Christian Review Magazine Issue 3 - March 2015 - Page 68

WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN A FEATURE ARTICLE ON BETHEL MUSIC BY MARK D. GEIL t’s a stage like no other, extending from a mountainside like a rock outcropping, with verdant evergreens framing peaks in the distance, shrouded in mist. Bethel Music’s Kalley Heiligenthal gives voice to the hearts of the believers present, as natural as the waving branches of the California redwoods: Your love is devoted, like a ring of solid gold. Like a vow that is tested, like a covenant of old. It’s a proclamation of praise to the Rock more solid than that mountainside, the only one worthy of this confidence in His children: We Will Not Be Shaken. *** That’s a stirring minute from Bethel Music’s highly anticipated new CD/DVD, We Will Not Be Shaken. It’s a product of a season in the life of the team that so many believers will identify with, summed up by Brian Johnson: “As a community it’s been one of the hardest and 68 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MAGAZINE best seasons we’ve ever gone through. There has been so much life as a result. It has felt very honest. Like David’s response through the Psalms – he didn’t ignore the hard stuff going on, but he also reminded himself of God’s faithfulness and goodness and chose to go forward with that mindset.” Isn’t it remarkable that as God leads us through both hardship and triumph, He can produce in us what Brian calls “so much life,” if we only let Him? That theme emerges in the standout track “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me)” co-written by Jenn Johnson and John-Paul Gentile. The song acknowledges the truth that, despite the need we often feel to keep everything perfect and presentable in our busy lives, God isn’t looking for us to have it all together. As Jenn relates, “The song puts a different spin on the idea of being ‘in over our heads’ - one that celebrates the risk and the yielded-ness of that feeling, even acknowledging it as a good thing when God is leading you. Though someone may have years of relationship and history with God, there is always more to discover and step into. There can always be forward movement through any situation. God is constantly inviting us to trust Him in greater ways, even in seasons that feel out of control. It’s really freeing to realize we are never going to ‘arrive’.” A theme emerges as these songs emanate from the wilderness, and it fits the majestic setting. God, who is massive, who is faultless, casts His attention and affection on us, who are so small and flawed. “You Don’t Miss a Thing,” by Amanda Cook and Bobby Strand, revels in this paradox: “What a mystery / That You notice me / And in a crowd of ten thousand / You don’t miss a thing.” And not only does this great God notice us, He actually chases after us, a remarkable prospect declared in “You are My One Thing” by Hannah and Paul McClure: “Your voice ever close, You called me / You never gave up pursuing.”