BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1022 - "God of Revival" by Bethel Music
NRT's Kevin Davis talks to singer Jenn Johnson about the band's new single
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1022 -
Posted: June 03, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Bethel Music has introduced and developed several amazing worship leaders, including Brian and Jenn Johnson (“Have it All”), Kalley Heiligenthal (“Ever Be”), Kristene DiMarco (“It is Well”), Paul and Hannah McClure (“Jesus We Love You”), Josh Baldwin (“The War is Over”), as well as Melissa and Jonathan David Helser. They have introduced churches to their songs “One Thing Remains,” "Forever," “You Make Me Brave,” “No Longer Slaves,” “Seas of Crimson,” and "This is Amazing Grace."
 
Bethel's 2019 album, Victory, features 14 original live worship songs, all beautifully produced for Sunday morning, ranking in my top 5 worship albums of the year. The album features “Raise a Hallelujah,” “Goodness of God,” and “Stand in Your Love.” 
 
Bethel's new album, Revival’s in The Air, is now available. Continuing a legacy of spirit-led releases that have shaped the signature sound of Bethel Music and engaged the global church in corporate worship for more than a decade, Revival's in The Air draws its thematic inspiration from the prophetic title cut.
 
If you're looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs, especially “God of Revival,” “Come out of that Grave,” “Egypt,” “Revival’s in the Air,” “I Will Rise,” and “We Praise You.” I had the chance to speak with Jenn Johnson about their infectious worship song, “God of Revival.”
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This is one of my favorite songs that my husband, Brian, has been part of writing. He wrote the song with singer-songwriter Phil Wickham, who is a close friend of ours. Brian and Phil have an amazing partnership when they write songs. Their friendship is so beautiful. They are such a gift to each other. This was such a springboard for them to come together and see what God was saying to them.

One of my favorite parts of the song is in the first verse: “We’ve seen what You can do/The things You’ve done before in greater measure/You will do again.” This is a faith statement of being so thankful for seeing the things that God can do. Waiting in faithful expectation for Him to do what he can do again in greater measure in our own lives, for our families, for the church, for the nation, and for the world.

Miracles and signs and wonders that we believe in, that our Bible is chock-full of. When you sing this song, you're filled with faith in a powerful way.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ephesians 5:14 (NIV): "This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.'"
 
Isaiah 26:8 (NIV): "Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth, we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls."

Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG): "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV): "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and return from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
 
Matthew 19:26 (NIV): Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Mark 16:15-16 (NKJV): "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.'"

Matthew 28:18-20 (VOICE): "Jesus came forward and addressed His beloved disciples. I am here speaking with all the authority of God, who has commanded Me to give you this commission: Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you. And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age."

Acts 1:7-8 (MSG): He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business. What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."

Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV): "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing."
 
What is the takeaway message?

Many people think of revival as a series of meetings in a tent. But, revival is a state of the heart that’s awakening to who God is and His kingdom. I think the bridge is a powerful part of the song and is such a call to action. I’ve been a Christian since I was a young girl. And, I go through seasons of life when I feel on fire, and seasons of life when I feel numb.

I’ve always had a close relationship with the Lord. But, sometimes I feel like my fire is going out. The bridge, "Come awaken Your people/Come awaken this city" is a prayer and a cry. It's a prayer for our families and our cities that God would light the fire in the hearts of people who have walked away from the Lord. It’s a cry to relight the fire for them and it’s such an intercessory moment in the song. When you hear that, you pray it for yourself and everyone that you know.
 
Lyrics

We’ve seen what You can do, oh God of wonders
Your power has no end
The things You've done before in greater measure

You will do again
 
There’s no prison wall You can’t break through
No mountain You can’t move
All things are possible
There’s no broken body You can’t raise
No soul that You can’t save
All things are possible
 
The darkest night
You can light it up
You can light it up
Oh God of revival
Let hope arise

Death is overcome
You’ve already won
Oh God of revival
 
You rose in victory and now You’re seated
Forever on the throne
So why should my heart fear what You defeated
I will trust in You alone
 
Come awaken Your people, come awaken this city
Oh God of revival pour it out, pour it out
Every stronghold will crumble, I hear the chains hit the ground
Oh God of revival pour it out, pour it out
 
Closing Thoughts

One of my favorite things about singing a new song to the Lord is that the idea of worship in heaven is an exciting picture for me. That's the glimpse that we gain from Bethel's new album, Revival's In the Air. A revival is something that God wants you to pray for. He wants you to spread the Good News of the Gospel.

In Mark 16:15, Jesus commands: "Preach the Gospel to every creature." There are no conditions or exceptions in that command. It's more of a lifestyle that Jesus calls us to live as Christians. 
 
Pray along with the song’s lyrics, "Oh God of revival/Let hope arise." Do you feel your heart-stirring for a revival? The source of that stirring is only by the spirit and the Word of God. Once the light of the Holy Spirit is in you, you can show that light to others as you live your daily life. If you're doing everything for God's glory, then you're demonstrating Jesus' love in every encounter that you have with people.

Brian and Phil have written a great anthem that reminds us that overcoming trials will seem impossible. But, with God, all things are possible. The same goes for salvation. We can't earn heaven. It’s only through complete surrender to Jesus and putting all our hope in Him that we can be saved.
 
Sometimes you need to be ignited. Ask God for a fresh filling of His spirit. Pray daily that the Holy Spirit shines the light of Jesus through you. With a fresh filling and singing along with this song, you can have the courage and excitement to live biblically.

If you're having trouble living a biblical lifestyle, this song is a great way to connect with God. "God of Revival" praises the Lord and asks Him to pour out His spirit. This is something that's very important during this coronavirus pandemic, as people search for hope and peace. This song helps set my mind on Christ, to let the distractions of the day melt away, and instead, focus on worshiping the King of kings and Lord of lords.
 
God wants you to have a daily reminder to not be afraid. This is why He wants you to read the Bible daily. "God of Revival" addresses the concept of keeping our eyes wide open and to remember our calling mentioned in Ephesians 5:14: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

One way to live out this song is to be obedient to Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV): "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life."

As you hold out the Word of life, you can sing along “Come awaken Your people, come awaken this city/Oh God of revival pour it out, pour it out/Every stronghold will crumble, I hear the chains hit the ground/Oh God of revival pour it out, pour it out.” 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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