The first single from American Contemporary Christian Music artist Aaron Shust's fourth album, This Is What We Believe is a proclamation of faith. Ed Cash, who is best known for his work with Christian singer Chris Tomlin, produced the song.
The David Altrogge and Michael Harnet directed music video was shot in Indiana, PA. The concept of the clip is a couple turning to their faith as their daughter faces medical issues. It's a subject familiar to Shust as he faced his own life-threatening medical struggles with his 2-year-old son, Nicky. Due to a miraculous healing after months of prayer, Nicky overcame his health problems.
The song was penned by Nashville-based singer-songwriter April Geesbreght. Shust told New Release Tuesday why he decided to record her tune: "We had chosen seven songs that I'd written and approved for the album, so I knew that I had three more songs to write. There were two that I knew I could finish, but the idea of starting from scratch on a third one just made me want to take a nap. I was wide open to outside songs at that point. My producer Ed Cash told me that he had a song written by a girl named April Geesbreght that he and his family have had stuck in their heads for about six months. He told me that he hadn't pitched it to any artists yet, but felt it might be perfect for my album considering where I was in my life. I played April's version for my wife and she looked at me and said, 'You need to record that song.' I listen to my wife. And I thoroughly love singing and playing this song."
During the recording of This Is What We Believe, Shust's two-year-old son Nicky was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an extremely painful condition, where he was unable to take in any nutrition. A tube was inserted that bypassed Nicky's stomach, by which means he was able to be fed but the doctors warned his parents that their little boy would have to be on steroids for the rest of his life to manage the pain. However, to the doctor's amazement, Nicky was miraculously fully healed to the extent that it was as if he never had the condition. Shust told NewReleaseTuesday how the difficult experience enhanced the song's message: "During the entire ordeal, I became acutely aware of my utter dependency on God and my need to daily, constantly, embrace His promises and His presence," he said. "Over the years I've written a lot of songs speaking to my own soul the way David did in the Psalms: 'Why are you downcast? Put your hope in God.' The album and this song come out of a difficult season for me and my family personally, and they are declarations about who God is and who we are in Him because of His great love for us. This song is about praising Him simply for who he is. To witness your own child being healed of something that doctors told you was permanent, painful and incurable—just totally moves my heart to worship God."