- We had the opportunity to catch up with Pastor Russell Evans of Planetshakers to hear more about their live recording of, "Revival," and chat more about the importance of the word in worship.
Consumerism has made its way into worship and inevitably songwriters are finding themselves writing more poetic songs instead of powerful songs full of the word. This removal of the word in worship is leaving us with no weapon to defeat the enemy. Instead we are left with a watered down worship song that sounds beautiful but has no power.
This reminder is not a new idea. It’s just a reminder that worship needs to come from the Church, not just an artist who is creating for the consumer.
When our worship comes from the Church – that’s when revival can happen. This is exactly what Pastor Russell Evans of Planetshakers shares about with their song “Back to Life.” Written during the time of lockdown where Melbourne went from the most livable city to the most locked down city.
Pastor Russell shared with us the darkness that covid had on mental health in Melbourne. While covid tried to take life from the living, Planetshakers was busy writing a song prophesizing all the things that the enemy had tried to kill off would come back to life.
There’s revival, things are coming back to life
There’s a breathing, things are coming back to life
There’s a fire, things are coming back to life
There’s a burning, things are coming back to life
I need You like nothing else
My Maker make me breathe again
There’s anticipation I can feel it in the air
The reign of death is finished
And You’re alive in me
You’re alive in me
With these lyrics, Planetshakers sent out a rallying call to their community – We aren’t going to settle here.
You have spoken, we are coming back to life
You have promised, we are coming back to life
We, Your people, resurrected in Your light
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Being in lockdown for so long, Pastor Russell reflects, caused spiritual atrophy. Church online was easier to attend but it is only a servant and Jesus called us to gather. The lyrics from, “Back to Life,” served as a reminder for the church to come back to life – it’s simple, don’t be lazy and watch online – it’s time to gather again.
Holy Spirit fall
Fall on Your people now
‘Cause all we’re living for
Is that fresh breath of Heaven
Alive in Your Presence
Have you ever heard 150 people sound like 20,000? Following the Australian government’s decree saying churches could go back to gatherings of up to 150 people at 11:59pm on a Sunday. Pastor Rusell invited 150 people to gather to worship at 12:05am on Monday morning. This gathering led to people being reminded that not only does the Holy Spirit live in you but it also comes upon you and calls you to help others. Pastor Russell shared that when people were singing this particular lyric he could see the lights coming on in people and the feeling of ‘okay we need to change the world.’
This worship song left people with a feeling of hope that things are going to get better. The worship on that Monday morning was powerful because it was rooted in the word. “Back to Life,” has been a weapon used by Planetshakers to combat the enemy.
What worship songs have you been using to push back the enemy?
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Alexandra "Lexi" Fromm has an MA in Education and is the President of Worship Leader. Her professional experience includes working on initiatives related to industry innovation, media communications, learning & development, culture building, organization design, technology adoptions and HR operations. Alexandra has consistently demonstrated the ability to adapt quickly and has headed the successful transition of leadership of WL Media, the magazine, the conference, and all things Worship Leader from Chuck Fromm, the founder, into this new partnership under the Authentic Media banner. Her excellent relational skills and determination for change has already had a lasting impact.