BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#469 - "The Rock Won't Move" by Vertical Church Band
Tyler Miller talks with us about how we can be sure and steady if we base our lives on Jesus.
 


The Rock Won't Move is the second full-length worship album by Vertical Church Band, available everywhere October 29. The band is a ministry formed out of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and features the worship leaders Seth McConkey, Meredith Andrews, Andi Rozier, Tyler Miller, Kyle Fredericks, Jon Guerra and others.

The group wrote over 100 songs before selecting these 10 Spirit-filled songs for the Church. The album is centered on the Rock of Jesus, and a theme verse could be 1st Corinthians 10:4: "For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."

The idea of an entire album filled with songs proclaiming Jesus as our Rock and our foundation is a devotional challenge as left to our own devices, many of us would build on sinking sand. What's especially cool about this new album is how every song is true to that biblical concept with strong messages. I had the chance to speak with Tyler Miller about the anthemic title track "The Rock Won't Move."

Please tell me about the background message behind the song.

The first thing I would tell you is that the song came from a lot of personal struggle and seeking the Lord in a tough time in life. There was a lot of uncertainty and I wasn't sure what was coming next for me, personally. I had to cling to the faithfulness of the Lord during that time. Sometimes it is the smallest things, and if you are really saturating yourself in Scripture and have your heels dug into the Word of God, you start to see Gospel application in all sorts of things around you. You go to see a movie, and you see the Gospel because the story of redemption is hidden in all great stories.

The simple idea for the chorus of this song funny enough came from when I was on a jog, and a lot of times I'll write songs when I run. I was running on a path where there are some big rocks. Every time I run down that path, those rocks are there. There was the weird contrast in my mind and heart that my mind and my heart are ever-changing and ever-moving, and there's this place I come back to where things are always the same. These rocks are always there. It popped into my mind that the Rock won't move. At that point, I thought of our ultimate Rock, and that's Christ. In the ever changing nature on planet earth, to know that there's a firm foundation underneath us, a God that never changes and a story of redemption and a salvation that never changes. I knew right then that I had to put that into a song. Around a year after I wrote the chorus of the song, I came out to Harvest Bible Chapel and Vertical Church Band, and put this song together with some other writers.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV): "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Romans 12:1 (NKJV): I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

1st Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV): "For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."

What's the takeaway message for listeners?

That Bible passage in Matthew comes right after a stern warning from Jesus. He says "not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord, will enter"and then goes on to explain that those who build their house on the Rock do not fall because they've built on the Rock. My experience of the Christian life has been a life of tension because Paul said, "We are more than conquerors in Christ,"but also said, "We are always carrying the body of death of Jesus."

There's the tension of the flesh warring with the spirit. There's a responsibility in the Christian life to obey and to choose to follow. What resolve we have is a gift from God. We take that resolve and throw it at the Lord and say I will obey. We make some effort to build our lives on the Rock of Christ. Ultimately and what the song is about is that if our salvation rested on our resolve to follow Christ, then we would all be in a lot of trouble. Our salvation does not rest on our resolve to follow Him, because we are people of tension, but God is perfect. Our salvation rests upon His eternally unchanging substitution in our place, which is the Rock of our salvation. It's the Cross, and the nature of God that can't change. There's a line in the verse that says, "I'm holding fast to the promise of the truth that You are holding tighter still to me."If my hope resides in me, I'm hopeless, but my hope resides in God who doesn't change. He's a covenant keeping God and He's chosen to give His love to me, and that's a Rock that I can go to always. No matter what emotional state I'm in, and no matter the type of day I'm having, the Rock doesn't change. Ultimately it is a song of hope for the Church.

Lyrics:
When the ground beneath my feet gives way
And I hear the sound of crashing waves
All my world is washing out to sea
I'm hidden safe in the God who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of the truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

The Rock won't move and His word is strong
The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone
The Rock won't move and His word is strong
The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone
The Rock of our Salvation

My hope is in the promise of Your blood
My support within the raging flood
Even in the tempest, I can sing
I'm hidden safe in the God who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of Your truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

Woah, woah
Woah, the Rock of our salvation

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
The Rock won't move, the Rock won't move
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest in His unchanging grace
The Rock won't move, the Rock won't move

I really enjoy the exciting musical vibe of this album, and the melodies and lyrics are all catchy and biblical. The Rock Won't Move is loaded with great rock beats, catchy melodies, and solid lyrics reflecting unashamed faith in Jesus. Everything we do and everything we have needs to come from the place of who we are in Jesus.

We know from Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." There's safety and security in the knowledge of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus. There's only one name under Heaven by which we can be saved: Jesus. This album proclaims that Truth in every single song.

"The Rock Won't Move" is a song that reflects trusting completely in the Lord's grace for liberty from sin and self-reliance. I find myself really singing along loudly with worship leader Kyle Fredericks when he cries out: "The Rock won't move and His Word is strong / The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone / The Rock won't move and His Word is strong, / The Rock won't move and His love can't be undone…The Rock of our salvation."

The song builds to an emotional crescendo, building to the bridge "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand / The Rock won't move, no, the Rock won't move!" That's a wonderful Truth that all followers of Jesus can adopt as their anthem of faith. There are over 120 passages that reference the rock throughout Scripture. Our Firm Foundation, Christ the Solid Rock, is the only ground where we can stand that won't move or let us down. That's something worth singing about.

(You can listen to the song here.)

 

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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