Making an album is always a process, and I rarely hear people say that it’s an easy one. This record was a challenge from the beginning, and I believe it was God’s will for us to have to wrestle through the process of it. It began with 8 years of waiting to discover if we were even supposed to write songs for the church in the first place. God has called us all to sing songs (Colossians 3:15-16) and even to sing new songs (Psalm 96:1), but it is a special calling to write songs that the church sings in order to exalt and proclaim God. It’s a calling to create, but also to teach, and from the beginning, we wanted to know that we had that specific calling. If it was something God had for us we didn’t want to take that responsibility lightly.
2 years ago the urging to write for the church became undeniable, as did the process of how we would approach this record. We began writing and then using the songs in worship services and seeing how people responded to them. We wanted to write songs that served our church well, so we were adamant about writing songs that the church sang with all their hearts. We trashed a few, kept a few, re-worked a lot and kept working, and we did it all with the desire to give a unique voice to the church. We wanted to help the body say things to God that they maybe didn’t know how to say, didn’t even know they needed to say, and even things they didn’t want to say.
It was in the middle of this process that the vision for this collection of songs began to become very clear. We had been through a lot as a church and these songs were manifestations of our journey together, and as we began to share the story of our journey with people from other churches, we realized that these songs, and the stories they were born out of, were resonating with and encouraging people outside our body of believers, as well. God has been so faithful to us as a church, and we began to pray for the opportunity to make this record and let it serve as an encouragement to everyone who feels lost, discouraged or faithless. We believe what David said in Psalm 40 to be extremely real.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NLT)
As we sing of God’s faithfulness, those who are lost or discouraged begin to see and hear of the great things God has done. They are amazed and put their trust in the Lord. Furthermore, as we echo the stories of God’s faithfulness, as we live and sing, it helps bring people into a relationship with Jesus. They put their trust in our faithful Savior. It’s one thing to see the faithfulness of God in the sunrise (a beautiful and powerful thing), but it’s a whole other thing when the faithfulness of God is tangible in the lives of people. That’s what “God is Faithful” is about. In fact, it’s more than a record. It’s a history of God’s tangible faithfulness in the life of His church called Northstar, and we hope that it serves as an encouragement to individuals and other churches, as well, that God truly is faithful. We hope you enjoy the songs. Let’s all echo the faithfulness of God to whole world.