Nashville, TN (July 29, 2019)
In his new joint venture with Provident Label Group/Sony Music and his imprint Story House Music, Christian music hitmaker Matthew West has released a brand new song and concept music video for “The God Who Stays.” Available everywhere you consume music now.

“I am so excited to have a new season of new music ushered in by the first single ‘The God Who Stays,'” shares Matthew West. “It started as an honest, late night conversation with God. I was sitting at the piano in my house playing and singing quietly because my family was all asleep in nearby rooms. Even now that the song has come out of the studio with powerful production and all the bells and whistles, when I listen to it I hear that late night conversation at the piano and remember how God whispered this reminder to me that He’s in it for the long haul. He’s not fed up and He’s not giving up on me. When the whole world walks away, He’s the God who stays.”

“I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.” (Hebrews 13:5 MSG)

The new song’s theme is universal for everyone. West shares that each person will come face to face with the feeling of abandonment on some level.

“Many times we can get discouraged in thinking that perhaps God might get fed up with our imperfect lives and leave us, too. I wrote this song in the hopes that it might be a line by line reminder that no matter who’s walked out on you in your life, no matter who has left you, there is one who never will. The Bible reminds us over and over again that He is not a god who walks away. He’s the God who pursues. He’s not a god who gives up. He’s the God who persists. He’s not a god who changes His mind. He’s the God who has made up His mind about how much He loves us. He is not a god who leaves. He is the God who stays.”

As a storyteller at heart, West wanted to debut the song and music video on the same day to share the story and have it come to life visually. Directed by Patrick Tohill, the concept shows abandonment from various vantage points, but most importantly, it displays God’s faithfulness and His redemptive plan when we turn to him.

West is currently working on more new music that will be released over the coming months. This fall he is partnering with Duck Dynasty‘s Willie & Korie Robertson and Winning At Home‘s Dan Seaborn for the couples-focused Getaway Night Tour sponsored by Compassion International.

Matthew West – The God Who Stays (Official Music Video)

“The God Who Stays” Lyrics:
The God Who Stays
I would’ve given up on me by now
I would’ve labeled me a lost cause Cause I feel just like a lost cause
If I were you
I would’ve turned around and walked away I would’ve labeled me beyond repair
Cause I feel like I’m beyond repair
But somehow you don’t see me like I do Somehow you’re still here

You’re the God who stays
You’re the God who stays
You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You’re the God who stands
With wide open arms
And you tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart
From the God who stays

I used to hide
Every time I thought I let you down
I always thought I had to earn my way but I’m learning you don’t work that way
Somehow you don’t see me like I do Somehow you’re still here
My shame can’t separate My guilt can’t separate My past can’t separate I’m yours forever
My sin can’t separate
My scars can’t separate My failures can’t separate I’m yours forever
No enemy can separate
No power of hell can take away Your love for me will never change I’m yours forever

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Ross Cluver
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Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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