Song of the Month

 
 

"SAFE"

Words & Music by

Lee Brown, Justin Gray, Moira dela Torre, & Juan Winans

© 2017 84Media

 

Song Story

When Victory Worship released "Safe" last June, it couldn't have come at a more turbulent time for the Philippines. The country had been hit by several earthquakes, and a little over a week before its release, a rebel group stormed the Philippine city of Marawi—a siege that killed many of Marawi's citizens and turned the thriving city into a ghost town. A day after the release of "Safe," a lone gunman attacked the casinos at Resorts World Philippines, an incident that resulted in the deaths of more than thirty people.

"Safe" arrived at the height of all this tension and served as a welcome balm for God's people reeling from the disasters happening around them. Many were encouraged by the song’s inspiration, Psalm 91:1-2, which says, "he who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

In the midst of all the turmoil, it was a blessing to be reminded that God is a refuge, and that those who trust in him will be kept safe. The warm reaction to "Safe"—from its topping the iTunes Philippines chart, to its Top 5 finish on the Spotify Philippines Viral 50—made it clear that God was working in and through the song to speak love, comfort, and peace to his people.

 

To learn more about Victory Worship, check out their website here.

 

Downloads

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’
— Psalm 91:1,2

SONG of the MONTH

 

"HUMBLE KING"

 

Words & Music by Charl Folscher (Every Nation, South Africa)

© 2017 Charl Folscher

 

SONG STORY

"I had a desire to write a song that was squarely aimed at God. A song that was filled with worship expression toward God without including us in the mix. What I mean with that is I wanted to have it devoid of expressions of what he did for us and write about who he is—his glory, majesty, power, and holiness without ‘Jesus saved my soul and he loves me so.’ There is, of course, nothing wrong with those expressions of gratitude about how he impacts our lives, but for this song I moved that aside. In the end the line, still You are the humble King, crept into the song which contrasts God's sovereignty with his chosen path of meekness. Now, of course, that hints at what he did for us. Go figure. I hope you guys enjoy." - Charl Folscher

To stay up-to-date on Charl's music, follow him on social media or check out the Humble King EP here.

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Downloads

Click the buttons to download the "Humble King" EP and Lyric Chart.

 

 
ABOUT CHARL: Charl has been the Pastor of Worship and Media Arts at In Focus Church for the past five years and is currently in the process of relocating back to South Africa. He is married to Elize Folscher and they have a six-month baby boy named Benjamin. Charl says, "I love Jesus and his church and I believe that the church in its local context is the hope of the world."

ABOUT CHARL:

Charl has been the Pastor of Worship and Media Arts at In Focus Church for the past five years and is currently in the process of relocating back to South Africa. He is married to Elize Folscher and they have a six-month baby boy named Benjamin. Charl says, "I love Jesus and his church and I believe that the church in its local context is the hope of the world."

ABOUT THE HUMBLE KING EP: The five songs on this EP follow a journey into God's sovereignty, holiness, power, and humility. It contrasts our mere humanity against his greatness, and also contrasts God's sovereignty with his own chosen path of meekness. We journey to a place of surrender, asking God for his mercy and grace to be overflowing toward us while moving us to faith and the ability to believe that his promises are true.  

ABOUT THE HUMBLE KING EP:

The five songs on this EP follow a journey into God's sovereignty, holiness, power, and humility. It contrasts our mere humanity against his greatness, and also contrasts God's sovereignty with his own chosen path of meekness. We journey to a place of surrender, asking God for his mercy and grace to be overflowing toward us while moving us to faith and the ability to believe that his promises are true.

 

3 Anchors of a Worshiper

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"Without God's Word as an anchor, we drift towards a truth we feel instead of the truth we know." –Pastor Daniel Stephens

In this podcast, Pastor Daniel explains how being anchored in salvation, God’s Word, and community produces authentic worship.

Pastor Daniel begins his sermon with the song of Moses in Exodus 15. He uses this chapter to explain what it looks like to be anchored in salvation. Listen to find out more . . .

Application Question

Out of the three anchors—treasuring salvation, studying God’s Word, and engaging in community—which area do you struggle with the most? What are some practical steps you can take this week?

 

 

Audio excerpt was recorded at the Burn Brighter Conference (Mid-Cities Church in Midland, Texas).

Music Referenced:

Listen to Beauty For Ashes (Hands to the Sky) 

Listen to Glory Rising (The Songs We Sing) 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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In January of 2006, Pastor Daniel Stephens was ordained as the Senior Pastor at Mid-Cities Community. In addition to being very active in the Midland/Odessa community, Daniel serves as a board member for Every Nation Ministries. Learn More. 

 

Without God’s Word as an anchor,
we drift towards a truth we feel
instead of the truth we know.
— Pastor Daniel Stephens