BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#980 - "Split the Sea" by Hannah Kerr
Hannah speaks with NRT's Kevin Davis about the inspiration behind her latest single.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #980 -
Posted: July 16, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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"Split the Sea" by Hannah Kerr delivers an overall powerful message of restoration and healing that magnifies how God will continually provide support. And carry us, no matter how desperate the situation or how big the obstacles are. The mission of this great new Christian singer is that she is truly living out a faith journey. Similar to Abraham and Sarah in the Bible, Hannah lives in faith with hopeful expectations. She is following God's leading in her life, without always knowing where she is going next. I love the reflective and reverent feel of her new single, "Split the Sea."
 
She has several songs that have made an impact on the Christian radio chart, with her infectious song, "Your Love Defends Me," also recorded by Matt Maher. I had the chance to speak with Hannah about "Split the Sea."


Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

I wrote "Split the Sea" with Jeff Pardo and Blake Neesmith from Finding Favour. I was really excited to write with them. I told them that I wanted to write a song with a reminder that the Lord can still 'split the sea.' They asked me why I needed to write a song about that. 

I had never struggled with my health before in my life, and for the first time I was dealing with sickness for a couple of months. And nobody could tell me what was wrong with me. It wasn't a huge problem. But, at that moment, I was praying and believing that God would do something; however, I hadn't seen it yet. I needed a reminder that God is still a God of miracles. 

To start, Jeff and Blake asked how I was feeling. My response became the first verse of the song. We talked about Exodus 14 and how God parted the waters of the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through. He's the same God that we worship today, and we believe that His character has not changed. 

I wanted to declare and believe that my God can still part the waters and split the sea for any situation in my life. The three of us got teary-eyed while writing the song because we thought it was something that we all needed to say at different times in our lives.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Exodus 14:13-14 (NLV):  "But Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid! Be strong, and see how the Lord will save you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you. All you have to do is keep still."
 
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV): "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Matthew 17:20-21 (NIV): He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Romans 8:28 (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."

Romans 11:36 (NKJV): "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."

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."

Philippians 4:6 (VOICE): "Don't be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come."

Philippians 4:7 (NKJV): "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV): "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

What is the takeaway message?

This song was written during a time when I needed to be reminded that God is who He says He is. I needed to surrender my situation to Him and know that He can do far more than I can even imagine. 

When we trust in the Lord's plan as the Israelites did in Exodus 14, we just might be able to see Him part the waters in our own lives. He always makes a way for us, and this song is my declaration of that truth. 

When I was writing the song, I was thinking what is the biggest thing I can imagine God doing for me right now. That was splitting the sea. I thought what would that look like in my life. A miracle. I knew that in order to see the miracle, I needed to pray first and believe that He could do it. That's what this song is about. 

This song has ministered to my heart so much and I'm so excited for other people to hear it. Express your belief and know that God will make a way. Have faith that God is who He has always been. I can sing this song in joy because I know that God still does miracles--even in ways we don't know.
 
Lyrics:
Never thought I'd be where I am now
No way through and no way out
Oh, it's hard but I'm still holding on
Even here nothing's too far gone
 
I believe
Every promise that You've spoken
I believe
You are faithful every moment
And it may look impossible
But You're the God of miracles
You have always made a way for me
You can still split the sea
Split the sea
 
With a word the waves will separate
Who You were, You are, You'll never change
Hearts would heal and mountains move
There is nothing that You cannot do
 
I believe
Every promise that You've spoken
I believe
You are faithful every moment
And it may look impossible
But You're the God of miracles
You have always made a way for me
You can still split the sea
You can still split the sea, yeah
 
As I wait upon the shore
Lift my hands up to You, Lord
I believe, I still believe, oh
As I wait upon the shore
Lift my hands up to You, Lord
I believe, I still believe
I believe
 
I believe
Every promise that You've spoken
I believe
You are faithful every moment
And it may look impossible
But You're the God of miracles
You have always made a way for me
You can still split the sea
You can still split the sea


Closing Thoughts

This song reminds me that we need to have the type of faith that Jesus describes in the Bible: "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." 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." 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.'
 
The book of James has many inspirational words about trials. I find comfort in James 1:2-4 (NKJV): "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." Rather than wallow in self-pity and misery, we need to live each day knowing that despite circumstances, God has a plan for "those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We really bring nothing to the table. 
 
Being a Christian means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith requires people to rely on 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. Jesus is the Good News, the miracle that can hold us together when we have struggles. As followers of Jesus, we know that we can trust God's Word. We are all a work in progress. Spend time with God, and let Him redeem and restore you. We are not at the end of our story. God's still writing our stories of redemption. God wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what He has started in all of us who've put all of our hope and trust in Jesus for our salvation.
 
God is bigger than any calamity that we experience in this world. Things don't go as we want or even how we pray for God to work in our lives. By reading the Bible every day, God wants us to have a daily reminder not to be afraid. Without faith, it's impossible to please God. 

Sometimes we have a tendency to think we can try to know everything. God tells us in the Bible that with faith, we can do anything in Christ. The key as a follower of Jesus is to walk by faith and to be guided in your daily walk by prayer and God's infallible Word, the Bible. I sing this song to God with all of my heart and know for a fact, "I believe every promise that, "You've spoken/I believe You are faithful every moment/And it may look impossible/But You're the God of miracles/You have always made a way for me/You can still split the sea." 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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