What’s New | July 22

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Francesca Battistelli says she can remember the first time she heard the song “Defender.”

“When Rita sang the words ‘all I did was praise, all I did was worship,’ it hit me like a ton of bricks. The idea that all we have to do is stay still while He fights our battles? I had always known it intellectually, but that was the first time I knew it in my spirit. I’m honored to sing it.” She hopes when you hear her version of the song, you, too, can worship and reflect on the God that loves you so endlessly, knows you so fully, and is your great Defender.

“The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair.” Deuteronomy 32:4

Dustin Lolli of Sanctus Real describes the band’s songwriting process this way: “Sometimes when we write songs, we write them right in the middle of our battle; a song of faith, or hope, believing that God will walk us through. Other times we write songs after we’ve come out the other side and we are able to look back and see what God has done for us and through us; a song of victory, of deliverance.”

The band’s song ‘Unstoppable God’ is one of those victory songs: a song of thankfulness that God has never left us and that his plans are always better.

“We believe in a God who moves mountains, parts the sea, and gives hope even in the most desperate times. Though this song is a song of victory for us, we hope that it strengthens you no matter where you are in your battle. Our hope is in a God who doesn’t care what odds are stacked up against you. His love removes fear and allows us to live fully. Where does our help come from? Our help comes from our God and nothing can stop an ‘Unstoppable God.’”

Listen for “Defender” and “Unstoppable God” on LifeSongs!