BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#211 - "As For Me and My House" by John Waller
Old Testament stories are anything but old to John Waller, who tells Kevin Davis the inspiration behind the song.
 


John Waller--the artist who touched the world with the gripping single "While I'm Waiting" from the motion picture "Fireproof"--is back with a brand new collection of Scripture-based songs and declaration-style anthems designed to inspire listeners to fight the good fight of faith.

Waller's eagerly anticipated enhanced album, As For Me and My House, released May 3 through Provident-Integrity distribution. It is his first project since signing with Nashville-based City of Peace Media.

Waller first captured the attention of the Christian music community as frontman for the pop band According to John. But the talented Georgia native laid down his aspirations for a career as a performing artist when he and his wife Josee felt led to move to Colorado to help establish a new church.

Songs that were birthed in Waller during that time opened new doors for the worship leader, and his major label debut, The Blessing, introduced his music to a wider audience.

John Waller has never been an artist who cranked out a new album every year simply to meet the demands of the marketplace. Instead, his songwriting is the natural result of spending time communing with God.

"I didn't think I could write a record in any less than a year or two," Waller muses, "because you really have to walk with the Lord, experiencing life and allowing Him to teach you something."

That time spent walking with God has caused Waller to perceive numerous parallels between the life journey of contemporary believers and those of the ancient Israelites, particularly in the areas of bondage and freedom, spiritual warfare and dominion.

“As For Me And My House” is the great and powerful song from the new album by John Waller. I had the great privilege to speak with John about the title track.

Do you have any personal application regarding your walk as a Christian in the song? Please describe the message behind the song.

I’ve been married for 15 years. We have four kids--two sons who are 13 and 2, and two girls who are 9 and 5 years old. When my youngest son was born, the album and song “While I’m Waiting” was about to come out, so time really does go by quickly. I’m amazed, the older I get, how quickly time passes. Something important to me is the legacy and heritage that I’m passing on to my family.

For me, the song started at the beginning of last year, where we joined along with our church and fasted for 21 days. We wanted to set the pace for the year. My wife and I were reading through the Old Testament about the children of Israel who came out of Egypt and wandered around for 40 years in the wilderness. I can totally relate to that feeling of wandering for 40 years. A lot of times we wander around because of our own junk that we’re not dealing with in our lives.

I got to the part of the Bible about Joshua getting to the promised land and how the Lord would give battle after battle into their hands as long as their hearts were right with Him. I was just really moved by Joshua’s whole story and his faithfulness. At the end of Joshua’s life he gives a warning to the people of Israel in chapter 24 when he says, “You’ve got to choose this day Who you will serve.” He personally makes a bold declaration, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Period.

Idolatry is a huge thing. We read about all of the idol worship in the Bible and idol worship is still a huge problem today. The Lord has been refining me and revealing idols in my life and calling me to remove them, one by one. Human beings are idol factories, we can make an idol out of anything. Even good things like ministry, our spouse, our children.

In the last days, which I think we are in, the Lord is calling us to remove those idols and make a bold declaration that no matter what happens, we will serve Him. I’ve personally made an idol out of music, the Christian music industry and my desire for success. The Lord revealed that to me, and I’ve removed that from my life. My time here is not long, it is short compared to eternity. I need to stop building my own kingdom.

Which Bible verses go with the message of the song?

Joshua 24:14-18 (emphasis added): “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 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.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.”

How can listeners apply that message in their walks as Christians when they listen to the song?

When I write songs, I’m looking for what is on the heart of the Lord. I believe that God is, right this very moment, calling His beloved children out of idolatry and back to intimacy with Him. Particularly calling men to stand up, repent and renounce the counterfeit gods that have us enslaved though various addictions.

I asked God to give me a song that just puts a simple exclamation point on what He desires. I wrote “As For Me and My House” because I came to a place where I was done bowing down to the idol of career, success, man’s approval, and even Christian music. Of course those were just to name a few. This song is my stake in the ground.

“I'm done building my own kingdom, no more seeking worthless idols”. I had a choice to make…and I made it. I will not serve these gods or any other gods. They will never fulfill me nor will they ever love me. My hope and desire is to spur on a movement of men who will stand up and say, “Enough! I surrender God. I repent of my life-long patterns of sin and idolatry. I am going to be the man, the husband, and the father You intended me to be. I’m walking out of this prison that I built with my own hands and like Joshua, I will declare… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

Here are the lyrics:

I'm done
Building my own kingdom
No more
Seeking worthless idols

As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord

I'm done
With powerless religion
No more
Living in deception

Like sheep we have all gone astray
We must choose this day
Whom we will serve

As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord

We will cross over Jordan
We will claim what you promised

We will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We belong to the Lord
We will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We will only serve the Lord

Here’s Matthew Henry’s commentary about Joshua 24:15: “It is essential that the service of God's people be performed with a willing mind. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. The Father seeks only such to worship him, as worship him in spirit and in truth. The carnal mind of man is enmity against God, therefore, is not capable of such spiritual worship. Hence the necessity of being born again. But numbers rest in mere forms, as tasks imposed upon them. Joshua puts them to their choice; but not as if it were indifferent whether they served God or not.

“Choose you whom ye will serve, now the matter is laid plainly before you. He resolves to do this, whatever others did. Those that are bound for heaven, must be willing to swim against the stream. They must not do as the most do, but as the best do. And no one can behave himself as he ought in any station, who does not deeply consider his religious duties in family relations. The Israelites agree with Joshua, being influenced by the example of a man who had been so great a blessing to them; We also will serve the Lord.”

John Waller has continually used his gifts as a singer and songwriter to inspire, educate and encourage the body of Christ. With such powerful songs as “The Blessing” and “While I’m Waiting,” from the motion picture "Fireproof," Waller is back with a brand new collection of Scripture-based songs and declaration-style anthems designed to inspire listeners to fight the good fight of faith. Waller articulates what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world.

As For Me and My House is a potent collection of songs buoyed by Waller’s insightful songwriting and compelling voice. “The title track is, to me, the heart of this record,” Waller says of “As For Me and My House,” which joyfully declares, “We belong to the Lord, and we will not give our hearts to another.” For sure, the title track, based on Joshua 24:15 is one of the stand-out songs of the year and as a husband and father of three young daughters, I have personally signed the Joshua 24:15 declaration on John’s website: http://www.johnwallermusic.com.

(Watch the music video here.)

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.

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