Jeremy Camp Encourages Fans To Surrender To God In New Song: ‘God Will Truly Be Their Refuge’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Christian musician Jeremy Camp opened up about the inspiration behind latest single “Anxious Heart.”
Camp, the real-life inspiration behind Movieguide® Award-nominated I STILL BELIEVE, released “Anxious Heart” earlier this month.
“Wow guys, the response has been so encouraging, thank you,” he captioned a post about the single. “I went through a really dark time some years ago and wanted to share a little more story behind the song. I really pray that this song reminds you of God being our ever present help in time of need. And He is the truly the calm for our anxious heart.”
“This is probably one of the more personal songs I’ve written in a long time,” he continued in the video. Camp went on to talk about a time in his life when everything felt “overwhelming,” including fears about his daughters’ safety on a mission trip.
A panic attack during a trip to Israel led the singer to think about the root of this anxiety.
“Finally, I said, ‘God, what is it? Please tell me’” Camp remembered. “And literally, He spoke to me and said there [were] three things I’m not trusting him [to handle]…and it was my family, my future, and my finances.”
He then cited Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
“I was trusting him with little things,” Camp admitted. “But it wasn’t all my heart. I was holding back things that actually became a burden.”
After surrendering his burdens to God, Camp shared that “a weight lifted off of me.”
“There was a freedom I’ve never felt before,” he continued.
“Anxious Heart” chronicles Camp’s struggles with anxiety and how you can ultimately overcome it when you trust in God.
“I really do pray this song encourages people to get out of that dark place and that God will truly be their refuge and their strength,” Camp concluded.
Movieguide® previously reported on Camp’s faith and how it has played a role in his life:
Audiences watched Jeremy Camp (played by KJ Apa) fall head over heels for his first wife in the movie I STILL BELIEVE. At the end of the movie, Camp is playing at an outdoor festival, sharing about God’s providence and goodness, even though his wife, Melissa, just died of cancer.
After his set, he’s approached by a young South African woman named Adrienne who shares how the couple’s faith helped her refocus on Christ. Where the movie ended is the beginning of a beautiful, God-inspired love story between Jeremy and Adrienne.
They’ve put their hearts on the pages of “In Unison,” a new marriage book that chronicles the struggles and victories the couple faced together.
“I think everything with the movie made us think about, in a sense, the future and what God was doing with me and Adrienne through this,” Jeremy told Movieguide®. “Sharing our story and what God taught us through marriage and in our life was a massive next step.”
The couple said God laid it on their heart to reach out to people who may feel isolated, even in their own marriages.
“It’s not like we thought, ‘Oh, my goodness, we have a perfect marriage, so let’s tell people how to have a perfect marriage,’” Jeremy said.
After talking with couples, “You realize that a lot of people go through the same stuff, and you’re not alone, and so this is just ways to deal with those conflicts and things that that do arise in marriage for everybody. Here’s practical advice and things that God has taught us. Of course, it’s all biblically based with scriptures and prayers. We just want to be encouragement to people that need some more tools to help their marriage.”
Adrienne said she really began to learn this as she focused on growing her relationship with the Lord. To handle conflicts, she said she began to learn how to finish a fight rather than start it.
“I think when we’re really looking at at each other as being a team and having a friendship intact, and it just sort of shifts things and our perspective and go, ‘What if I need to humble myself right now, to make peace between us and that’s what I need to do?’” Adrienne said.
“Even though maybe he was the one that started it, I have the power in my hand as to whether or not I’m going to keep going down this dysfunctional road. I can be the one to just ask God to give me the strength to be forgiving, or to be humble,” she continued.
When this happens, Adrienne holds to one practical biblical guideline: Prayer.
“We really just have to be honest with where we are in our relationships with one another. And I mean, there’s been times that I’ve gotten on my knees and just go, ‘Lord, I just don’t feel like I have a heart full of love towards Jeremy right now. You know, I don’t like him very much. He’s driving me crazy,’ or whatever it is, and just being so honest, and then asking God. I think that God wants to love him, and I want to have a soft heart towards him. [Then I pray], ‘So please, do that supernatural work in us,’ and, and that’s really helped so much.”
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