the message of the song “Day After Day”?
I started writing the song in early 2010. I’ve been married for seven years and have two young kids, a four-year-old son and an 18-month-old daughter. My wife and I put our kids to bed and it was that quiet time of day and we flipped on the television and the world news came on. It seemed like that night that every headline was bad news. Disaster, injustice, infidelity--all bad news. I’d like to say our faith kicked in and we said God has it all under control. Instead we had this fear about everything going wrong in the world. Psalm 24 says the Earth is the Lord’s. Deuteronomy 4 tells us that the earth belongs to God. I started writing this song “Day After Day” that night after watching the news because my wife and I needed the words of the song. My band and I got the chance to sing this song all last summer for thousands of college students and it has given a lot of people hope.
Which Bible verses go with the message of the song?
Psalm 24:1-4: "The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully."
Deuteronomy 4:39: "Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other."
Daniel 2:19-23: "During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: 'Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.'"
How can listeners apply that message in their walks as Christians when they listen to the song?
The song has really given people a lot of hope. I have discovered the beauty of co-writing. I started writing this song for me and my wife. Then I finished writing the song with Jason Ingram. It was one of the very last songs I brought to Jason that we co-wrote for the album. Another co-writer on the song was Tim Gibson, my bass player. He helped with some of the lyrics and scripture that inspired the song. I know this song really speaks to people who are asking a lot of questions. They believe in God, but they are having a hard time finding God in this world, especially in our leaders and the decisions they are making. It also helps people struggling with depression. The earth belongs to God and “day after day God is reigning.
Here are the lyrics:
Men will try to rule the world You made
But we know power is Yours alone to give and take
A day will come when every knee will bow
And every tongue confess that You are Lord
Both now and forever
Day after day our God is reigning
He's never shaken
My hope is in the Lord
Time after time our God is faithful
My hope is in the Lord
The fear of men and what they plan will fade
But we know You alone are God of every day
And like the flowers, men will rise and fall
But You are everlasting, never-ending God eternal
Let the songs of adoration rise
Our God is reigning up on high
He's worthy to receive the praise and the glory
Here’s Matthew Henry’s commentary about Psalm 24:1-4: “We ourselves are not our own; our bodies, our souls, are not. Even those of the children of men are God's, who know Him not, nor own their relation to Him. A soul that knows and considers its own nature, and that it must live for ever, when it has viewed the earth and the fullness thereof, will sit down unsatisfied. It will think of ascending toward God, and will ask, What shall I do, that I may abide in that happy, holy place, where He makes His people holy and happy? God's peculiar people shall be made truly and for ever happy. Where God gives righteousness, He designs salvation. Those that are made meet for heaven, shall be brought safe to heaven, and will find what they have been seeking.”
I love this song. “Day After Day” is a stand-out song on the album and one of my new favorite songs. Similar to The Museum’s “My Help Comes From The Lord,” the song is based on the truth of the Psalms. Kristian’s passionate vocals are very engaging.
What’s great about “Day After Day” is that the song is congregational and hits home with the poignant lyrics, “Men will try to rule the world You made, but we know power is Yours alone to give and take.” I can’t get enough of the Biblical truth of the song and I love when artists take God’s Word from the Bible and turn it into a great and catchy song filled with truth. The song is a daily reminder for me that “A day will come when every knee will bow, And every tongue confess that You are Lord.”
Here’s the video of “Day After Day.”
Posted January 18, 2011 | Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.