Ben Richter: "the beauty of the Gospel is that God's love is continually with us and there's nothing that we can do to outrun the grace and the love of God."
American bands don't usually name themselves after events surrounding the 20th Century Romanian revolution, but how BEC Recordings' signing would come to be known as The Museum is indicative of what's on display in this compelling foursome.
The group took shape when singer Ben Richter and guitarist Geoffrey Ashcraft moved from Texas to Georgia and plugged into a church where drummer/programmer Josh Kirk was the janitor. Soon they were leading local worship services together and then traveling on musical mission trips overseas.
In Romania, Josh was deeply moved to be part of a large Christian gathering in the same town square where communism had been overthrown in 1989. A nearby museum containing humble evidence of that revolution also left an indelible impression.
“We decided the band would be called The Museum," Josh says, “because we hope our music and those we share it with can be the evidence that Christ has done a revolution in our hearts."
The Museum is poised to release their sophomore release on BEC Recordings, My Only Rescue which is the follow-up release to their Radio Chart-topping 2010 release Let Love Win. Featuring the hits "Allelujah," "Never Look Away," and "My Help Comes From The Lord," Let Love Win peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard U.S. Christian chart, as well as peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The Museum has only just begun. Their first single from My Only Rescue is the catchy song "Love Will Find You."
I had the opportunity to interview lead singer Ben Richter about "Love Will Find You."
Do you have any personal application regarding your walk as a Christian in the song?
That was a really different song for me and for all of us in the band. It started out as a letter I was writing to a friend who really went through a lot this past year. He made a lot of mistakes and ended up losing his marriage. He had been hiding a lot of sinful behavior and was really in a place in his life where he was feeling a lot of guilt. When people reach that low, they wonder if God can really love them after all of their mistakes. Even in the midst of that type of struggle, the beauty of the Gospel is that God's love is continually with us and there's nothing that we can do to outrun the grace and the love of God. This song is for anyone who feels that they are out of God's reach. We want to chase after God.
Which Bible verses go with the song?
Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
How can listeners apply that message in their walks as Christians when they listen to the song?
As I was thinking about my friend writing this song, we had a chance to go on a trip to the Philippines with Compassion International. Three of us in the band sponsor kids there. We had the chance to go meet them face to face. We went to this very remote island where only four families live, and took this small boat to get there. By the time we got there, the reality had really set in about the enormity of God's love. There is no place we can go, nowhere we can go to outrun the reach of the love of God. As I stood there on that little island, seeing the work Compassion is doing sharing the love of God in such a remote place it connected the dots for me. That was the basis of these lyrics: “You could run till you can't find home / Sail till you can't see land / There is no place you could go / Love will find you where you are."
I believe the local church is the hope of the world, therefore it has to be at the center of our ministry. When we think of our mission as The Museum, we always come back to the Hillsong lyric: ‘Let justice and praise become my embrace.' As a band and as individuals we want to see justice come to the overlooked . . . and to see God's kingdom come in our lives. We are realizing it's the things we leave behind that make a difference, the evidence that Jesus has changed us from the inside out and given us the rescue mission to go and change the world.
I can see you lost your way
It's just easier to hide
but He sees inside Your soul
where Your past cannot not define
You've been heading down this road
and you don't know who you are
but He knows what's in your thoughts
and He feels what's in your heart
You could run till you can't find home
Sail till you can't see land
There is no place you could go
You could fall till your out of hope
Chase things that never last
You could never run too far
Love will find you where you are
So you're feeling all alone
but you are never out of sight
there is healing in His arms
there is mercy in His eyes
No height, no depth could ever separate us
from the power of His great love
What an amazing picture of the grace of God. As Christians, we all have a reason to reflect on God's Holy and Perfect sacrifice of His son Jesus. He died for us, so that in Him we might know God's righteousness. We can't earn grace, and we can't do anything to gain life other than accept Jesus. What if we lived as though we believe the sincere words of this song? Jesus loves us so much He came down and took our punishment so that we can be with Him forever. Please don't fight His hands that are holding you. He wants to give us life and never let us go. What a reason to have comfort in our Savior and know that He's by our side.
This is one of my favorite songs of the year. I can't get enough of the Biblical truth of the song and I love when artists take Gods' Word from the Bible and turn it into a great and catchy song filled with truth. I sing this song to God with all of my heart and know that “No height, no depth could ever separate us, from the power of His great love!" This timeless passage, Romans 8:28-29, has application for us today as we live in uncertain times and when we question whether God can really love us after all of our mistakes. As this song proclaims, There is no place you could go, Love will find you where you are." Amen!
Posted August 28, 2012 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
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