BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#913 - "Safe" by Alisa Turner
Alisa Turner finds true security and safety in God with this song from her upcoming debut album.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #913 -
Posted: April 19, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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New Integrity Music worship artist Alisa Turner has suffered with a debilitating illness since childhood. Alisa was only 20 years old when she lost her father to a sudden heart attack, and afterwards she was bedridden for years with Lyme disease. We were introduced to her music ministry last year with her standout song "My Prayer For You."

As a follow-up to her debut, Alisa Turner EP, Alisa is releasing her full-length album Miracle or Not on May 11. Turner shares, "My life and my story are messy, there are days when all I can do is keep lifting up my hands in desperation and in worship. I know the hard parts of life well and I can see and sense when someone else is going through it. The best way I know to lead is by example. So, I just worship. That's all I know to do." I had the chance to speak with Alisa about "Safe."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

The majority of the songs that I sing, I get to be part of writing. A lot of my songs come from my story, and that's definitely the case with this song. I was writing a song with Michael Farren and Tony Wood, and we were writing a totally different song. Michael asked me a question: "When you think about the Lord, what's the first word that you think of?" I said, "Safe." There are many things I think about the Lord, but at that point in my life, I was seeking much refuge in Him. 

I've battled Lyme disease for a long time. I was bed-ridden for many years. I had to have people take care of me, and I was disabled and on feeding tubes. I've made tremendous gains in healing from that, but there are still symptoms and infections in my body. I've been dealing with bone pain a lot, and I was running on the adrenaline of being on the road and singing songs. Once I got home, my body crashed, and the pain became absolutely unbearable. I became desperate. 

A lot of times, in that situation I'll run to community and friends and stay close to the Lord, but it got incredibly bad for me. In all honesty, I sat in a bar and drank every night for about a month to deaden the pain. It was the only think I felt I could do to get temporary relief. It created a massive amount of destruction, and it did nothing for me. I knew better. I knew it wouldn't help me, but pain had driven me to a desperate place. It was really the grace of Jesus that got me out of that time. I got sicker from doing that. It was bad. It wasn't right, and it wasn't helping, so I stopped. 

I had that songwriting session right after that experience, and this was the song we wrote from talking about that month of my life where I was in that downward spiral. I didn't know how to handle it, and I stayed as close to the Lord as I could. That never changed. It's been a hard journey, and He hasn't healed me in the way I prayed for. But when I stepped out of the intensity of that moment, I can tell you that I've felt His relief and comfort and how He's pulled me through everything with an overwhelming amount of grace and mercy. That's the story behind this song. It's deeply personal.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

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

Proverbs 18:10 (MSG): "God's name is a place of protection--good people can run there and be safe."

Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV): "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Psalm 46:1 (NIV): "The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV): "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Psalm 119:114 (NKJV): "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word."

Romans 5:3-5 (MSG): "There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary--we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"

Romans 8:37 (NLT): "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."

Hebrews 11:40 (NIV): "God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect."

Matthew 8:25-27 (NKJV): "Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

What is the takeaway message?

A Scripture that came to mind as we were writing the song was Psalm 91. God is your safety net in life. The Lord doesn't always come in our times of difficulty or change our circumstances, but He can change you, change you from within. That really affects how you endure and survive those difficult times. He's always the place that you can run to. He will keep you safe and watched over. I have to remember that He's not just God Most High watching over us, He's also down here going with you, and He always has your back. 

I hope this song is a reminder to people that you're not alone. It takes faith and courage to truly believe it. You can hear truth, but it takes a step of faith to walk in that truth.  You can always run to Him no matter how bad it looks or what kind of mess you've made. That's my story. He's going to welcome you with open arms and guide you through it.

Lyrics:
There's a darkness that has tried to swallow me
I haven't seen the light for days
I've been running for so long
Fear racing through my bones
'Til You brought me to this place

Safe, I'm finally safe
I can hide here, I can hide here
Safe, You hold me safe
I'm okay here, I'm okay here
Completely safe

There's no shadow, there's no shame
No need to numb the pain
There's nothing to explain
Only kindness with no boundaries
Mercy that surrounds me
Love that sings my name

Safe, I'm finally safe
I can hide here, I can hide here
Safe, You hold me safe
I'm okay here, I'm okay here
Completely safe

Safe, safe
Safe, I'm forever safe
I can hide here, I can hide here
Safe, gloriously safe
I'm okay here, I'm okay here

There's no shadow, there's no shame
No need to numb the pain
There's nothing to explain
Only kindness with no boundaries
Mercy that surrounds me
Love that sings my name


I personally take a lot of solace in knowing the Truth of Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." I love that every translation of those words of wisdom from Proverbs tells believers to "run" to the name of the Lord. In the midst of any pain you are dealing with, run to Jesus. 

This song 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." When you sing along with this great song, think of Jesus saying "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Have faith, don't be afraid and know that with Jesus, you will never be alone.

Alisa expresses with transparency her walk with the Lord and how she relies on God in the midst of self-doubt, anxiety and health issues. The beauty of the Kingdom of God is that we can confess to one another that we all have these feelings and how we can all read the same Scriptures for comfort. Whatever you are going through, remember that God's grace is bigger than your struggle. As Alisa shared, turning to alcohol or pain medication or any other addictive behavior didn't heal her, but walking closer with God and believing in His promises is what makes her feel safe. That's what God wants to offer all of us as His children. Rather than run to things that can hurt us, we need to run to God.

"God's name is a place of protection. Run there and be safe" is what God's Word tells us. We can call out for Jesus, and He will keep us safe. This is a truth for believers to cling to. We're not supposed to just hope it is true, or turn to the Lord as only our last resort, but daily be washed by the Truth of the Word of God. If we learn to build our lives on Scripture, we would all have a Rock as our foundation as we navigate our lives. We can know for a fact that the words of this song are true: "There's no shadow, there's no shame, no need to numb the pain, there's nothing to explain, only kindness with no boundaries, Mercy that surrounds me, Love that sings my name." 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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