BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#799 - "Lifeline" by Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan found God's strength in his weakness, an experience he sings about on "Lifeline."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #799 -
Posted: February 23, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Thousand Foot Krutch, one of my favorite rock bands, recently released the radio single "Lifeline" from EXHALE, which also features "Running With Giants." You can hear the band perform an energetic set of hard rock songs at Winter Jam.

The newest album is their third independent release, following in the footsteps of The End Is Where We Begin, which featured "War of Change," "Fly on the Wall" and "Be Somebody," and OXYGEN:INHALE, which includes "Untraveled Road" and "Born this Way." 

The themes of OXYGEN: INHALE and EXHALE have some strong theological and spiritual connections for the band to cover on these past two releases. I had the opportunity to speak with TFK front man Trevor McNevan in-person at Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about "Lifeline."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This is a very honest, story-type song. The original idea for these albums, INHALE and EXHALE, was that the albums would be released on the same day. For a year I was writing these songs on the road, and I would look at this blackboard filled with ideas. We had just had our first young child, and I had just finished building a studio, and there was a lot of life happening. I remember for the first time in my life, and you have these moments along the way, but I felt overwhelmed. I made the mistake of trying to juggle too much, and I was depleted. I unfortunately got in that place for the first time in my journey of life, and I felt anxiety and couldn't get off the ground. It got pretty bad. 

It was definitely a moment for my wife and I to look at life balance and readjust in order to make everything work smoothly for my sake, my family's sake and the band's sake. It was a pivotal moment. As not fun as that moment was, I wouldn't trade it as it was a learning curve and an opportunity to reach out for God and trust Him at a greater level than I had before. 

There was a new room in the house so to speak. God was so faithful, and we were able to readjust. It's been awesome. This song stemmed from that moment. I was at a bit of a standstill in the writing process because of how I was feeling. In prayer, I was talking to God and thinking about how to process what I was going through. As a guy, sometimes your pride gets in the way, and it wasn't something I wanted to talk about. But I know God has given us this platform, and I wanted to honestly share what I was dealing with in this song.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 150:6 (NKJV):"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" 

Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."

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."

What is the takeaway message?

This song is me opening that conversation in honesty to say that it's true what the Scripture says, that He is strongest in our weakness. It's redefining that moment for me. The lyrics and chorus of this song are me crying out to God: "Give me a reason I can believe in, I need it all this time, send me a lifeline." I need all the love and grace and mercy that God can give. That's what this song is about. 

It's been an exciting song for us to open up that conversation. For me, the learning curve from that moment in my life was that just because you feel a certain way, doesn't mean that His Word isn't true. I had to readjust some things in my schedule, and I also needed to readjust and set some time aside and have quiet time with God. As people we can be guilty of when you don't feel joy, you question if God is there. You ask questions like "why did this happen?" The reassurance of His Word and His promises are true, regardless of how we feel or our circumstances. At the end of the day, I feel like God was teaching me that. Don't be moved by your circumstances. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Lyrics:
Cut me like those words you throw
Console me when you want control
Roll me in those lies you've told
But I won't play these games no more and

(Don't run and hide, stand up and fight)
I'm feeling like just letting go
(It's shaking your mind with cause and divide)
It's taking everything I know
(Don't run and hide, stand up inside)
The wheels keep burning
I'm about ready to blow

When I get angry, I feel weak
And hear these voices in my head
Telling me to fall beneath
Cause they'll make everything okay
How did I get here?
Everything's unclear
I never meant to cause you pain
Give me a reason I can believe in
I need it all this time
Send me a lifeline

Wave if it makes you look good
Smile when you feel like you should
It's hard not to treat this like I could
Heaven help me, it's overwhelming

(Don't run and hide, stand up and fight)
I'm feeling like just letting go
(It's shaking your mind with cause and divide)
It's taking everything I know
(Don't run and hide, stand up inside)
The wheels keep burning
I'm about ready to blow

When I get angry, I feel weak
And hear these voices in my head
Telling me to fall beneath
Cause they'll make everything okay
How did I get here?
Everything's unclear
I never meant to cause you pain
Give me a reason I can believe in
I need it all this time
Send me a lifeline

When I get angry, I feel weak
And hear these voices in my head
Telling me to fall beneath
Cause they'll make everything okay
How did I get here?
Everything's unclear
I never meant to cause you pain
Give me a reason I can believe in
I need it all this time
Send me a lifeline

When I get angry, I feel weak
And hear these voices in my head
Telling me to fall beneath
Cause they'll make everything okay
How did I get here?
Everything's unclear
I never meant to cause you pain
Give me a reason I can believe in
I need it all this time
Send me a lifeline


These recent TFK albums address the universal human need to have God breathe through us and to inhale His love so that we can exhale it in turn. Christians do not exist for themselves but rather to breathe in God's grace, hope and truth so that they can then go out and exhale into their surrounding community.

This is a great song that stirs my heart and increases my convictions to grow closer to God during my worship and devotional time. This song is all about trusting in God and confessing to Him and others when you fail or have struggles. Lay those at the feet of Jesus, and He'll take them from you and release you from that burden. God wants to hear from you. What I love about this song is that it includes a testimony of submission to the Lord that we can all pray about our personal struggles. Our weaknesses are nothing to hide. In fact, because of our weaknesses God's grace and strength are perfectly revealed.

"Lifeline" is a faith statement. Righteousness was accredited to Abraham for his faith. We need to have the faith that the Bible describes in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." If we learn to build our lives on Scripture, we would all have a Rock as our foundation as we navigate our lives. In our moments of need, we can pray this same prayer and know that God will answer us and send us a lifeline in the Person of Jesus: "Heaven help me, it's overwhelming. Give me a reason I can believe in, I need it all this time, send me a lifeline." 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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