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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#807 - "Resuscitate" by Fireflight
Fireflight's Dawn Michele gives voice to a cry for God's help in the re-imagined take on this song.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #807 -
Posted: March 23, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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After a string of hit songs from their first four albums including "You Decide," "Unbreakable," "For Those Who Wait" and "Stay Close," Fireflight released INNOVA, their first new album in over three years. There is a lot of infectious energy in these great new songs, including "Lightning" and "We Are Alive," as they celebrate their new life as a band and how they are alive in Christ.

They have followed up that project with this year's Re-Imag-Innova EP, with stripped down and reflective musical arrangements of five stand-out songs from their last project. I had the chance to speak with Dawn Michele about the new version of "Resuscitate."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

We set out to create almost a cinematic song, where when you listen to it you almost feel like you are watching a movie behind your eyelids. The song paints kind of a dark picture, and the word "resuscitate" is used in emergency situations. That kind of theme carries over to the song about a person who feels themselves in complete darkness and feels themselves slipping away. 

For us it is figurative and relates to everyday life, for either before you become a Christian or even afterwards, when you are bombarded by things around us in this world which seem to suck us downward and create a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness to the point of not knowing if you have the strength to keep going. This song really is intended to be a cry out for help. Hopefully for those feeling this way in their own lives at this moment, it can be a vehicle for them to cry out to God for help. At the same time, the end of the story is that God does answer our cries. It is encouragement to cry out to God and to know that He is going to answer.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 69: 1-3 (NKJV): "Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God."

Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE): "Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it's happening now, even as I speak, and you're about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none."

Jeremiah 33:3 (VOICE): "Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known."

Psalm 40:17 (VOICE): "Meanwhile, I am empty and need so much, but I know the Lord is thinking of me. You are my help; only You can save me, my True God. Please hurry."

Romans 8:11 (VOICE): "If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you."

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Romans 12:2 (VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Colossians 1:13-14 (NKJV): "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."

Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV): "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."

What is the takeaway message?

The cinematic journey of the song starts from the deepest and darkest point and takes you to the point where you feel God moving in power in your life and coming to your rescue. It's been neat for me, because you spend so much time in making the original album, and once it is done sometimes thinking about how to re-work a song really challenges your imagination. Geoff Duncan is a musical genius, and he had so much insight in working with us to have these songs be reborn. 

In the same way, like when you write a paper in high school or college and you've read it a million times but then someone else comes in and reads it because you can't see it anymore, re-recording these songs opened our eyes to the nuances and the words of the songs. Listening to the songs in a whole new pattern helps you listen to them again, like re-reading a book and finding new messages that you missed. There may be people who listen to this version of the song and connect with it who couldn't connect with the original version. That's very powerful. 

We really are like sheep. We keep on wandering. Every week He saves us from something, and then we panic again.

Lyrics:
Find me in the shadows
Find me in the darkest night
Lost in the battle
Between wrong and right
I feel lifeless
I'm so helpless
Pull me back from the edge

Resuscitate
Bring me back to life
Resuscitate
Look into my eyes

I can see the light, I don't wanna let go
I'm fighting for my soul
Resuscitate
Bringing me back to life

I feel my heart beating
Poundin' inside my chest
I can hear you breathing
You're saving me from death

I feel weightless
I see heaven
Pull me back now
Pull me back from the edge

Resuscitate
Bring me back to life
Resuscitate
Look into my eyes

I can see the light, I don't wanna let go
I'm fighting for my soul
Resuscitate!
Bringing me back to life

Oh
I'm alive
I'm alive
Oh
I'm alive
I'm alive

(I'm a... I'm a...)

Resuscitate
Bring me back to life
Resuscitate
Look into my eyes

I can see the light, I don't wanna let go
I'm fighting for my soul
Resuscitate
Bringing me back to life

Oh (back to life)
I'm alive
I'm alive

Oh (back to life)
I'm alive
I'm alive


We should not be ashamed to sing of our dependence on God and to show Him reverence. What are those things in your life that are beyond you that you can turn over to God? Allow Him and His supernatural ability to take you to places that you can't handle on your own. God's resurrection power from The Holy Spirit, that same power that defeated death and raised Jesus from the grave, is available to followers of Jesus. I love this translation of Romans 8:11 (Voice): "If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you." 

We can all make the choice to ask The Holy Spirit to indwell us with His supernatural ability to overcome what the Enemy wants us to think about ourselves. God knows what we need, and loves and cares for each of us deeply. It's so easy to compare yourself to others and feel like God is blessing someone else with something that you want. We all need to learn that God has us exactly where we're supposed to be in this moment, even when we don't feel good enough. 

We are aware of many situations involving people taking their own lives after dealing with depression. The band's hope is to pass on the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. Allow The Holy Spirit to "cast the light of life into your mortal bodies." If you are struggling with depression, please know with certainty these life-giving words.

It's important as believers that others around us see the light of Jesus reflected in our lives, in our words, actions, behaviors, even our thoughts. That's what Romans 12:2 and this album is about, the patterns that we align ourselves with. Are we conforming to the patterns or molds of the prince of this world? That's darkness. Our enemy seeks to destroy us with those patterns or molds. Or, are we praying for the renewing and transforming of our minds so that we can reflect the light of Jesus in our lives? Sing out, "I can see the light, I don't wanna let go, I'm fighting for my soul. Resuscitate! Bringing me back to life. I'm alive! I'm alive!" Amen to that!

Listen to 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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