BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#971 - "Haven't Seen It Yet" by Danny Gokey
NRT's Kevin Davis talks with Danny Gokey about his passionate hit.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #971 -
Posted: May 15, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Danny Gokey is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and storyteller with chart-topping hits "Hope in Front of Me," "More Than You Think I Am," "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again," "Rise" and "If You Ain't In It." Now, with Haven't Seen It Yet, Gokey opens up his heart more than ever. His new songs ultimately spread the message that even in trials, and what the world considers failure, to remember that God's promises never fail.
 
Waiting on the Lord has been a theme on all of Danny's albums. His faithfulness and commitment to write and sing songs based on his personal experiences makes him one of the most relatable artists I've ever heard. These songs are a welcome companion in my quiet times of reflection and prayer. Gokey's poignant song writing is coupled with his vulnerability as each song urges me to pray more along with him. This album is sure to connect with all listeners who like sincere and catchy songs filled with truth and yearning for God.
 
My wife and I watched the American Idol season featuring Danny, and we immediately connected to his story. We could see that the only way he could get through that ordeal after losing his first wife was to have hope in God to reveal His plans. His new single, "Haven't Seen It Yet," is connecting with listeners for the same reason. I had the chance to speak with Danny in-person before his appearance at Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about "Haven't Seen It Yet."

Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

"Haven't  Seen It Yet" was written for people dealing with disappointment, which often makes people do a lot of things they don't want to do. A lot of people pray and, when their prayers go unanswered, they perceive that nothing has changed. This can create a doorway for the enemy to deceive people. What I've learned in my life, and in a lot of Christian's lives, is that it is easy in the beginning to have passion and trust God no matter what. But, as life goes on, we get set in our ways. The Bible talks about how the enemy is seeking who he can devour. But, that only happens when one opens the doorway of disappointment. The purpose of this song is to reach out to people who feel that God hasn't answered their prayers, because things haven't changed. There are stories in the Bible that display faith in those circumstances, like Joseph and Abraham.
 
I was a widower and now I'm married again. But, there are many who try to escape the pain of losing a spouse by doing bad things like drugs. So this song is for those people, not just widows and widowers, to give them hope. 

If you've been praying for a long time and haven't found the answer, you're going to need to look at all the good things that God has done. What you feel now may not be the truest. But, God isn't finished with you yet. The best is yet to come. "Haven't Seen It Yet" is a song of comfort and a hope. It's a musical reminder that can help push you through the dark times.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT): "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."

Psalm 42:11 (NIV): "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Romans 4:3 (NLT): "For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."

Romans 8:28 (NIV): "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
 
Genesis 15:6 (NLT): "And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith."

James 2:23-24 (NLT): "And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." He was even called the friend of God. So you see we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone."

What is the takeaway message?

The Bible says that Abraham did not grow weak through doubt and unbelief. Doubt and unbelief can weaken you. But, Abraham strengthened himself in faith, giving glory to God, knowing God would do everything He had promised. Abraham was fully persuaded by his faith in God keeping His promises. 

In that moment, when you don't know what's coming next, strengthen yourself in your faith. If you find yourself in the prison of life, in the prison of disappointment, maybe like me, in fear and things that cripple you, quote the word of God. Speak the word of God. 

Find the promises in the word of God, because His word is true. Just like the song says, you're closer than you think you are. All these promises are just up ahead. They're ready for you. You will see the promise of God. Hang onto it. Feeling frustrated and deflated when you take inventory of your life because you're not where you thought you were supposed to be? Take heart. It's not over. You're actually closer than you think you are; He will finish the work He's started in you.
 
Lyrics:
Have you been praying and you still have no answers?
Have you been pouring out your heart for so many years?
Have you been hoping that things would have changed by now?
Have you cried all the faith you have through so many tears?
 
Don't forget the things that He has done before
And remember He can do it all once more
 
It's like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don't ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
You're closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
Maybe you just haven't seen it
 
He had the solution before you had the problem
He sees the best in you when you feel at your worst
So in the questioning don't ever doubt His love for you
‘Cause it's only in His love that you'll find a breakthrough, oh
 
It's like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don't ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
You're closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
Maybe you just haven't seen it
 
He is moving with a love so deep
Hallelujah for the victory
Good things are coming even when we can't see
We can't see it yet, but we believe that
He is moving with a love so deep
Hallelujah for the victory
Good things are coming even when we can't see
We can't see it yet, but we believe that
 
It's like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don't ever lose hope, hold on and believe (Don't ever lose hope)
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
(Just haven't seen it yet)
You're closer than you think you are (Think you are)
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
(You gotta hold on, hold on)
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet (Hold on)
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
(Just haven't seen it yet)


Closing Thoughts

Abraham was called a Friend of God. He chose to not choose, when he allowed the first choice of which way to go to his nephew Lot, who chose by sight. Abraham, on the other hand, chose to walk by faith and not by sight. And, God credited that to him as righteousness. Righteousness comes from faith in the unseen, like Abraham displayed in the Bible.
 
Musically, "Haven't Seen It Yet" has a hopeful feel to it. We share the same daily reminder that we are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or entering into a trial. Hope is the key. We have a blessed hope if we put all of our faith and hope in Jesus. We also know from God's word that we will go through trials. Those moments are meant to remind us to not trust in ourselves, but to trust in Him. 

"Haven't Seen It Yet" strikes me in a deep and convicting way with the truth of how God calls all of us to "walk by faith, and not by sight." Like Danny, I'm clinging to the Bible's promise in Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him; [those] who have been called according to His purpose."
 
There is an autobiographical component that makes Danny's story of finding "better days ahead" truly inspirational. As Danny shared, "Hope is something that you possess in your heart instead of the physical realm." David in Psalm 42:11 understood that, and that's why God calls him a "man after God's own heart." The Bible and songs like this are meant to be encouragement to know that there is always hope ahead.
 
Most of all, we need to remember that God is the source of all hope, and it doesn't come from anything we do. We need to believe. Jesus said in John 20:29, "Blessed are those that have not seen and still believe." This song is a wonderful reminder for the believer that being a Christian means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith requires people to rely on faith in the unseen. We all walk by faith every day. The beauty of walking by faith and not by sight is that we can learn to more fully trust God with our lives. The key, as a follower of Jesus, is to walk by faith and to be guided in the daily walk by prayer and God's infallible word, the Bible.
 
"Haven't Seen It Yet" reminds me that we need to have that type of faith that Jesus describes in the Bible: "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Being a Christian means that you walk by faith, not by sight. Remember the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." This song encourages me to have crazy faith. Step out and exclaim, "Good things are coming even when we can't see, we can't see it yet, but we believe that." Amen to that.

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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