Jeremy Camp has serenaded his fans for years with his hit songs, “Reckless,”“He Knows,”“Word of Life,” and “Dead Man Walking.” Recently, the singer paired with his wife, Adrienne, to release The Worship ProjectEP. The EP, in itself, has a cohesiveness and spiritual maturity that I can hear in every song. Each tune has a catchy and engaging style and worshipful message. The song “Whatever May Come” is a great listen. If you like Jeremy’s previous hit songs of worship like “There will be a Day,”“Jesus Saves,” and “Christ in Me,” then you’ll enjoy this Jeremy and Adrienne's first worship project together.
“Whatever May Come” is one of my favorite songs of the year. It represents a perfect blend of what I’ve always loved about Jeremy Camp’s music ministry: every song reflects his personal testimony, as well as his biblical worldview. I had the great opportunity to speak with Jeremy and Adrienne about “Whatever May Come.”
Please share the personal story behind the song.
Jeremy: As Adrienne knows, it was a very difficult weekend before I wrote this song. For two years, I was working on a movie, I Still Believe. We woke up one morning and they told us that our tour was canceled. And, on the opening weekend of the movie’s release, they closed movie theaters. To be honest, it was devastating.
For two years we had poured blood, sweat, and tears into this movie, waiting for it to come out, preparing for our tour. And, it was all shut down. I remember being in my house, just laying in bed that weekend, so down and depressed. I thought, "What just happened?" It was a shock to my system.
The next Monday morning, God spoke to my heart and told me to "pick up my guitar." I’ve heard that call before. And, whenever I hear that He won’t let me fight it. He keeps pushing me until I write a song.
I felt something brewing in my heart. I went upstairs and this song just started coming out of me. It was me processing this situation that didn’t make sense. It was confusing. And, these words of this song are my way of processing that moment.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Romans 8:31(NKJV): "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:38-39(NKJV): "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Joshua 24:15(NIV): "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
2 Chronicles 32:7 (NKJV): "Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him."
Psalm 20:5 (NLT): “May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.”
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."
Hebrews 11:8(VOICE): "By faith Abraham heard God's call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance; and he obeyed, not knowing where God's call would take him."
Matthew 6:33-34(NKJV): "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
What is the takeaway message?
Jeremy: Whatever happens, His love, who He is, and His goodness overcomes everything. God wants us to cry out to Him. He will be our help in times of need. The chorus says: “I will call upon You/Whatever I face/You are with me/I will fall/I will fall on my knees/For every heartbreak/You will hold me.”
It really was my release moment. I showed Adrienne the song, and she helped me write the bridge. I then asked Adrienne if she wanted to sing this song with me and post it on Facebook. The goal was not to release something new, but, instead, use music as a way to address people when I didn’t have the words to say how I was feeling.
We realized people were hungry for encouragement. God poured out that song through us in a very timely manner. “Whatever May Come” catapulted the idea of Adrienne and I writing an album of songs together. It was something laid on our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
When David wrote the Psalms, he would share his difficulties. He would then turn to praise God. This song is me coming to grips with facing a hard time. When we run to the Lord, there’s a boldness and focus on knowing where your help comes from.
Adrienne: Jeremy and I recently said that no matter what we face in our lives and in our trials, we don’t always have the answers for everything. But, the most important thing is that we run to the Father. We need to always go to Him. We don’t know what's ahead. We don’t always know what's going to happen. This allows the Lord to do a deep work in our hearts. He wants to make sure that we run to Him instead of our circumstances. He is our source of peace. Even if Jeremy and I were too dependent on each other, that would fall short. We need to run to God and pour out our hearts before Him.
The banner that we're lifting is for a heavenly kingdom. Our home is in heaven. To look around and think we are going to find our peace around us is a false hope. We need to look to the Lord and have His kingdom be established in our lives.
Whatever I face Whatever the fear Whatever the cost You always draw near
Whatever the pain Whatever may come Whatever may fall Your love overcomes
I will call
I will call upon You Whatever I face You are with me
I will fall I will fall on my knees For every heartbreak You will hold me
Every wall will break All the darkness shake All the joy will be renewed
Every knee let’s bow Raise a victory shout For the King will make things new
Every mountain move Every lie be loose For Your banner we’re lifting high
For neither depth or height
Nor any life Could ever cast Your love aside
The Worship Project EP is a solid new collection of scripture-based songs and declaration-style anthems designed to inspire listeners to fight the good fight of faith. "Whatever May Come" articulates what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world.
The song's message is that, as believers, we're living out a faith journey. And, like Abraham and Sarah, we're living in faith with hopeful expectations. Jeremy is following God's leading in his life. And, he's traveling from place to place, without always knowing where he's going next.
Abraham was called a "friend of God." He chose to not choose when he allowed his nephew, Lot, to choose which way to go. And, Lot chose by sight. Abraham chose to walk by faith, and not by sight. God credited that to him, as righteousness. Righteousness comes from faith in the unseen like Abraham displayed in the Bible.
The song's lyrics are a daily prayer you could sing and pray, asking God to come and change your heart and your life in such a way that your behavior and the way you live flows from Him.
I pray to God every morning to inhabit me with the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, and self-control. If you've put all your hope and trust in Jesus, there's nothing that can separate you from His love. If you think about the type of faith we're called to have as believers, it is described as the faith of a mustard seed.
"Whatever May Come" really reflects the joy we receive when we don't rely on our own understanding. But, instead, fully submit ourselves to faithfulness and trust in the ability of Jesus to lift us up no matter our circumstances. Remember that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God." As previously mentioned, being a Christian means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith requires us to rely on the unseen. We all walk by faith every day.
The beauty of walking by faith and not by sight is that we can learn to more fully trust God with our lives. God tells us in the Bible that with faith, we can do anything in Christ. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song filled with biblical truth. His love is never-ending, and He is our refuge and our strength.
"Whatever May Come" is a great celebratory anthem about what it means to have hope in Christ. Sometimes it's hard to believe that God loves us so much that He knows us intimately. He wants to fill our hearts with love. He knows our brokenness inside and out. And, because of what Jesus did on the Cross, He sees us as righteous.
God sees us as He sees His Son. It's not our righteousness, or appearance or talent or gifting, it is just Jesus. That gives us cause to celebrate and sing out to Him: “For neither depth nor height/Nor any life/Could ever cast Your love aside.” 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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