Based in Edmond, Oklahoma. Life.Church Worship released Sing As One and has debuted 16 live worship videos. The compelling visual experience of these videos demonstrates the group's heart for worship and encourages all to join in and give praise to God.
A theme that weaves throughout their albums is about remembering our identity of who we are in Christ. I spoke with Cassidy Estevez, Switch member and Ministry Leader of Worship Arts at Life.Church about their catchy and upbeat new song "Thank You."
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
Joy is the weapon. Thank You is the battle cry. That's the concept brought to the write that sparked this song. Gratitude changes what we see in the world around us. When we look at how God's moved in the past and how He's moving now, we're reminded of His sovereignty in every situation. He has already overcome the world! Therefore, we have a confident hope of salvation. That changes our focus from fear and concern to thanks and praise. This song is a response to that perspective. It's an anthem declaring that in every season, "All I wanna do is thank You!"
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."
Psalm 37:4-6 (NKJV): "Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday."
Psalm 55:18 (NIV): "He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me."
Psalm 9:10 (NKJV): "And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."
Psalm 46:1 (NIV): "The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."
Psalm 119:114 (NKJV): "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word."
Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV): "The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth, and even forevermore."
Romans 8:31 (NKJV): "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:37 (NKJV): "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV): "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV): But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
What is the takeaway message?
With these songs, we're creating more than just words to sing. We're pressing into what really matters: worship that draws us closer to the Father, aligns our hearts with His, and reminds us of our desperate need for Him every day.
When we wrote this album, we wanted to create more than just words for people to sing. We hope this album helps people press into what really matters--worship that draws us closer to the Father, aligns our hearts with His, and reminds us of our desperate need for Him every day. There was so much energy in the room from the overflow of God's Spirit and our desire to see Him move, and we're excited to share these videos because we think that spirit is evident in each one.
If faith is the substance of things unseen
My hope will rise in the mystery
And I'll sing
When I am faced with the enemy's lies
Or in the shadow of every giant
I say thanks for the things You're doing
I say thanks for the things You've done
I say thanks for the ways You're moving
I say thanks before the battle's won
And I will praise You in the middle of the storm
Cause You've been faithful every time before
So all I wanna do is thank You
I've been pressed, but I'm never crushed
I've been wounded but I won't give up
In every high and every low·
I won't forget where my help comes from
And I'll sing
Sickness can't stop Your praise
Depression can't take this song from me
Fear will never drain these lungs
Praise is still rising up
Pain won't slow this down
Panic can't take this peace from me
Nothing can stop us now
Praise is still pouring out
I'm convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song. The Bible says to trust what God says about us, no matter how we feel about ourselves. With many areas in our lives, we spend a lot of time worrying, as well as living in fear and anxiety.
"Thank You" is a daily prayer, asking God to come and change our hearts and lives. Only Jesus can give us our identity. What a powerful expression of what it means to accept that God never leaves or forsakes us. He's all we need. I sing this song to God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. All of us can relate to these words in some way: "When I am faced with the enemy's lies/Or in the shadow of every giant/I'll sing/I say thanks for the things You're doing/I say thanks for the things You've done/I say thanks for the ways You're moving/I say thanks before the battle's won."
Cassidy writes and sings her breath, given to her by God, into anointed new songs for the church. You'll be blessed by this powerful song--it's a standout anthem with a convicting declaration. The song's message challenges us to think about our doubts. It challenges us to examine how Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection and to remember that He has overcome death and fear. If you've put all your hope and trust in Jesus, nothing can separate you from His love.
We can all celebrate the truth behind this song. We can face our daily battles with more courage and strength because we know that whatever the outcome, based on His promise in Romans 8:28, "God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Spend time with God and let Him redeem and restore you. We are not at the end of our story. God's still writing our stories of redemption. God wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what He's started in all of us who have put our hope and trust in Jesus for salvation.
You can rest upon the wise words in Romans 8:31: "If our God is for us, who can stand against us?" Nothing can separate us from His love. For the Son has risen, and sin and death are conquered. As His children, we can all rest in the knowledge that we can fully trust in our God and lean not on our own understanding.
We are united in our struggles, spiritual warfare, and desire for truth and relationship. The Lord wants us to spend time with Him every day. This song is a great reminder to spend time reading His Word--the Holy Bible--and to have a relationship with Him in prayer. As we prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving, no matter your circumstances, you must remember and have gratitude for your blessings. Pray and sing along, "Sickness can't stop Your praise/Depression can't take this song from me/Fear will never drain these lungs/Praise is still rising up/Pain won't slow this down/Panic can't take this peace from me/Nothing can stop us now/Praise is still pouring out/So all I wanna do is thank You." Amen to that.
NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time Christian music fan and an avid collector. He 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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