#864 - "Word of Life" by Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp digs into the deeper meaning behind this upbeat single from his new album 'The Answer.'

Posted: October 10, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Jeremy Camp's newest album The Answer has a cohesiveness and spiritual maturity that I can hear in every song. Following up his string of hit songs "He Knows," "Christ in Me" and "Same Power" comes his newest single "Word of Life." If you like Jeremy's previous hit songs of worship like "There Will be a Day," "Jesus Saves" and "Overcome," then you'll also enjoy this song and album.

"Word of Life" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Every song on this great new album has a catchy and engaging style and worshipful message. This new song and album represents a perfect blend of what I've always loved about Jeremy Camp's music ministry, with every song reflecting his personal testimony and his biblical worldview. 

"I can't wait for everyone to hear these songs," shares Camp about the new album. "After all these years, it's amazing how the well to draw from never runs dry, when we rely on Him. The Lord continues to give deeper and deeper songs that speak to different seasons of life. With this new album, we're doing some things we've never done before. I'm releasing five songs with five different music videos for each song, before the album even comes out. And I'm definitely ready to play these songs live." I had the great opportunity to speak with Jeremy about "Word of Life."

Please share the personal story behind the song.

As I've gotten older, I've gone back to the basics of the joy of my salvation, thinking about Scripture like "return to me the joy of my salvation." I've been thinking about Scriptures that talk about how "we were once dead in our trespasses, but we've been made alive in Christ." 

When you walk with the Lord and watch people's transformation as they've been walking with Him, there's an excitement of thinking about having the joy of someone who was literally dead, spiritually, and that God looked at them like He looked at Lazarus and called them forth out of the grave. If you're dead, you are in a grave. Just like He physically called Lazarus out of the grave, He called us spiritually out the grave. For me, the concept of that had me thinking about how to express that in this song: "You called me out of the grave...there's a new song in my soul and it begins when I breathe in Your Word of life." 

That took me to the Scripture where Jesus was talking to His disciples and telling them that if they wanted to follow after Him, they needed to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. A lot of the disciples said that was too difficult for them to understand, and instead of loving Him and following Him, a lot of them left because it didn't make sense and they didn't like what He was saying and it sounded difficult. Jesus looked at Peter and He said, "What about you? Are you going to leave too?" Peter said, "Where else are we going to go? You have the words of eternal life." Peter was taken out of his place of having nothing and no hope, and given the hope of having His Redeemer and Messiah. He understood that Jesus gave him the Word of life. That's what this song is about.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV): "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins."

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV): "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Philippians 1:21 (NKJV): "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

Romans 6:6 (NKJV): "Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin."

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."

Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV): "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

What is the takeaway message?

A lot of us have agendas in our lives and we have plans, and we need to really be led by the Spirit. What does that mean? It means to take time to be aware that God's Spirit is within you, and He wants to lead and direct your thoughts and what you say to people. When we call it "walking with the Lord," we are walking with Him constantly. When things get tough, things get hard, our first initial reaction is to say "I don't know if I can handle this." And I can just tell you there is nowhere else to run. You can run to the world and turn your back on the Lord, but that's where all the problems are. But Jesus, He offers peace, hope, joy...He offers the words of eternal life. 

I want to encourage you to stick to the only true source of life, and that's Jesus, because He gives us all that we need. When you are in that place of knowing that Jesus is the source of all that we need, there's a joy, and you can sing, "You called me out from the grave, so I can live like I've been changed." It is a deeper song than people may realize because it is upbeat. There's life in this. When you've been saved and brought out of that pit of despair, like Peter, where else are you going to go? He's the One who gave us life.

Word of life
Speak to my weary heart
Strengthen my broken parts
Lead me to Your open arms
Word of truth
Illuminate all these lies
The enemy speaks inside
In freedom I will rise

'Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I've been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life
Your word of life

Spirit of God
Take me to a deeper place
Take me out of what is safe
I will not be afraid
Spirit of God
Fill me with joy again
Springing up from within
It cannot be contained

'Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I've been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life

The old has gone away
Only Your love remains
I am alive today
'Cause You called me out
You called me out, ooh

'Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I've been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life
Your word of life

The old has gone away
Only Your love remains
I am alive today
'Cause You called me out

This is a solid brand new collection of Scripture-based songs and declaration-style anthems designed to inspire listeners to fight the good fight of faith. "Word of Life" articulates what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world. The takeaway is that this is not something we can do on our own, and we're not going to always succeed in these areas and be encouraged all the time, but know that "we should no longer be slaves of sin" (Romans 6:6). 

God keeps bringing the Truth of His resurrection power of His Holy Spirit residing in believers to my attention as expressed in Romans 8:11. That's the beauty of His Word, it doesn't return void, and it provides a constant source of comfort, guidance and truth of how to us draw closer to Him and live for Him. Allow The Holy Spirit to "cast the light of life into your mortal bodies."

These words are a daily prayer you could sing and pray, asking God to come and change our hearts and change our lives in such a way that our behavior and the way we live flows from God living inside of us as believers and "live like I've been changed." My daily prayer that I pray to God every morning is to inhabit me with the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, and self-control." This song really reflects the joy we receive when we don't rely on our own understanding, but instead fully submit ourselves to faithfulness and trust in the ability of Jesus to lift us up no matter our circumstances. Remember that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by the every Word of God."

"Word of Life" is a great celebratory anthem about what it means to have hope in Christ. Sometimes it is hard to believe that God loves us so much that He knows us intimately and He wants to fill our hearts with love. He knows our brokenness inside and out, and because of what Jesus did on the Cross, He sees us as righteous. God sees us as He sees His Son. It's not our righteousness or appearance or talent or gifting, it is just Jesus. That's cause to celebrate and sing out to Him: "You called me out from the grave, so I can live like I've been changed, there is a new song in my soul, and it begins when I breathe in Your word of life." Amen to that!

Watch the music 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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