BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#994 - "Threads" by David Leonard
NRT's Kevin Davis talks to David Leonard, former All Sons & Daughters artist, about his new single.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #994 -
Posted: October 22, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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If you like All Sons & Daughters' previous worship hits, including "Path of Sorrow," "This My Inheritance," "You Hold It All Together," and "I Surrender," then you'll enjoy David Leonard's music. David was one-half of the Grammy Award-nominated duo, who called it quits in 2018. Now, David has released his new solo album, The Wait
 
The soothing musical feel is one of the many attractions to savor about this ambient and introspective worship album. I'm drawn to the songs' lyrical sincerity, gorgeous musical beds, and profound songwriting. 

The Wait tells David's story of wrestling through heartache, depression, confusion, and redemption with his family and with God. This is the most spine-tingling, ambient worship project I've experienced this year. Every song is anointed, spirit-led and emotionally captivating. There is not one weak song. The entire album is a masterpiece.
 
The Wait is one of the top worship albums of the year. Standout songs include "Wanderer," "By My Side," "Know Your Heart," "Come as You Are," and "Threads." David has included each of these songs on his live album, The Wait: Silence the Noise. I'm really engaged by David's distinctive and emotive vocals. And the deep, prayerful and vertical lyrics throughout this album. I had the chance to speak with David about "Threads."



Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Many people have asked me if I’m still recording corporate worship songs; all of these songs are worship songs. The Wait came after the year we took off from All Sons & Daughters. In that year off, I started writing songs for other people. It immediately put my guard down with how I approached songwriting. 

I wasn’t thinking about making an album for myself or songs that I would have to sing thousands of times. I was simply writing songs and being completely honest with who I was. It was one of the first times I’ve ever felt that way writing songs. When I started writing these songs, I had that same freedom and no pressure. Looking back, we realized that these songs were carrying the story of what I was walking through. We realized that we had enough songs for an album. It was a game changer, because I had created these songs from the outpourings of my heart.
 
"Threads" was the last song we wrote for the album. I wrote songs with Andrew Ripp and Ethan Hulse. We would meet for breakfast and talk about life and then come back and write worship songs responding to what we were talking about. In the purest form, these songs are all based on us responding to God. It was beautiful. We came in that day, and we were all struggling with stuff involving our kids, and we were talking through how God is turning us into someone who is different than we are now. This song is about being open to what God wants to do with us.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Jeremiah 29:11 (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."

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."

Romans 8:28 (NKJV): "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Psalm 40:1 (NIV): "I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry."

Isaiah 40:31 (VOICE): "But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run--never winded, never weary. They will walk--never tired, never faint."
 
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."
 
Romans 15:13 (NIV): "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
 
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."
 
Psalm 145:1-3 (VOICE): "I will lift my praise above everything to You, my God and King! I will continually bless Your name forever and always. My praise will never cease—I will praise You every day; I will lift up Your name forever. The Eternal is great and deserves endless praise; His greatness knows no limit, recognizes no boundary. No one can measure or comprehend His magnificence."

What is the takeaway message?

"Threads" includes the beautiful imagery of God pulling the threads of our hearts until they unravel. It's a process; it doesn't happen right away. It's one pull at a time. We continue to be shaped and molded by God. It doesn’t stop, and it continues day by day. 

The beautiful patience of God as He continues to stick with us while we walk through life is one of His greatest gifts to us. We are reminded of God's graciousness and His patience and the things we hold onto and hide behind. 

It's been fun to lead this special song. My hope for The Wait and "Threads" is for them to be a safe place for people to be honest with themselves and God. Dive into truths and be okay with no answers. I hope people listen to these songs and find beauty in their own lives after they connect with the music. And insert themselves into these stories and find their hope from God. In those low moments, God really shapes us and writes His story into our lives. You can carry that with you on your journey.

Lyrics

Tired  of trying to keep it all together
Tired of lies disguising who I really am
There's pain that’s hiding underneath the surface
 
I’m tired of trying to keep it on the inside
But here before Your love
I’m not afraid, oh
 
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
‘Til my heart unravels
Open me up with every breath
'Til the darkness scatters and runs away
I’m ready to fall apart
Fall into Your loving arms
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
'Til my heart unravels into Yours
 
You’re reaching out Your hand
To pull me close again
You see me as I am still You want me
 
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
‘Til my heart unravels
Open me up with every breath
'Til the darkness scatters and runs away
I’m ready to fall apart
Fall into Your loving arms
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
'Til my heart unravels into Yours
 
Here before Your love I'm not afraid
You stitch me back together with Your grace
Here before Your love I'm not afraid
You stitch me back together with Your grace
Here before Your love I'm not afraid
You stitch me back together with Your grace
 
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
‘Til my heart unravels
Open me up with every breath
'Til the darkness scatters and runs away
I’m ready to fall apart
Fall into Your loving arms
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
'Til my heart unravels into Yours
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
‘Til my heart unravels
I’m gonna let You pull the threads
‘Til my heart unravels into Yours
Into Yours


Closing Thoughts

Don't be ashamed to sing of your dependence on God and to show Him reverence. You're not at the end of your story. God's still writing your story of redemption. God wants you to know that He's faithful to complete what He's started in those who've put their hope and trust in Jesus for salvation. 

"Threads" resonates with me, as I realize that Jesus commands me to trust God completely--no matter my circumstances, personal distractions, or concerns. More than just intellectual assent, God wants to be at the center of your heart's desires. We change our minds quickly, but our hearts are more devoted.
 
Two questions sum up the challenges I experience when I listen to this song: "Am I compartmentalizing my life or transcending my realities when I worship the Lord?" or "Am I recognizing that Jesus is my Lord, regardless of how I'm feeling or what I'm going through?" David sings with an amazing passion, with unashamed praise and gratitude to our Savior that is very inspiring and emotionally moving. Each song is poignant and powerful with earnest, worshipful lyrics. While listening to this song, you'll feel like you're eavesdropping on David’s prayer, like his namesake in the Bible.
 
"Threads" is a wonderful song of encouragement and prayer. It will motivate you to ask God to break your pride, live redemption's story, and move closer to Christ. Allow God and His Holy Spirit to change you to be more like Jesus, and move closer to His glory--even if that looks like God unraveling the threads of your heart. 
 
Sometimes people think that worship is something they do at an event, at church, or only through music. Worship should be intelligent. Worship is what we put our "worth-ship" in, not something we do by going through the motions or in a mindless fashion. We're called to "love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength." You can join in and sing along with your breath, given by God, "I'm gonna let You pull the threads/'Til my heart unravels/Open me up with every breath/'Til the darkness scatters and runs away/I'm ready to fall apart/Fall into Your loving arms." 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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