Tree and the Nails by Billy Ballenger was released as his debut single in February 2021 and has had a huge impact on audiences everywhere. Ballenger, a singer, songwriter, and public speaker co-wrote this song with Jason Roy and Jesse Garcia of the band, Building 429.
Billy Ballenger had a passion for music but was troubled and bullied as a child which led to some bad decisions. He was a married father at age 18 and continued in the party lifestyle, substance abuse, burglaries, and violence. He and his wife were both arrested, sentenced to 6 years in jail, and lost custody of their daughter. It was in jail that Billy made the decision to follow Christ and his life was radically changed. He and his wife were released early and soon won back full custody of their daughter. Billy pursued his dream of becoming a recording artist and he has a mission of bringing the hope of Christ to the lost and hurting all over the world through his music and sharing his testimony.
Tree and the Nails is a song of true redemption. We are all broken people struggling with failure and we each deserve death. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, God sees us through Christ’s sacrifice. God does not see us as broken, He sees “more than enough” as Billy describes in the lyrics below:
LYRICS: Tree And The Nails
What do I do with all these scars How do I move on when they’re with me dawn to dark I know that I need grace Oh God meet me in this place
CHORUS: You call me chosen You call me loved You don’t see broken You see more than enough Whenever I wander Whenever I fail Your love doesn’t falter Your love prevails Through the tree and the nails
God I’ve been longing for the day When I’d finally be free Like you promised I would be As I pray and I seek I know you’ll answer me
No I’m not who I was when I started this race But I know you’re not done you’re not finished with me Cause everything broken is coming undone You called us your daughters you called us your sons Yeah
Billy Ballenger “Tree and the nails”
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