Top 5 United Pursuit Songs – Sam Norman
The first time I came across United Pursuit was in a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a cold evening, probably below -10°C outside. I was chilling in my housemate’s room on his sofa by the radiator when he said, “Have you listened to this album, it’s so good!” United Pursuit (with the help of Will Reagan) had just bought out their Tell All My Friends album. I was instantly hooked by their creativeness and variety with the songs they produced, and have been a follower and supporter of their music ever since. I’ve played their songs at Church during sung worship, and I regularly have their songs on during my devotional time with God.
United Pursuit & Co. have had a busy few months. While writing this they just released a new album named Found, an eight-track release featuring multiple songs with Will Reagan and Brock Human. I was surprised, since they had released another album, Garden, two months before, and it was only back in March that I saw them while they were touring around the UK. With the release of these two albums, I thought that I’d take the opportunity to highlight some of my favourites. There are so many which could have gone on this list, but here they are:
5. Looking for a Savior
I heard this song during a time where I was exploring my faith and what it meant to sit and wait on God and wait for his guidance and direction. I’ve lost count of how many times I sat in my quiet times with this song quietly on in the background. The lyric “I abandon my addiction to the certainty of life and my need to know everything” speak to the songs theme of humbling ourselves, recognising that we are only human, and that in this life we will never fully understand everything about God and about what happens in our lives, yet we should still continue our pursuit of him.
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” – 1 Chronicles 16:11
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12
4. Seasons Change
This song speaks into the reality every Christian goes through, that we will go through different seasons in our life. Some of them are joyous and full of praise and thanksgiving, others are times where we feel lost and confused. We see this see this in the Psalms where David frequently sings to God with joy praising him for the things he has done, but on the other hand, he laments to God, expressing his deepest feelings and emotions. Seasons Change speaks to this truth but affirms that in every season God is faithful, and though the songs we sing may change as David’s did, we are still to give all the glory and all the praise to God. “Though the seasons change, your love remains”
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things!” – Psalm 98:1
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 43:5
3. Set a Fire
I’ve found that when people sing this song it becomes a prayer from the deepest part of you. It first talks about God’s presence, and about how when we are in his presence there is nowhere else we’d rather be. As we draw closer to God and begin to know him more, he makes us hungry for more of him. When we seek for him he rewards us by revealing himself more. That creates a desire to know him more, whether that be through the world around us, through scripture, or his manifest presence. This leads into the Chorus with the lyrics “Set a Fire down in my Soul that I can’t contain and I can’t control”. The imagery of fire can have multiple references in scripture, but in this song they are referring to passion. As we sing it we are asking God for an uncontrollable devotion and love for him that shows in our whole lives.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
2. Nothing Without You
One great thing about United Pursuit is the variety of songs they produce. As we’ve already seen in this list, they can range from prayer focused songs to songs of declaration about the truths of God. “Nothing without you” is a reflective song about our dependence on God, and how we are dependant on Him for everything, we are “barely breathing”. One lyric particularly stuck with me, the repeated line of “I want to be with you”. This reminds me that when God becomes our main desire, everything else becomes secondary, and we want to be in the presence of the Lord constantly. We see this in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, where Paul wants to be with Christ. It becomes the desire of every Christian, when we see God for who he really is, to be in his presence.
“I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” – Philippians 1:23-24
1. Never Going Back
This particular song tops the list. There are a lot of compositions from United Pursuit which could have gone here. I’m going to allow the lyrics themselves to explain why this song made it to the top.
“I’ve made up my mind, I’m never going back”. It’s the constant cry of the Christian life, rejecting the false promises of the world, of money, sex, and power for their own sake, and loving God alone who is reconciling all things to himself. And how has he done this amazing miracle in the life of believers? God, “You found me”. God, “You make my soul alive, You put your love inside”. This song is an incredible exhibition of how God finds us, how he loves us, and regenerates us, putting his love inside us for himself and for others around us. As a result “I’m singing out your lovely name, I’m giving you everything”. Our response is one of total surrender to him, praising him because of who he is. “There’s nothing that I have need of, cuz there’s nothing you haven’t done”. As we give God everything and surrender our lives, we notice that all we need is Jesus. He has done everything for us, he is the creator, the sustainer, and the lover of our souls.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” – Psalm 73:25
As I’ve mentioned before, United Pursuit does a wide range of songs, ranging from reflective to joyful. Their new albums Found and Garden fall into the reflective category, as many do on this list. It’s too early for me to put any of them onto this top 5 list because I don’t know them well enough. However, I encourage you, if you like these songs or their other albums to check them out. I personally listen to them during my quiet times, or while doing work. If you’re new or familiar to these to these songs, I pray that as you listen to them and many others by United Pursuit, that the lyrics and messages will come alive to you, and that they will lead you into worship of the God who lay his life down for us in order to bring us into relationship with him.
“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” – Hebrews 9:28
Thanks for reading, and God bless my friends!