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#857 - "Without You" by Robert Pierre
This new song from Robert Pierre captures his newfound vision as a worship leader.

Posted: September 14, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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After six years, 24-year old Robert Pierre has returned with his fourth solo project, Nothing Without You. The album is a worship project reflecting the heart and soul of the worship leader he has become while he was away at college, getting married and serving at a church plant in Florida.

Robert shares, "As I began to serve as the worship leader, my passion was quickly directed to church work. I felt that there was no greater use of my talents than to give them back to the Lord and His church. Whether leading people in lifting high the name of Jesus through worship, or proclaiming His Word without apology, I wanted to use every resources God had given me to serve His church. My heart and my passion became to write songs that the church would proclaim back to the Lord. Having lead worship for eight years, my desire is to help train and equip the local church worship leader to best minister to their congregation." I had the chance to speak with Robert about the title track "Without You."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This has been a six year project. It's exciting for me to get the album out and for people to hear it. When writing music, my heart is always for the people in my church. I'm always thinking about them in my mind and envisioning them singing the words that the Lord has given me to write down. 

Over the past six years, I've grown as a songwriter. When I went to college, I felt the Lord saying it was time, and during that time the Lord grew and developed in me a heart for Him and for our church. I'd say this song is a song that, as we were getting closer to finishing the album, every time I heard it I wanted to worship. I would sing the song with my arms open wide every time. It really is the heartbeat of who I am. I really am nothing without the Lord. 

I remember sitting down and writing this song with some friends, with Mia Fieldes and Jon Guerra, at a songwriting retreat. We were talking about how nothing but the Lord can satisfy us. Thinking of King Solomon, he had everything the world could possibly offer. He had power, the Lord's wisdom, money, possessions, women and everything. Then we get to Ecclesiastes and he says it is all vanity, it's meaningless. It burned him out because at the end of the day only the Lord is going to satisfy us. I remember thinking about Psalm 107:9 as we began to get into the song. It came quickly as we began to think through these verses and talked about power and possessions, pride, but all of that is vanity.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 (NIV): "Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king's successor. There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

Ecclesiastes 8:17 (The Voice): "I saw all the works and ways of God, and it became clear to me that no one is able to grasp fully this mystery called life. Try as we might, we cannot discover what has been done under the sun. Even if the wise claim to know, they really haven't discovered it."

Psalm 107:9 (NKJV): "For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness."

Exodus 33:15 (NKJV): "Then he said to Him, 'If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.'"

Psalm 95:2 (NKJV): "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV): "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

What is the takeaway message?

Like the classic rock song, "all we are is dust in the wind." The Lord is our treasure. He's our reward. Nothing else can satisfy us. That proves we are nothing without Him. When we write music, one of the prayers I have for the songs on this album is that the Holy Spirit would inhabit them. The songs are all for God's glory. It's exciting to see how the Lord uses the song. We want God to use it the way He wants to. Praise be to God. At the end of the day, it's all about Him. 

What better opportunity do we have than to use the gifts we've been given to offer songs of praise back to Him? There's no greater reward than to be able to sing a song to the Lord. It's so exciting. Thinking back to Solomon: it is okay to have possessions, the problem is when they are on the altar of your heart. In Revelation, Jesus says, "you've lost your first love" to one of the churches. If the things we reference in the song are your first love, then that's the problem. In Jeremiah, it talks about how when we trust in the Lord it's like a tree that is firmly planted by the water and the roots will never run dry. When we trust in Jesus, the Living Water will never let us run dry as He flows within us. Things will fail us. We could have all these things, but we are nothing without Jesus.

I could own every star in a thousand skies
I could hold every deed to the mountains high
I could know all the wealth of this world
But I'm nothing God without You

I could stand in the light of the brightest stage
I could hear the applause of unending praise
I could know all the worth of this world
But I'm nothing God without You

You're every treasure, every joy and reward
You're all the beauty that my heart could reach for
That nothing else can satisfy only proves
That I'm nothing God without You
That I'm nothing God without You

I could claim all the power of an army's might
I could think all the thoughts of the sharpest minds
I could know all the wisdom of the world
But I'm nothing God without You
You're every treasure, every reward
All that my heart is reaching for

The whole purpose of my Behind the Song devotional ministry is to praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus, for providing us this opportunity to point people to Him. As Christians, we all must remember that truth. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior, putting aside our own pride in accomplishments and laying all of our sins at the feet of Jesus is more important than record sales or awards. 

The song represents a similar viewpoint to Solomon in writing Ecclesiastes as he looks back on everything God had blessed him with, and although he had riches and what this world defines as success, he recognized that it was all meaningless. He had it all: wealth, prosperity, fame, power and wisdom, but he recognized that material accomplishments meant nothing without God. A lot of the world today is striving for those same "meaningless" things which Solomon compared to "chasing the wind" nine times in Ecclesiastes. 

This song is a beautiful prayer to our King and Savior. There is great comfort in knowing Jesus and being known by Him in every detail of our lives. I am drawn in by the sincerity and humility of this song. Worship is really about submission, and our roles as worshippers are really defined in this song, which is to just be amazed and in awe of the power of the Cross and pray fervently for God's presence. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. 

When I'm watching what's going on around me, I sometimes get caught up in all the hype of the world or get obsessed or depressed about worldly values. We all need to remember that we're not able to save ourselves, only Jesus can give us our true identity. What I love about this song is that it includes the prayerful reminder, "I could know all the wisdom of the world, but I'm nothing God without You." 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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