This post is going to be a little different for the mere factor that the guest blogger is Casey Darnell. Casey Darnell is a singer/song writer who’s music is fresh, inspiring, and powerful. Before we jump into Tear Down The Walls, I want to introduce more than just Casey, I want to introduce his music to you. Below is a song titled No Great Love (Not Ashamed).
Listen to: No Great Love (Not Ashamed)
If that doesn’t get you pumped up, excited, and motivated about the idea and act of pursuing Christ, then I suggest you close this post, and continue about your day, because the rest of this post only goes deeper. If you loved the song, make sure you check out Casey’s website: CASEYDARNELL.com. You can also stop into iTunes and purchase his music HERE.
Okay, moving on. Below is the link to listen to today’s Hillsong United track. Track number seven on the latest album is Tear Down The Walls. Instead of reading the lyrics first, I want to mix it up and have you listen to the song and read Casey’s overview and thoughts. (Disclaimer: Tear Down The Walls is too long of a song to place the entire song within the blog, so you only get the first 8 minutes of the song.)
Listen to: Tear Down The Walls
You don’t have to know me long to know that I’m a fan of the Hillsong fellows. I had been for a while but upon getting to go to the conference a few years ago…I became an ultra huge supporter of what I’ve not just heard, but seen God doing there. And i could ramble about this for hours but i wont….i’ll focus on the song at hand.
When I first heard this song I immediately resonated with the direction it takes. The encouragement of those within the sound of the music to do more than just sing songs.
A song of hope rooted in the belief that Love in action can literally “tear down the walls” of division and injustice and hopelessness…and in doing so becoming the ultimate form of worship…people whose lives are matching the lyrics of the songs as He increases and we decrease and we see ourselves not just worshipping in song but in Spirit and in Truth. (that has to be a run-on sentence if ever i’ve done one)
I love that the guys at Hillsong have found there niche and there sticking to it. Not trying to hard to re-invent themselves into something they are not, but driving home their passions with full on melodies and lyrics of desperation and a sense of conviction that though they are writing the tunes by the 100′s…there is so much more to be said and done and no amount of songs could ever max out the worth of our God.
I love the hook in this song musically. When the lines “I don’t need to see it to believe it” drop in and then repeat…it sends a strong message that you immediately lock into.
It’s encouragement to that end with a sense of conviction to have that kind of faith.
And of course the hillsong bridge hits in a huge way. The sense of desperation to be the people who will let there lives be lived out for the glory of God and in doing so, realize they are writing the greatest worship song ever…with their lives. The lyrics are the moments they surrender to Jesus and allow Him to be made famous so that “every heart will see this hope we have in You.”
So in conclusion…the message of this song rings loud and clear. to allow the walls we have put up around ourselves to come down. To see the things He sees and feel what He feels and dare to allow Him to take over…a song of eye-opening surrender and frankly…i just love the song.
Tear down the walls see the world
Is there something we have missed?
Turn from ourselves
There is so much more than this
And I dont need to see it to believe it
I dont need to see it to believe it
Cause I cant shake this
Fire deep inside my heart
Look to the skies hope arise
See His majesty revealed
More than this life there is love
There is hope and this is real
This life is Yours and hope is rising
As Your glory floods our hearts
Let love tear down these walls
That all creation would
Come back to You
Its all for You
Your Name is glorious
Your love is changing us
To worship in spirit and in truth
As all creation returns to You
Oh for all the sons and daughters
Who are walking in the darkness
You are calling us to lead them back to You
We will see Your spirit rising
As the lost come out of hiding
Every heart will see this hope we have in You
I want to first thank Casey for taking the time to do this. Currently Casey is in a stretch of 11 straight weeks of Church Camp Life, leading and worshiping morning, day, and night. Even if you didn’t hear the morning, day, and night part, just knowing he will be around kids who don’t shower for 11 straight weeks, is enough to feel for the guy. He without a doubt did not have to do this, yet felt the desire to do so. So thank you Casey for sharing your heart with the community here at Run’n Like A Vagabond.
At any time you can go to the “Featured” section on the right and click on the Hillsong United a_CROSS//the_EARTH post to find the link to a review on each song that has been reviewed so far.