#934 - "Jesus Only You" by London Gatch
Former Elevation Worship artist London Gatch speaks to Kevin Davis about her debut single, "Jesus Only You."

Posted: August 14, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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After several years as a worship leader with Elevation Worship, London Gatch has recently released her debut singles, "Jesus Only You" and "You Never Walk Away." London and her husband, Lance, welcomed a new phase of life—she entered into motherhood and moved back home to Charleston, South Carolina and is now serving at Seacoast Church.

"God has taken me on quite a journey over the last decade of leading worship, and one of the many challenges I've faced is being a female worship leader," London explains. "I feel very strongly that God has given me a voice to empower women around the world to dig deeper in their relationship with Him and to find their strength and confidence in Him alone. The perfect love of Jesus drives out our fear and insecurity. We don't need the approval of man. All we need is the love of Jesus." I had the chance to speak with London about "Jesus Only You."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

“Jesus Only You” was the very first song written in this new chapter of my family's life. Lance and I left Elevation Worship in March, 2017. And, a few months later, we had our baby and we felt the Lord telling us to move back home to Charleston, South Carolina. Our family has experienced a lot of transition and some difficult changes in the last year, but God has been so close to us every step of the way. His faithfulness has been undeniable. A lot happened all at the same time. We felt the Lord was calling us into a new chapter. We were part of growing a ministry that is impacting the world. We felt strongly that we needed to trust the Lord with our whole lives.

All of that transition was complicated emotionally. Lance and I were in a place of crying out to the Lord for healing, help, guidance, strength and peace. “Jesus Only You” was the first song we wrote and we knew the Lord was doing something special while He was taking care of us every single day. This song is my cry of freedom and joy. The title is JOY: Jesus Only You. I had the privilege of writing this song with [songwriters] Jesse Reeves and Aaron Robertson. They both have so much wisdom, and I love how the song turned out. The chorus comes from Psalm 8:1. I love to pray in the morning and ask God to speak to me in those peaceful moments when I first wake up and that’s where the first two lines of the song came from.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 8:1 (NLT): “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.”

Psalm 91:2 (NKJV): "I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Psalm 13:5-6 (The Message): “I've thrown myself headlong into Your arms—I'm celebrating Your rescue. I'm singing at the top of my lungs, I'm so full of answered prayers.”

Psalm 55:22 (NIV): "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."

Psalm 27:8 (NKJV): When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV): "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV): "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG): "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands."

Romans 8:28 (The 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.”

What is the takeaway message?

I have experienced so much healing and peace and my biggest prayer is that the lyrics of this song will give people the same freedom and joy from Jesus that I’ve experienced. This song is a declaration of praise to the only King worthy of our worship and adoration. Jesus has brought us so much healing through these words, and our prayer is that people will experience that same healing power as they worship along with this song. Specifically, I feel that this song is about emotional healing. I know people cry out for physical healing, but, for me, this song is a reminder that we don’t have to experience our circumstances alone. We can call on our God; He is larger than life. The song reminds us that God can make anything in our lives right again. It paints a picture of the beauty and freedom we have in Jesus. We don’t have to be alone facing our pain. Jesus is the only One who can make things right. My biggest prayer is for others to be ministered to by the song the same way I have been.

Only You can make it right again
Only You will make me whole within
No more fear and no more pain
There's freedom in Your name

Only You can hold this heart of mine
Jesus, only You will satisfy
In the storm, You are my peace
Forever I will sing

You are higher than the heavens
There is healing in Your presence
You're the One that I run to
Jesus only You
Jesus only You

When the mountains shake, You are my strength
By Your mercy You have covered me
I'm forgiven, I am free
You are my everything

You are higher than the heavens
There is healing in Your presence
You're the One that I run to
Jesus only You
Jesus only You

Only You
Only You, Jesus

I lift my hands as high as I can raise them
And I will sing as loud as I can sing
So let my praises be my declaration
I worship You and You alone are King
I lift my hands as high as I can raise them
And I will sing as loud as I can sing
So let my praises be my declaration
I worship You and You alone are King

There on the cross, no other love was greater
And I believe it's where You made me new
You are my Rock, my Hope and my Salvation
Hallelujah, Jesus only You
Hallelujah, Jesus only You

Closing Thoughts

In a lot of ways, the song has a psalmist's vulnerability, like David saying, "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Psalm 34:8 (NKJV). The song uses prayer-filled phrasing like “When the mountains shake, You are my strength, By Your mercy You have covered me, I'm forgiven, I am free, You are my everything.” That's a big part of Christian living, praying back to God with thankfulness for what He has given us and remembering to lift up our eyes and our voices to Him who gives all that is good. As Christians, we all have a reason to reflect on God's Holy and Perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus. He died for us, so that in Him we might know God's righteousness.

I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song filled with biblical truth. I was immediately hooked by the emotional and prayerful tone of this song. “Jesus Only You” is a sincere offering of praise back to the Lord and to express our desire to seek His face, feel His peace and hear His voice. Jesus loves us so much He came down and took our punishment so that we can be with Him forever. He wants to give us life and never let us go. What a reason to have comfort in our Savior and know that He's by our side. Worship is about giving God our best, offering all of ourselves to Him. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. According to God's Word in Jeremiah 29:13, we need to search for God with all of our heart, and we will find Him. In our fast-paced society, how often are we dedicating our whole heart to God?

If you think about the type of faith we are called to have as believers, it is described as the faith of a mustard seed, and we are called to "walk by faith and not by sight." This song reminds me to have resolve and be steadfast as a follower of Jesus, remembering to keep our eyes wide open, find ways to serve Him and run and not grow weary. All we need is faith and God will show us what He has planned for us. He's the author of our lives and knows what's best for us, much better than we do. As I listen to this song, I'm challenged to seek God’s face, lifting my eyes to the Lord, and sing: “I lift my hands as high as I can raise them, And I will sing as loud as I can sing, So let my praises be my declaration, I worship You and You alone are King.” Amen to that!

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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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