Longing for Jesus Posted June 25, 2020 By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need to Know: Fearless BND is a movement that was started by Christy and Jeremy Johnson (formerly known as Worth Dying For). Their second album, Love Riot was released in February 2011. Fear Not was preceded by the singles, “Mas Amor” and “Can’t Get Enough” and is the follow up to their 2017 album We Are Fearless which featured “Jump Around” and “The Anticipation.” Talking about the move to LA, Pastor Jeremy shared, "Fear had been something we'd both battled with our entire lives, and yet we felt called to the dreamers, to those crushed by their dreams, to those chasing their dreams, those with dead dreams... to people who had moved to LA from all over the world to pursue the arts, entertainment, education, entrepreneurship–to not just be a safe haven, but a dream factory, helping broken people dare to dream again."
What it Sounds Like: I love how the music of these songs matches the excitement being expressed lyrically as in the “dance like nobody’s watching” rhythmic grooves of “Can’t Get Enough,” “Won it All” and “Let Go.” Our God is worthy of all our praise, and we'll be singing and dancing before Him for eternity. These songs give believers a foretaste of that celebration. One of my favorite things about "singing a new song to the Lord" is that the idea of worship in Heaven is an exciting picture for me, and that's the glimpse that we gain from these high energy songs. It delighted God that David, a man after God's own heart, danced unashamed before the Lord. These upbeat songs and worshipful ballads are all examples of being obedient to that calling to make God the object of all our worship.
Spiritual Highlights: I love how the Lord is bringing up worship leaders who are unashamed of the Gospel and are about proclaiming the Truth of God's Word. These are great messages and songs for us to celebrate our freedom based on our faith in Christ Jesus. It is also commanded by Jesus in Matthew 5:16 to "let your light shine" so that others may praise God based on seeing the power of His life in us. The anthemic ballad “At Your Name” has tender and powerful vocals and takes listeners on an emotional and spiritual journey with every lyric sung about faith in our God Almighty, our Lord and Savior, Jesus. The lyrics are very stirring and convicting, inspired by Philippians 2:9-10. You’ll get swept up in the biblical and Jesus-centered cries of worship, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.” That theme is also found in “More of You,” with the refrain, “Jesus we long for more/in all of the earth/in awe/all of Your goodness/all of Your grace/Jesus we want more.”
Best Song on the Record: There are several standout songs on the album including “Can’t Get Enough” and “Won it All.” “Fear Not” is an instant classic. “More of You” stirs my heart into an immediate state of worship. “Victorious” is biblical and congregational. A song that I can’t get out of my head is “At Your Name” so I’ll highlight that song as the must-download track, but you’ll want the whole album. A sincere desire for the presence of God and to see His Kingdom on earth is found in every song, especially the tracks “Not A Chance” and “Victorious” which are both instantly sing-able prayer songs featuring declarations about Jesus.
Final Word: We gain glimpses of eternity from this collection of worship songs. Sometimes people think that worship is something they do at an event or at church or only through music. We know from Scripture, that worship is what you put your worth-ship in, and that a biblical definition of worship is a lifestyle where we can live out the words of “Fear Not,” and know with certainty, “We are fearless in His love.” I'm really engaged by the emotional vocals and the deep, prayerful lyrics throughout the album. All the songs are catchy and worshipful. Fear Not is a truly anointed set of songs for the Church expressing a deep longing for Jesus.