#1052 - "Evidence" by Josh Baldwin
NRT's Kevin Davis talks to the Bethel Music worship singer about his latest single

Posted: January 14, 2021 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Josh Baldwin is one of the Bethel Music worship leaders, previously featured on "Stand in Your Love" from Bethel's Victory album, which was one of my top 10 worship albums of 2019.
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, Josh Baldwin (“The War is Over”), as well as Melissa and Jonathan David Helser. They have introduced churches to many hit songs, such as “One Thing Remains,” “Forever,” “You Make Me Brave,” “No Longer Slaves,” “Seas of Crimson,” and “This is Amazing Grace.”
From my first listen, I was totally worshipping along during Josh Baldwin’s new project Evidence. These songs are a great way to invite listeners into a place of worship. The album is sonically and lyrically refreshing. God is exalted and the depth of His love is celebrated in every single song. This is truly soul-nourishing worship.

The engaging musical arrangements are among the many attractions to savor about this soothing and sincere worship album. I had the chance to speak with Josh Baldwin about his infectious new worship song, the album's title track, “Evidence.”

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This year feels like it’s been two years already. I started writing "Evidence" in February 2019, during the week of the Super Bowl. I wrote the piece with songwriter Ethan Hulse, who I wrote "Stand in Your Love" with. He came to my residence for a visit so that we could write songs together. One morning, "Evidence" came out of wanting to write and sing a song about my history with the Lord—our history with the Lord; it was all based on that word evidence.

We fumbled through different things about how God’s promises are evidence of His goodness. The chorus grabbed me instantly. Sometimes, it’s not until I’ve completed the music that I look back and see the depth and goodness of a song’s message in my own life. This is what happened when I wrote "Evidence." In writing the song, I’m thinking about what the Lord is doing with me. Ethan and I met up with songwriter and producer Ed Cash and finished the song.
Especially, nowadays, with what’s going on in the world, it’s so easy to let fear creep in and let our current situation cloud us into forgetting what the Lord has done for us. "Evidence" speaks to this fact; the song talks about how God has walked beside me through my life. I’ve been thinking of that so much in the last few months.

I know what the world looks like right now, but what do I know about the Lord? Well, I know He’s always been for me. He’s always been with me. He’s always good. And, through that, He’s teaching me how to walk in His victory, and what He’s done for us. For this song, we wanted to make sure we mentioned that God has been faithful in every season of our lives.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

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.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 145:10-12 (VOICE): "All creation will stand in awe of You, O Eternal One. Thanks will pour from the mouths of every one of Your creatures; Your holy people will bless You. They will not be silent; they will talk of the grandeur of Your kingdom and celebrate the wonder of Your power. Until everyone on earth who has ears to hear knows Your valiant acts and the splendor of Your kingdom."
2 Corinthians 13:3 (VOICE): “You asked to see evidence that the power of the Anointed One, the Liberating King, is at work in me. Well, you will see it because He won’t be weak in dealing with you. Instead, He will do great things in you.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV): “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
John 3:11 (VOICE): “I tell you the truth: we speak about the things we know, and we give evidence about the things we have seen, and you choose to reject the truth of our witness.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV): “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
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."

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
What is the takeaway message?

The year we wrote "Evidence" was one of the best years of my life, in 2019. Singing this song at that time was tangible in different ways. This song has had even more meaning for me during this pandemic. It might be a little bit tougher to look around and see the evidence of God’s goodness.

The fact that this song is out during this season isn’t an accident. It’s a reminder to keep my eyes on Him and not on my situation or what is surrounding me now. Don’t be swallowed up by this pandemic or your circumstances. I wake up everyday thankful for my family. The evidence of God’s goodness is endless. We can see His new mercies each day.
Throughout my history with the Lord, I've seen His faithfulness and goodness in my life. But, now I'm finally coming to an even greater understanding of who I am in Him. I didn't come to this understanding until all the songs on the record were complete. But, that's the theme running through it: embracing our identity as a new creation in the Lord and following His heart.

All throughout my history
Your faithfulness has walked beside me
The winter storms made way for spring
In every season, from where I'm standing
I see the evidence of Your goodness
All over my life, all over my life
I see Your promises in fulfillment
All over my life, all over my life
Help me remember when I'm weak
Fear may come but fear will leave
You lead my heart to victory
You are my strength and You always will be
I see the evidence of Your goodness
All over my life, all over my life
I see Your promises in fulfillment
All over my life, all over my life
See the cross, the empty grave
The evidence is endless

All my sin rolled away
Because of You, oh Jesus
See the cross, the empty grave
The evidence is endless
All my sin rolled away
Because of You, oh Jesus
I see the evidence of Your goodness
All over my life, all over my life
I see Your promises in fulfillment
All over my life, all over my life, yeah
I see the evidence of Your goodness (When I wake up in the morning)
All over my life, all over my life (I see Your mercies are new)
(Yeah, You are all around us)
I see Your promises in fulfillment
All over my life, all over my life (Yeah, You are all around us)
So why should I fear? The evidence is here
Why should I fear? Oh, the evidence is here
Closing Thoughts
Clearly, some truths that we can rally behind as believers in Christ together is that God, our Father, sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. And, He rose again and defeated death. We can all say hallelujah and celebrate those truths together while singing along, “See the cross, the empty grave/The evidence is endless/All my sin rolled away/Because of You, oh Jesus.” The enthusiasm and energy of this song is infectious.

The song's message challenges us to think about our own doubts, how Jesus calls us to rely on Him, and the power of His resurrection. The song reminds us that God has overcome death and fear. That's reason to celebrate and gives Christians everywhere the faith to believe and tell the world, “So why should I fear? The evidence is here/Why should I fear? Oh, the evidence is here.”
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. Josh 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. Being a Christian means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith requires people to rely on the unseen. We walk by faith every day. The beauty of walking by faith and not by sight is that we can learn trust God more with our lives.
When you abide in His grace, you won’t be the same. His grace takes away anxiety, guilt, and shame. Know that being His is enough.

This is an incredible song for the church. The song's theme is the heartbeat of every faithful Christian. It's a beautiful picture of our hope in Christ.

The literal meaning of the Hebrew word 'bless' is 'to kneel.' By giving our Lord all that is within us, by blessing God, we become overwhelmed by His love and mercy. Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances, personal distractions, or concerns. The chorus, my heart's cry, has an amazing reminder: “I see the evidence of Your goodness/All over my life, all over my life/I see Your promises in fulfillment/All over my life, all over my life.” 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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