BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#704 - "Have it All" by Bethel Music
Brian Johnson tells the story of how this song came to him in a powerful moment of personal surrender.
 



Bethel Music has introduced and developed several amazing worship leaders, including Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, William Matthews, Kalley Heiligenthal, Paul and Hannah McClure and Melissa and Jonathan David Helser. They have also introduced churches to their songs "One Thing Remains," "Forever," "You Make Me Brave," "Ever Be," "No Longer Slaves," "Seas of Crimson" and "This is Amazing Grace."

Have it All released everywhere March 11, featuring sixteen original live worship songs, all beautifully produced for the Church. These songs were written from a place of reflecting on what it means to let God have all of us. The project is intended to lead listeners to that place also. If you are looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs, especially, "Faithful to the End," "Have it All," "Pieces," "Lion and the Lamb," "Heaven Come," "Mercy" and "Spirit Move." I had the chance to speak with Brian Johnson about "Have it All."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

It's interesting to be on the other end of a song being finished. The song didn't start out as me trying to write a song. One of our pastors was doing an altar call at the church on a Sunday morning, and I remember we were kneeling down. This lyric and melody "You can have it all, Lord, every part of my world" came to me, the whole chorus melody and words came to me. It was a cool moment, as I realized that this was a song. It was birthed during an altar call in a moment of surrender to God. I think the song is special because of that for me. Specifically the season that I was in and the season I've been in afterwards is interesting relative to this song. 

The lyric "take this life and breathe on this heart that is now Yours" is about submitting all of ourselves to God. When God breathes on us and puts His stamp on us, there's power and life and complete transformation. For us, in going out into the world and being an example for Him, wherever the Kingdom message is preached, there is complete transformation.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 2:9-11 (Voice): "So God raised Him up to the highest place and gave Him the name above all. So when His name is called, every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and below. And every tongue will confess "Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord," to the glory of God our Father!"

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV): "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Proverbs 3:3-4 (MSG): "Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people."

Psalm 63:2-4 (NKJV): "I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands." 

What is the takeaway message?

Wherever the Kingdom message is preached, there's complete transformation. It's not just a thought or empty theology. There's actual power behind it. I feel like this song has an evangelistic call. 

To be honest, I wrote the song last summer, and then I had a nervous breakdown. I ended up in the hospital. It was brokenness and a complete feeling of really needing God. I told my kids in moments like that, when you are at your end, there's no One but God. These lyrics started to make sense to me on another level. More than anything, the reason we titled the album "Have it All" is not because this is the best song by any means, but the idea of "You can have it all" and inspiring people to give all to God, and come to the place where they are completely undone and surrendered to Him-- I would pray that this song would inspire that. This could maybe be an altar call song that people can sing and say "what is Your will, God?"

Lyrics:
You can have it all, Lord
Every part of my world
Take this life and breathe on
This heart that is now Yours

Oh the joy I've found
Surrendering my crowns
At the feet of the King
Who surrendered everything 

Oh the peace that comes
When I'm broken and undone
By Your unfailing grace
I can lift my voice and say

You can have it all, Lord
Every part of my world
Take this life and breathe on
This heart that is now Yours

There is no greater call
Than giving You my all
I lay it all down
I lay it all down

There is no greater love
No higher name above
I lay it all down
I lay it all down

You can have it all, Lord
Every part of my world
Take this life and breathe on
This heart that is now Yours


Every song released by Bethel Music completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of Jesus. All of these songs are poignant and powerful with earnest, worshipful lyrics. Have it All will be one of the top worship albums of the year. It is truly a moving and prayerful worship experience.
 
The theme of "you can have it all, God" weaves through all of the songs, and is a message that all believers need to hear. This album is best described as a worship experience with an ethereal tone. These anointed worship leaders have consistently impressed me with their mature faith and sincere desire to serve Jesus. Worship is really about submission, and our roles as worshippers are really defined in this song: to just be amazed and in awe of God. 

Worship is about giving God our best, offering all of ourselves to Him. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. According to God's Word in Jeremiah 29:13, we need to search for God with all of our heart, then we will find Him. In our fast-paced society, how often are we dedicating our whole heart to God? Do we offer up half-hearted prayers, or do we seek Him with all of our heart?

This song totally moves me in my personal worship time. The song is an ethereal vertical worship ballad in the style of "We Will Not Be Shaken," sung with a stirring passion and filled with prayerful declarations. This is an incredible song for the Church. The theme of this song should be the heartbeat of every faithful Christian. You'll be raising your heart and hands in worship along with this great new song. I hear in Brian's vocals a sincere yearning for God and thankfulness in his heart for God's mercy and grace. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song. Commit your heart to Jesus as your first love. Make it your heart's cry to join in and sing along, "You can have it all, Lord, every part of my world, take this life and breathe on this heart that is now Yours." Amen to that!

Watch Brian sing the song 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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