BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#986 - "Worthy" by Elevation Worship
Elevation Worship's Chris Brown tells the story behind the worship anthem.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #986 -
Posted: August 28, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Since I first heard their song "Give Me Faith," Elevation Worship has blessed me as a worshiper with their church anthems: "Open Up Our Eyes," "O Come to the Altar," "Do it Again," "Here Again," "Here Comes Heaven," and "Resurrecting." The band is the worship team of Elevation Church, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina and led by Pastor Steven Furtick.
 
Elevation Worship's recent live worship album, Hallelujah Here Below, was one of my top 10 worship albums of 2018. The project features melodic, worshipful songs, all focused on singing the truth of God's Word and character into the hearts of listeners. 

Worship is about submission. And our roles as worshippers are really defined on Hallelujah Here Below: to be amazed and in awe of God. If you're looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is full of congregational songs. Try "Won't Stop Now," "Here Again," "Hallelujah Here Below," and "Worthy" to start. I had the chance to speak with Chris Brown, one of the band's male vocalists, about "Worthy."
 
Just a note that Elevation Worship recently released a new album, At Midnight. It features the songs, "With You" and "See a Victory." Like past albums, At Midnight is a moving and prayerful worship experience. 

The band's anointed worship leaders continue to impress me with their mature faith and sincere desire to serve Jesus. They beautifully express their love for Jesus in these compelling songs. The Lord calls us to have joy in Him regardless of our circumstances, which these songs celebrate.

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

The songwriting story isn't exactly devotional material. But it is very interesting how this song started. We wrote it a couple of years ago, and probably about six months prior to that, we were leading worship at church on the weekend.

Pastor Steven is a former worship leader, and a lot of times during our church services, he joins us during worship. I don't remember which song we were singing, but it was a very vertical song (music sung to God) in its meaning and focus. Pastor Steven joined us during the song and he said he was backstage and heard these words and melody come to him and he sang, "worthy is Your name, Jesus/You deserve the praise, worthy is Your name" and he was holding up fingers for which chords to play. We fumbled our way and figured it out along with that chorus. We lived with that chorus. And that's how this song started. It was so beautiful, we knew we had to write a song around that.
 
When we sat down a few months later to write [music] for this album, we realized that "Worthy" spelled out the overall theme of the album very well. The song's verses center around what God has done for us in redeeming us from our past, our shame and our mistakes. The song's bridge, for me, spells out a lot the theme of the whole album: "Be exalted now in the heavens/As Your glory fills this place/You alone deserve our praise/You're the name above all names." Those lines, to me, paint a picture of how worship is always happening in heaven. The chorus itself is taken from the Book of Revelation. 

The worship leader who leads "Worthy" is Ana Sailors and she carries this song on this album. She's really an amazing leader. This is the first album where she leads songs. And, she approaches worship from a place of humility.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

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

Philippians 2:11 (VOICE): "And every tongue will confess "Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord," to the glory of God our Father!"
 
Revelation 4:8 (ESV): "And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"
 
Revelation 5:12 (ESV): "Saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain; To receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"
 
Psalm 63:4 (VOICE): "I will bless You with every breath of my life; I will lift up my hands in praise to Your name."

Psalm 13:5-6 (MSG): "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."

Deuteronomy 4:39 (NIV): "Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other."

Psalm 150:2 (VOICE): "Praise Him for His powerful acts, redeeming His people. Praise Him for His greatness that surpasses our time and understanding."
 
Colossians 3:16 (VOICE): "Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness."
 
Psalm 95:1-3 (KJV): "Come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods."

What is the takeaway message?

"Worthy" is a song based on the Book of Revelation. It is a song of heaven. The beautiful thing about what we have to offer as people here on earth, which the angels around the throne can't actually offer God, is that angels can't make their offering of praise and worship to God from a redeemed place. What we get to offer God in our worship is something unique. The angels didn't need to be saved from something. You and I have been redeemed and forgiven of our sins. We get to bring something unique from us, and offering from a place of knowing what we've been saved from. 

I think "Worthy" has a lot of the gospel story. And, throughout this album the theme is about singing our Hallelujahs down here below from a place of being redeemed by the blood of Jesus. I think this song paints a beautiful picture of that.
 
Lyrics:
It was my cross You bore
So I could live in the freedom You died for
And now my life is Yours
And I will sing of Your goodness forevermore

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name
Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name

And now my shame is gone
I stand amazed in Your love undeniable
Your grace goes on and on
And I will sing of Your goodness forevermore

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name
Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name
Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name
Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name

Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names
Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names
Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names
Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names
Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names
Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You're the name above all names

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name
Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name


Closing Thoughts

Every song released by Elevation Worship completely focuses me, as a listener, on joining in praise, worship and adoration of Jesus. Our true joy comes from our relationship with Jesus. One of the lessons I've seen about life is that we shouldn't wait to fix ourselves before we step out in faith. We need to fully trust God. So,  proclaim this faith statement with confidence: "Worthy is Your name, Jesus; You deserve the praise, Worthy is Your name." What a powerful expression of what it means to accept that God never leaves or forsakes us, as His followers. He is all we need.

Elevation Worship has been called to lead songs for the church in very singable styles, putting these biblical words of awe and reverence of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords into the minds, mouths and hearts of believers. Followers of Jesus can sing every word and agree with the beautiful sentiments of this great song.

When we feel like we are on shaky ground and we are dealing with the uncertainty of our situations, the economy and our world, "Worthy" allows us to dwell on the unshakable nature of God. When all else fades away, He will remain. We all need to remember that we're not able to save ourselves. Only Jesus can give us our true identity.
 
God is worthy of all our praise and adoration. He tells us in the bible that with faith, we can do anything through Christ. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song, filled with biblical truth. 

So many people can relate to the song's message. I was immediately hooked by its emotional and prayerful tone. Jesus is still walking with us now, even in the midst of our troubles and suffering. Take heart and stand amazed.  Be amazed by God's presence. And know that His Holy Spirit is indwelling in each of us who are followers of Jesus. Worshipping God is a reverent act, with an awe and wonder of His greatness. We are called to "serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling" (Psalm 2:11).
 
"Worthy" is a sincere offering of praise back to the Lord. Express your desire to seek His face, and feel His peace and hear His voice. Jesus loves us so much that He came down and took our punishment, so that we can be with Him forever. 

God pours out His mercy despite what we've done. And there's nothing we can do except trust in His son, Jesus. We can't earn heaven; it's only through complete surrender to Jesus and putting our hope in Him that we can be saved. He wants to give us life and never let us go. That's something worth singing about. 

My soul longs for the gathering of the saints, elders, living creatures, and angels in heaven where we will all sing to Jesus: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing" (Revelation 5:12 ESV). 

Until then, sing "Worthy" as a foretaste of eternity, exclaiming "Be exalted now in the heavens/As Your glory fills this place/You alone deserve our praise/You're the name above all names." 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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