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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1120 - Taya "For All My Life"
NRT's Kevin Davis talks to the Hillsong UNITED artist about her recently released song
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1120 - Taya
Posted: May 27, 2022 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Following up her standout worship anthems with Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans,” “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)” and “Another in the Fire,” churches and believers around the world celebrate the release of worship leader TAYA’s solo album, TAYA. Don't miss out on this incredible album by one of my favorite worship leaders, which features the standout songs, “For All My Life,” “All Eyes on You,” and “Getaway.”
 
I’m consistently blessed by TAYA’s anthems, including her staples “Oceans” and “Touch the Sky.” Churches sing her songs at worship services worldwide and put the Word of God into the minds, mouths, and hearts of Christians everywhere. I had the chance to speak with TAYA about her latest song, “For All My Life.”
 

 
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
 
“For All My Life” was the last song written for the record. When I read the lyrics, I realize it’s my testimony put to melody. It’s all about God’s faithfulness, no matter the season—a song I can stake my life upon, and one I will sing for the rest of my life. For me, this song is about what God has done in my life and what this next new season is going to be. 
 
There are many unknowns. Matthew 11:28 says, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light.’” That’s kind of the song’s overarching theme: that we don’t lean on our own understanding, but lean into God.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
 
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG): "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me--watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."
 
Psalm 37:4-5 (NIV): “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this.”
 
Psalm 33:20-22 (MSG): “We’re depending on God; He’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own His holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got—that’s what we’re depending on.”
 
What is the takeaway message?
 
God doesn’t leave us by ourselves to try and figure life out. But if we surrender ourselves, then we’re yoked with Him, which means we’re learning how to walk the way He does—teaching us to walk in the unforced rhythms of grace. 
 
We can quickly fall into the trap of leading our own lives rather than letting God call the shots. When we do this, we can make mistakes and run our lives off the rails in a flash. When we remember to take our hands off the wheel and allow God to take over, we can find peace and joy in the journey of our lives. With God taking the reins, we have a life where every step is a part of a bigger plan for our future.
 
Lyrics
 
When my troubles are a little too heavy
Who can I turn to, to share the weight?
When my mind is cluttered and cloudy
Who can I turn to, to clear the way?
Who can I turn to? I turn to You

I won't lean on my own understanding
I will let go, follow, empty-handed
You say, "Your yoke is easy"
You say, "Your burden's light"
So I'll let You lead me for all my life

When my past is still trying to haunt me
Who can I turn to, to give me grace?
When my future is a little uncertain
Who can I turn to, turn to today?
Who can I turn to? I turn to You

I won't lean on my own understanding
I will let go, follow, empty-handed
You say, "Your yoke is easy"
You say, "Your burden's light"
So I'll let You lead me for all my life
So I'll let You lead me for all my life

Some days are long, some work is tough
Whatever I lack You make it up
Your yoke is easy, Your burden is light
You gave me life, You give me love
Whenever I'm dry You fill my cup
Your yoke is easy, Your burden is light

I won't lean on my own understanding
I will let go, follow, empty-handed
You say, "Your yoke is easy"
You say, "Your burden's light"
So I'll let you lead me for all my life

I know Your yoke is easy
I know Your burden's light
So I'll let you lead me for all my life

 
Closing Thoughts
 
If you’ve always enjoyed Taya’s corporate worship anthems, you’re in for a treat with “For All My Life.” This stirring new worship song sets me in the proper mindset to praise God for loving me so much that He gave His life away for all that was lost. This song is a great way to express joy, thankfulness, and dedication to Him.
 
Many of us struggle with the idea that our past and present mistakes are unforgivable, yet the Bible tells us that isn't true. Read the translation in The Message of Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus tells us: "Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." What an amazing comfort to know that when we struggle with pain, pride, and unloving natures, we can lay it at the feet of Jesus. 
 
This is a great song to sing to our Lord and Savior as a personal prayer of thanks and praise. This song celebrates the freedom we’re promised in God's Holy Word in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 
 
Christians are new creations on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives us new life, and we don't have to live anymore with our guilt, fears, or worries—especially as we face this coronavirus pandemic. Remember we are born again, as children of God. Believing the words of this song is a great way to work on the disciplines of self-examination and prayer. 

Too often we get wrapped up in our circumstances and get down on ourselves with negative thoughts, allowing the devil to define our self-worth. Jesus died on the cross to set us free from the battle of our minds, from sin and death. And He wants us to have abundant life in Him. What a wonderful, encouraging truth.

We all have lies that we believe about ourselves. Also, we have an enemy who doesn't like us. He does have a voice and he does speak to us, but the voice of God's agape love speaks louder. This song encourages us to see ourselves the way God sees us. What a great message of redemption: grace is unmerited favor, and it is a free gift. 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. I love the lyrics, “Some days are long/some work is tough,” and by leaning on His understanding, the lyrics attest, “Whatever I lack/You make it up.” Join in with TAYA in expressing total surrender to God’s plan in the moving chorus—“I won’t lean on/My own/Understanding/I will let go/Follow/Empty-handed/You say Your yoke is easy/You say Your burden’s light/So I’ll let You/Lead me/For all my life.” Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time 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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