BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#993 - "Run to the Father" by Cody Carnes
NRT's Kevin Davis speaks with worship leader Cody Carnes about the inspiration behind his latest single, "Run to the Father."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #993 -
Posted: October 15, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Passionate about the local church and authentic worship, Cody Carnes believes it is God's desire for everyone to know Him and to experience His love and power. In such a time as this, he believes the local church is the greatest force on the planet and Jesus is the hope of humanity. If you like the worship leaders Phil Wickham, Chris Quilala, Jeremy Riddle and Tim Hughes, you'll enjoy the collection of worshipful songs on Carnes' debut solo album. The Darker The Night / The Brighter The Morning. Cody will already be a familiar voice to many as he previously appeared on Gateway Worship projects, and he has co-written many songs with his wife Kari Jobe.

Our worship should be Christ-centered, and the songs on The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning are all about Jesus. Cody's songs proclaim Jesus' Lordship and matchlessness over the earth and include the standout songs, "The Cross Has the Final Word," and "Til the End of Time." Many of Carnes' songs are about dwelling on our Eternal One, Jesus, and how one day all things will be made new and there will be no more death, sorrow or crying. I think the Church could benefit from more proclamations of the excitement of everlasting life in Heaven. I had the chance to speak with Cody about his latest single, "Run to the Father."

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This song came up unexpectedly in an exciting way. I had a songwriting session with Matt Maher and Rand Jackson back in January and I sat down with them. We were throwing out ideas Ito each other about songs, and no one originally had this idea but I was sitting at the piano and playing chord progressions and singing what was on my heart, as that's how a lot of songs start. One of the first things that came out was the lyric, "run to the Father." That's when we knew what the song was about, and I didn't remember having heard that before. We started writing the song based on that theme and shared with each other what that meant to us. We talked about that moment when we realized we needed God. Rand dropped the lyric, "my heart needs a surgeon, my soul needs a friend," and we were all excited. We were thinking of rhyming lyrics and as I sat at the piano, I started singing, "again and again and again and again," and Matt thought that was a great way to end the chorus. It was a special moment that we got to be a part of.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

2 Corinthians 6:18 (VOICE): "'And I will be for you as a Father, and you will be for Me as sons and daughters,' Says the Lord Almighty!"
 
Matthew 11:28 (NIV): "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

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."

Psalm 40:17 (VOICE): "Meanwhile, I am empty and need so much, but I know the Lord is thinking of me. You are my help; only You can save me, my True God. Please hurry."

Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV): "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."

Lamentations 3:22-23 (VOICE): "How enduring is God's loyal love; the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion. Here they are, every morning, new! Your faithfulness, God, is as broad as the day."
 
John 14:6 (NIV): Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
 
1 John 3:18 (VOICE): My little children, don't just talk about love as an idea or a theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love.

Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV): "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins."
 
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NJKV): "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height---to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
 
What is the takeaway message?

In writing the song, I thought about family members who don't yet believe in Jesus as their Savior and what a beautiful moment it is when you recognize your need for God. I was thinking about people I love and I am close to and I was thinking about the future of them having that moment of realizing how much they need God as their Savior. We are welcomed by the open arms of the Father. There is always an open door into the welcome invitation of the Father's love. It's available to every person. We accept that invitation when we say 'I need You.' This is an 'I need You' song. It celebrates the grace that never runs out and recognizes the freedom and security that's found in the arms of the Father. I pray this song reveals the love of God for you in a deeper way. The song can be about salvation and also about everyday life. I've been saved for 20 years and I still need to run to the Father every day. I love the "again and again and again and again" part of the song. Wherever you are in your journey, the song is a reminder of how much we need God. It's a daily reminder of our need for God.
 
Lyrics:
I've carried a burden
For too long on my own
I wasn't created
To bear it alone
I hear Your invitation
To let it all go

Yeah I see it now
I'm laying it down
And I know that I need You

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again
Oh, oh, oh

You saw my condition
Had a plan from the start
Your Son for redemption
The price for my heart
And I don't have a context
For that kind of love

I don't understand
I can't comprehend
All I know is I need You

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again
Oh, oh, again and again
And again and again

My heart has been in Your sights
Long before my first breath
Running into Your arms
Is running to life from death
And I feel this rush deep in my chest
Your mercy is calling out
Just as I am You pull me in
And I know I need You now

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again and again and again   


Closing Thoughts

I love how prayers and songs of praise are a communal experience that we can all share. I think the Lord wants us to long for Heaven. When we've been indwelled by the Holy Spirit, we have a personal relationship with the Comforter and a peace that surpasses understanding to know that this fallen world isn't all that we are living for, ultimately. As His sons and daughters, we need to take God's love with us everywhere we go and know that His love goes with us.  I have spent time reflecting on and singing this song to God, and it always gives me comfort.
 
God is speaking to us in His still small voice, and as believers, we need to take time to "be still and know that He is God." Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life? Are you spending time listening to Him? He'll make you free. God wants to hear from you. With everything going on in our world, we need the encouragement that God is with us and we're not alone. There is no day, no hour of the day, in which our Lord Jesus is not present.
 
I am wrecked by songs that are sung to God, our perfect Daddy, "Abba Father," and based on the biblical truth: "Be still, and know that I Am God" (Psalm 46:10). That passage is such an encouraging reminder of God's sovereignty and that He has been, is and always will be with us. If God is with us, we can endure anything. This song allows God to whisper to you that your identity is found in who He is as your Father and who you are as His child, loved by Him.
 
This song is a beautiful way to express our devotion and gives me hope and inspiration as one of God's children. You can sing this song with that same faithfulness, knowing that God loves us and is always with us. The song connects to the biblical Truth found in Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." God loves you so much. Lean on Him and He'll give you strength.
 
We sometimes put up a wall between us and God and He just wants us to come home to Him. Many of us feel that we're not worthy of being near God and that He's using a checklist to determine our worthiness. That's not the Gospel.  The Good News of the Gospel which this song perfectly portrays it is that God accepts us no matter what we've done.  As the song says, "I run to the Father, I fall into grace, I'm done with the hiding, No reason to wait, And my heart found a surgeon, My soul found a friend, So I'll run to the Father, Again and again, and again and again." What a wonderful, encouraging truth. 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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