Release Date: June 1st 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Jesus Over Everything
If you put Planetshakers, Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, Matt Redman, Crowder, Jesus Culture, KB, Desperation Band, and Hillsong UNITED in a room together, and asked them to write a song, what song do you think they’d come up with? Now that scenario was just an hypothetical, however there is a band out there that embodies the passion and genre of the aforementioned artists, and a song out there that is as awesome and hard hitting as songs from these aforementioned artists. Enter in Planetboom, the youth music ministry part of Planetshakers.
Now let me state this disclaimer- prior to hearing Planetboom’s latest single “Jesus Over Everything”, I had no idea that there was even a youth band birthed out of Planetshakers, even though Planetboom already released 2 singles in 2017. However, one listen to “Jesus Over Everything”, which released in early June, and debuted as a music video on New Release Today (how I found myself to come across the song!); and I am hooked. Literally. This song, in my opinion, is probably the most inspiring and impacting song I have heard all year. Yep, it’s no joke. Sorry for KING And COUNTRY (“joy”), sorry Steven Curtis Chapman (“Remember To Remember”), sorry Building 429 (“You Can”), sorry Phil Wickham (“Living Hope”), sorry Hillsong Worship (“Who You Say I Am”), and, yeah, sorry Cory Asbury (“Reckless Love”). That’s how powerful “Jesus Over Everything” actually is, I reckon. You may not agree with me, but let’s just stop disagreeing and debating, even before we’ve actually listened to this track, and let us stop and just dwell upon the 5 minute worship anthem.
Listened to the song on spotify yet? Maybe now you’ve seen the music video? With a hymn like atmosphere and powerful, stirring keys as a backdrop to what I would say is one of the worship anthems of this generation; “Jesus Over Everything” is simple thematically. That we as Christians can, ought to, and should place Jesus over everything else in our lives, because of the simple concept that He is God, He is King, that He is worthy, and there isn’t anyone else like Him. That is the song in a nutshell, and with me personally enjoying this song so much more than anything Planetshakers has ever recorded (yep, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that!), I’d say that anyone else who listens to “Jesus Over Everything” will be changed from the inside out, and be impacted in ways they can only imagine, as we together make this declaration and stand that we choose Jesus above all else. One of my favourite parts of the song is the 1 minute rap, and if you guys take a squiz at that, it’s easy to see why it resonates with me. the rap just lists out stuff the world says we should place high on our priority list, but also stuff that Jesus should preside over. Because He is who He says He is, why wouldn’t we place Him above everything else in this world? Every good thing, and every bad thing. A tough concept to grasp, right? Let’s ponder that just for a second.
“Jesus Over Everything” is a song that, to me, will never get old. It’s a song that can be sung today, in 1 years’ time, or even in 50 years’ time; and the effect will still be the same- with the Holy Spirit anointing this song there will be no doubt that many people will effect positive change in their life, and give over their everything to God after hearing what Planetboom has to say. So how about I hand over the mic to Planetboom, and let them invite you into a worship experience like no other? And before I go, let me ask- are you surrendering everything over to Jesus? Is He over everything? If not, why not?
RIYL: Jesus Culture, Bethel Music, Passion, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Hillsong UNITED