Brandon Lake is a GRAMMY® Award-winning artist and songwriter who has released music both on his own and with the praise band Elevation Worship. The artist recently released Help!, his new album that tackles mental health struggles in a battle cry form.
"I believe we need honest songs, but we also need warfare songs to come against those attacks that try and keep us from being everything God wants us to be and from living truly free," Brandon reflects when discussing the album. It certainly is an album of freedom. I highly suggest you listen to the following two songs from the new record.
"Always Holding On"
When the night gets dark
And when the fight gets long
No, I won't lose heart
'Cause You are always holding on
I've been contemplating lyrics more so recently--especially as I continue writing my own. There are so many different paths a songwriter can embark on when they begin their song. And what I like about the process is that there's no secret formula. To narrow it down into the Christian music realm, no one has a perfect template for receiving the Word of God. He's just not predictable like that.
Although it may irritate us to our very core that we can't anticipate how He is going to work, we do know He will always come through. I love the word "always" in this song for that reason. There's no exception to the love of God reaching out to hold each of His children. No one can run too far to be exempt from mercy. Truly, I tell you, He is always holding on.
"Don't You Give Up On Me"
Open your heart, open your hands, open your eyelids
I've got more dreams, I've got more plans, I've got more blessing
This song, sung from the perspective of God, is a melody that truly wraps me up in peace. In my life, I still struggle to grasp the concept that comfort is not synonymous with peace. We could be pushed out of our comfort zone to do God's work and still be completely at peace. This is because it's He who sent us that also saved us.
When I long for this life to be easy, God often reminds me of the sacrifice His son made on the cross purely so I could live with my heavenly Father forever. This world is not my home and never once did He promise it would be an easy one. But through prayer and reflection on lyrics like these, I find myself more peaceful and much more understanding of the fact that my God is with me--even through life's most difficult seasons.
Selena Schulz is NRT’s youngest staff contributor. She loves God, music, reading, and writing.
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