BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1029 - "Together" by For KING & COUNTRY
Luke and Joel share the inspiration behind their catchy and convicting new single
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1029 -
Posted: July 22, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Music hitmakers for KING & COUNTRY sings catchy and worshipful songs with lyrics that point to the wonders of our God combined with sweeping melodies and infectious choruses that will be replayed in your mind over and over. There is nothing cliché or false in anything this group does.

It’s important as believers that others around us see light reflected in our lives: in our words, actions, behaviors, and even our thoughts. That’s what Romans 12:2 is all about, encouraging us to “burn the ships” of our past mistakes that we often align ourselves with. Don’t conform to the patterns of this world. That’s darkness. Our enemy seeks to destroy us with darkness. Instead, choose joy.

One of my 
top albums of 2018 was for KING & COUNTRY's album Burn The Ships, which features the hits "joy." and "God Only Knows." I've interviewed brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone about some of their previous hits--"The Proof of Your Love," "Hope is What We Crave," and "Shoulders"--for my Behind the Song devotional series. For this one, I spoke with Luke and Joel about their catchy and convicting song, “Together.”
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Joel: For the rare folks like you who have been with us from the beginning, that lyric “this is for the busted heart,” is a connection back to our first single, “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me).” And, you are the first person who has interviewed us who has caught that connection in our latest single, "Together."
 
Luke: Our first attempt to write this song was about two years ago for our album Burn the Ships. Joel was in Los Angeles and we were writing the song together virtually. I was taking a drive with my kids to pick up dinner for the family and thought my phone was on mute. And I said to my kids, “You’re in this life together. You’re going to outlive mom and dad and, like brothers, you need to figure out how to make it through together.”

One of the guys we were writing with heard that exchange and said we should write a song about togetherness. We got it partly written and then abandoned the song. We picked it up again last year and found ourselves doing shows in Canada when the pandemic hit the world and we were in Toronto for what we knew would be our last show for a while.

They told us they were shutting down the tour. I walked off the stage and told Joel that I think there was a reason why we were supposed to release this song at this time. God’s providence was in the fact that this song is for today and it’s for the things we're going through not only as Americans but around the world. I’m grateful for God’s timing in releasing this song.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

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 John 3:1 (NKJV): "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."

1 John 3:16 (NIV): "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

1 John 4:7 (NIV): "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."

1 John 4:21 (NIV): "And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister."

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."

Romans 12:2 (VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."
 
What is the takeaway message?

Joel: "Together" means something specific for Luke, as a father. It’s come to mean something more as the song has progressed. Before, it didn’t have Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly, or the gospel choirs. Frankly, the song didn’t have a home as it didn’t make it on Burn the Ships. We are relatively new American citizens, and we weren’t sure if the song was for the upcoming election season.

The beauty of writing songs as an artist is if you stay in it long enough, you make yourself available to the creative process. And, God will guide your steps. Up until we walked off that stage in Canada in March, we couldn’t have known what this song could mean for this season.

Layering on the physical isolation and now racial unrest, in a time where this virus is not isolated to one people group or country or social class, this song has become the great equalizer. It's helping us all reconsider this beautiful concept that we all bleed the same blood.

And if we are able to unite and support--be a neighbor to someone, serve someone, reach out to someone--how might those acts of kindness change the scope of our futures, together? This song has taken many shapes and forms. Today, the song represents the question of when everything is pushing against togetherness, what does it mean in the middle of that to aggressively choose togetherness? We ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
 
Lyrics

This is for the busted heart
This is for the question marks
This is for the outcast soul
Lost control, no one knows
 
Sing it for the can’t go back
Sing it for the broken past
Sing it for the just found out
Life is now upside down
 
If you’re looking for hope tonight
Raise your hand
If you’re feeling alone
And don’t understand
If you’re fighting
In the fight of your life
Then stand
We’re gonna make it through this
Hand in hand
 
If we fall
We will fall together, together
 
This is for the second chance
This is for the new romance
Sing it for the loved in vain
Overcame, it’s not too late
 
If you’re looking for hope tonight
Raise your hand
If you’re feeling alone
And don’t understand
If you’re fighting
In the fight of your life
Then stand
We’re gonna make it through this
Hand in hand
 
If we fall
We will fall together, together
When we rise
We will rise together, together, oh
We will rise together
 
Listen
If you’re looking for hope tonight
And you’re all alone
If you’re feeling alone tonight
Can you feel
If you’re in the fight of your life
I can promise
We’re gonna make it hand in hand
 
I will be by your side
By your side
Cause love is in the air tonight
Can you feel it
Come up and see the light
Whenever and wherever
Just as long as we’re together, say
 
If we fall
We will fall together
I got you my brother, together
I see you my sister
When we rise
We will rise together, together
Help me say
 
If we fall
We will fall together
Take my hand, together
Help me stand
When we rise
We will rise together, together
 
Together we are dangerous
Together with our differences
Together we are bolder
Braver, stronger
 
Closing Thoughts
 
So often, even as Christians, we think by avoiding conflict and passively avoiding people in general means that we're following God's commands. However, we are called to actively love one another.

There is a lot of great biblical truth throughout this catchy song. I've been consistently challenged by songs that include messages about living out the "golden rule," found throughout the Bible.

Leviticus 19:18: "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."

Matthew 7:12: "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Luke 6:31: "And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise."
 
God promises us in Matthew 11:29-30 that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. God comes and claims us in our darkest place. When we are in communion with God, it is joyful and not a burden. God has not forgotten you. He is closer than you could ever imagine, He is still the same today as yesterday.

Know the words of Romans 8:28: all things work together for good to them that love God. If you’ve put all your hope and trust in Jesus to save you from yourself, know it as fact. During our conversation about "Together" and its profound message, Joel, Luke and I talked about how we're commanded to love others by Jesus. This song challenges me to think about how well I am loving others. 1 John 4:19 says, "We love because He first loved us."
 
The song is an amazing reminder of how we're called to be a light for Jesus, every day without complaining or arguing. Following Christ isn't something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are. As you listen to this great song by for KING & COUNTRY, think about how well you are loving others and know that Jesus loves you and wants us to glorify Him. Join in and sing along, “Together we are dangerous/Together with our differences/Together we are bolder/Braver, stronger.” 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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