EVER BE – KALLEY HEILIGENTHAL
Artist: Bethel Music
Album: We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)
Written by Kalley Heiligenthal, Gabriel Wilson, Chris Greely, Bobby Strand
© 2014 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.
Your love is devoted / Like a ring of solid gold / Like a vow that is tested / Like a covenant of old // And Your love is enduring / Through the winter rain / And beyond the horizon / With mercy for today // Faithful You have been / And faithful You will be / You pledge yourself to me / And it’s why I sing! // Your praise will ever be on my lips / Ever be on my lips // You Father the orphan / Your kindness makes us whole / (And) You shoulder our weakness / And Your strength becomes our own // Now You’re making me like you / Clothing me in white / Bringing beauty from ashes / For You will have Your bride / Free of all her guilt / (And) rid of all her shame / And known by her true name / And it’s why I sing! // CHORUS // (And) You will be praised! / (And) You will be praised! / With angels and saints / We sing worthy are You Lord // And it’s why I sing! // CHORUS
Main Messages: Love, Personal Significance, Cherishing, Praise & Adoration
Each and every listen, “Ever Be” is a gentle smile and a declaration of the soul that acknowledges the beautiful goodness of God’s heart. That smile turns into full joy as we come to an understanding of the fullness of God and our heart fills with worship. You (listener) are the bride overflowing with excitement for the marriage with God and you sing to Him as the ceremony unfolds, expressing your love for Him. Your smile is pure and your thoughts are on an unshakable foundation in the highest plane of trust in Him, faith in Him, and desires for Him.
Why? Because He has been there for you and you’ve experienced His perfect love and direction. You need this personal experience in order to truly connect to God and respond in this way. Worship and repentance are REACTIONS to experiencing God’s devoted love. You then can see Him in all His goodness and upon seeing God, your expression bursts forth in reaction to God’s kindness. Such expression and love casts out all pain, all fear, all doubt, all hindrance. The past feels light and incomparably small, like that of a single-note prelude to this moment. That is how magnificent being with God is; you are made new! You sing out with your arms and heart wide open, “You will be praised!!! Worthy are you Lord!” No one could ever be so worthy as you. You are the Perfect One. You are so good. The absolute definition of Good. “Your praise will ever be on my lips” for you, my Lord, my savior, my God!
I pray that this song will help you fathom and experience God’s presence and our true relationship with Him. May you learn to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind!
Your love is devoted / Like a ring of solid gold
This opening line has four powerful descriptions of God’s love: devoted, ring, gold, solid. The way her voice breathes the word devoted speaks of quiet confidence filled with gratitude and awe. We each need to become aware of and accept God’s devotion toward us. Like a husband declaring his love for his bride, God first reaches out to us and shows how much we are worth to Him.
We are worth His full measure of love, purely described as solid gold; it is faithful, enduring, immaculate, powerful, rich, and full of depth. And yet, it is more than that. His love is alive! A ring isn’t just a symbol of devotion; in God’s case it is a declaration and the start of a life together where He will always pursue you like it is the first day. Can you feel the true meaning and weight of this promise on your heart?
Like a vow that is tested / Like a covenant of old
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God declares this as His promise and His decision toward us. No matter how much we test Him, his vow to us can never break. This is his character. Testing Him is fruitless and futile; it is of no consequence. He made his promises and devotion to us known long ago. Why would that change now? It can’t! God always sought to connect us back to Him through it all, to be His children, each and every day. That is His love. Forever pursing us. Forever loving us. Let us be reconciled to Him forever!
Conceit, anger, pride, and fear. God does not look at our sin or how we resist him, but right at our heart with love. He is above all our struggles. He shares His abundance with us. He forgives us. He teaches us with kindness to see His heart. His Love is perfect and just. His love is not circumstantial.
And Your love is enduring / Through the winter rain
Realize the steadfastness of God’s love. Reflect in the silence as the word enduring sinks in.
When we do this, our minds tend to wander to when things were difficult, when we wondered about us and about Him; our faith struggled. The skies were dark. The rain fell. We just sat there in misery, concern, or lost-lessness. We knew we had life, but we were in a struggle. Perhaps we were in a season of winter where the ground was hard and nothing grew; healing rains had no effect on us and we sank further into despair. We were walled off in our self protection. We became hard. Calloused. Entrapped in self-doubt.
God loved us through this. He covered us. He loved us in our deepest of layers of winter and He prepared the spring for us to renew our life in Him. Will you let Him? Will you let His kindness soften your heart?
And beyond the horizon / With mercy for today
God’s love is so much more than this season and the next. His love is as expansive as the horizon and He loves us beyond that, into the future. This we can have faith in. This we can know. In this, we have peace. This isn’t about the afterlife. That is its own separate promise. No, God’s love is also in THIS life.
He provides mercy for today. For today. A gift. Can you focus on what is there for you today and have it fill your mind? That mercy is enough! He is merciful. Forgiving. Just. Good. Faithful. Holy. His future will come, and He will direct you, a willing spirit to Him. He reserves His love for the present. Here. Now. His love is personal. He loves YOU. Always. His love endures through all of time, unconditionally. His love is today.
Upon hearing this, we begin a forward march, walking down the aisle as the bride toward the one and true Light of this World.
Faithful You have been / And faithful You will be
Been. Past tense. We know this in a sweet smile as we’ve experienced from Glory to Glory the faithfulness and steadfastness of God. By human measures, we remember between the Glory the turmoil we felt in our own thinking and in our own focus as we failed to look to God. We remember our anxiousness, our anger, our zealousness, our striving and control. After so many trials and so much angst, we fully break down and hit bottom.
In this time our heart finally softens and we look only to God. As all of our pain melts away at our heart’s remembrance of His name, there He is, waiting for us in all His splendor. Why did we ever keep our distance? Why did we ever have any mistrust? Why did we ever cry alone? He holds us and we begin life WITH Him. Faithful He will be. Future tense. Perfect love and faith casts out all fear. Trust. Faithful He will be.
You pledge yourself to me / And it’s why I sing!
God is personal. To each and every person He offers an infinite drink of His spirit, as much as we can fill and there will be more to fill tomorrow; forever, just for you.
Yet to all of us He is God. We all commune with the same God but we learn to accept in joy that He has a special and personal relationship with us. That is why in Heaven we all rejoice! And we all sing! Because God is both in us as individuals and around us so that we may realize that we belong with others to the same loving family where we have a pledged place.
Your praise will ever be on my lips / Ever be on my lips
Praising the Lord is not just acknowledging God for who and how He is. Our praise for Him is demonstrated by worshiping Him with our eyes, body, mind, heart, and actions. To this we must be open! Our heart must unfold unto Him. The praise on our lips is just an overflow of our whole being that eagerly follows Him. As we follow in Jesus’ steps with our eyes set ahead to where God is, we are captivated by who He is and the way He makes our spirit alive. Lean into His presence and walk with no hint of self-consciousness; follow Him like a child. Be filled. In this connection to God’s presence and guidance, praise is ever on our lips as God leads our heart.
You Father the orphan
What a God! Even if we did not have perfect earthly fathers (or any at all), we have an intrinsic understanding of what a good father should be. God planted that understanding in our hearts! How else do we feel the special place and yearnings in our heart for a true father figure? We all have a need to be loved, cherished, protected, and valued; not everyone is so lucky. Within God’s character, He assumes the perfect father to all of us to express his power and providence to his children, and to signify his tenderness, mercy, and goodness toward us. God has a place for the lonely; He has a place for the orphan. God can fill the void in our hearts for perfect relationship. He fathers the orphan spirit.
Your kindness makes us whole
God not only fills the role of a Father, but His relationship with us makes us whole. Joy, praise, acceptance, love, and worship are natural outflows of our being when we are truly in His presence. This is because He makes us whole with His presence and truth. When we are down on ourselves, His kindness begs us to confess. We so easily hide in fear, but if only we’d trust in Him, that pain can melt away and we can resume our life living for Him and progressing to wholeness. Take this step and trust in His kindness; you shall see the light.
(And) You shoulder our weakness / And Your strength becomes our own
God promises more than lending us His healing and strength. His strength becomes ours. Ours. Ours to wield as our own. In fact, we were MADE in the image of God. Our consciousness, our souls, our free will, our self awareness. All of these are in an image of God’s capacity and His own being. Our aim then should be to experience God and to glorify Him in all we do!
However, free and righteous living is nearly impossible to sustain. This is why Jesus and the Holy Spirit came. Jesus lived in our human weakness, overcame it, and provided the way to the Father who grants us His strength. Our weaknesses are carried by Jesus as He did in His life, and we have the power to overcome and declare victory for it is already won!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Now You’re making me like you / Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes / For You will have Your bride
As we follow God and abide in him in vital dependence, we are continually being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. This is the true nature of relationship with God. God’s intentions are to make our souls clean, holy, and alive like that of His son Jesus.
When we were sanctified and accepted Jesus as our Savior, we were justified in the eyes of God who credits us with Jesus’ righteousness. Yet more than seeing us in Jesus’ victorious white robes, the Father washes us in divine purity through our ongoing relationship with Him so that we become like Jesus. He clothes us in white for what He is making us to be. From the ashes of our life and wordly tendencies, He is making us a beautiful bride to Him and through Him. That is the joy of marriage to God! He makes us more into Himself!
Free of all her guilt / (And) rid of all her shame
God wants his bride to be without blemish or concern. Note the adjectives free and rid.
Guilt so easily weighs upon us and our conscience based on what we’ve done. Let us be free of guilt complexes and patterns so that we can run the race God has for us with lightness and speed! Let our actions be conducted freely in wholeness and Godly principles so that we have nothing to feel guilty about. Let us be justified before God, our sinful actions forgiven through our Savior Jesus Christ.
We must also be rid of shame. Shame is a focus on self; guilt is a focus on behavior. The concept of self is related to our perceived identity and our belief in the purity of our spirit. Shame cause us to see ourselves as less than we actually are. Let us be rid of such distorted views! Let us believe that we are made in the image of God and are good! Our actions do not make us bad and less than we were created to be. Let us repent for our actions and then walk in a manner worthy of our calling (read scripture). Let us be rid of the shame; we can claim our goodness and our rightful place and power as a child of God able to overcome all that binds us. Let us awaken to our Holy nature!
And known by her true name / And it’s why I sing!
Our true name is part of having our identity in God. Do you have your identity in God? This means that you see yourself within God’s veil and what He says about you, and by nothing else around you. God created us; He knows us intimately. Let us not confuse our sin nature with that of our true selves. God knows the new divine nature that is in us through our salvation. This is our true selves. This is the name God calls to us. He knows our divine being and the divine standard that we can abide by. He calls us to His level in confidence for He knows our true, victorious being!
And it’s why I sing! God has made us whole. He has given us His strength. He conforms us to His holy image. He frees and rids us of all unrighteousness and has given us a divine identity. He has made us a spotless bride before Him! As we come down the aisle, the look in His eyes pierces our soul and He knows us to the depths of our being. Let us rejoice! Nothing could be more perfect! Let us believe these truths. Let it sink into our hearts. When we do, joy erupts!
(And) You will be praised! / (And) You will be praised! / With angels and saints / We sing worthy are You Lord
Finally, open up our being in exultation! Full exuberance! In heaven, in concert with all the angels and saints, we all turn to God and sing worthy worthy! Because we follow Him with expectant hearts and in doing so we only feel His purity and goodness. Who else could we follow that captivates us without disappointment and aligns our hearts to a fullness of life? Worthy are You Lord!
For this reason (we) kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses [all] knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV
Other scripture readings:
Romans 5:1 – Through acceptance of Christ as our Savior, we were given spiritual birth and a spiritual life
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Let us begin the new spiritual life and walk, learning about, abiding in it, and slowly but radically being transformed
1 John 3:2 – Know that when we see God face to face, the fullness of Jesus and ourselves will be made known and we will be changed forever in His likeness. Seek His presence now and forever (this song is a start and understanding!)
Colossians 3 – Live as those made alive in Christ
Ephesians 4 – Live by the new divine standard. Practice living this way in love, kindness, and peace, and we will slowly be transformed and mature in the body of the church, of which Christ is the head