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Studio session: Matt Maher’s “Your Love Defends Me”

J-P Mauro - published on 08/07/17

This more intimate version abandons most of the accompaniment, and it works well.

Matt Maher recently released a new single called “Your Love Defends Me.” The Grammy Award-winner teamed with fellow Christian artist Hannah Kerr to write this encouraging tune.

This version is different from the official release, with Maher singing and accompanying himself. The lack of drums and synth makes this a much more intimate rendition. With lyrics taken from Psalm 91, Maher explained to New Release Today, the song revolves around “the idea of God not being a refuge, but our ONLY refuge.”

After his studio session, Maher spoke about the inspiration for “Your Love Defends Me”:

“We live in an age where everybody’s fighting for something, for some sort of cause. Then, the idea that to achieve that you’d actually need to do the exact opposite feels entirely counter-intuitive and counterproductive. “Yet, when it comes to faith, more and more I’m realizing that that’s what you have to do. Over and over in the Old Testament you see stories where God tells people ‘Go stand over there, and wait, and I’m going to do this for you.’ In Exodus it says ‘The Lord your God will fight for you. You need only to be still’ and yet sometimes we think when it comes to faith that’s it’s our job to defend it, it’s our job to uphold it, it’s our job to protect it from the corruption of the world… “This song is coming from a place of stillness, from a place of ‘Man, I’ve come to the end of what I can do,’ so I’m gonna be still and I’m going to go stand over there, and I’m going to declare ‘This is what God’s going to do.’”

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