Jeremy Camp's debut album Stay featured songs expressing Jeremy's reliance on God, including "I Still Believe" and "Walk By Faith," which hooked me immediately because they are so personal and biblical. Nearly two decades later, his 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" is his newest single, "Word of Life."
This new song and album represents a perfect blend of what I've always loved about Jeremy Camp's music ministry: every song reflects his personal testimony and his biblical worldview. I've spoken with Jeremy five times over the past nine years for behind the song devotionals, and he consistently sings the Words of Life that we all need to hear. Here's a look back at those conversations.
"There Will Be a Day" Speaking Louder Than Before - Read the devo here
"There Will Be A Day" is my favorite song by this artist. Jeremy has experienced the depth of God's mercy after losing his first wife Melissa to cancer. The song comes from the Scripture found in Revelation 21:4. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Jeremy said: "So I encourage you to hold onto God's promise that He's prepared a place for us that is far greater than any suffering we could ever endure here. Hold on to that hope that one day there will be no more tears, no more sorrow and no more pain. And while we're here, let's share that hope we have in Christ."
"Reckless" Reckless - Read the devo here
Jeremy's song "Reckless" is based on his life passion to live recklessly for God. Camp shares the concept of recklessness through the life of Paul. The song is based on Acts 20:24: "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
Jeremy said: "We need to ask God what He wants us to do. We need to walk into His will in what we're doing. Jesus told us if we want to save our lives, we have to lose it. We need to deny ourselves, and pick up our Cross daily, and lay ourselves down as a living sacrifice. We need to be crucified in Christ, so that we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. When a warrior is under submission to their king, they fight for the king regardless of what will happen. I want to serve my King Jesus wholeheartedly and not be afraid of the consequences."
"He Knows" I Will Follow - Read the devo here
"He Knows" is based on Hebrews 4:15: "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." The bridge has an amazing and comforting reminder: "Every time that you feel forsaken, every time that you feel alone, He is near to the broken hearted, every tear, He knows."
Jeremy said: "We have a High Priest in Jesus who sympathizes with our weaknesses. He was tempted, but did not sin. He was betrayed by His own friend. He walked this Earth and people who were saying "Hosanna in the highest" the week before were saying "Crucify Him" the next week. All these different things, and we know Jesus has compassion for us. It says "Jesus wept" as the shortest verse in the Bible. He came to relate to us. I always go to that place in my relationship with Jesus. No one else can understand what you are going through. You get to the point of realizing that Jesus knows. In Psalm 139, we see that God knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb, and He knows when we are sitting down and standing up. Where can I flee from Your presence? We need to understand that God knows."
"Christ in Me" I Will Follow - Read the devo here
Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances or personal distractions or concerns. The bridge of "Christ in Me" has an amazing and comforting reminder: "In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy, can't see the slaves we are in all the searching, all the grasping." This song is a great celebratory anthem about what it means to have the hope of Christ living inside each of His children. The song is based on Galatians 2:20: "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."
Jeremy said: "We talk about how Christ is everything, but we don't always live it. The song is based on my observations and my desire for God to empty me, because I want the world to see Him. You need God to do that in you because there are so many distractions. Paul said, "I am crucified in Christ, I no longer live but Christ lives in me." Paul was an example of reminding us that we die to ourselves, and our life isn't ours anymore but Christ's. When we realize that, we'll stop consuming and feeling entitled because we'll realize that our lives are laid down at the feet of Jesus. That's my cry in this song."
"Word of Life" The Answer - Read the devo here
"Word of Life" is the lead single from Jeremy's newest album. 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. The song is based on Ephesians 2:1: "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins."
Jeremy said: "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."
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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