MercyMe’s debut hit single, “Even If,” from their newest album, Lifer, is currently sittin’ pretty at the top of hot Christian music charts. And ironically, it’s because life ain’t always pretty. (Sorry, English teachers.) If you’ve lived long enough on planet earth, you just might be shouting “Amen!” and “Preach it!” right now.
Today’s post on the message in the album’s fifth track is the latest in my 2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series:
- “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever”
- “Are You a Lifer in Christ?” – a review of track 1, “Lifer”
- “Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are!” – a review of track 2, “You Found Me”
- “Has Grace Got You?” – a review of track 3, “Grace Got You”
- “Have You Heard the Best News Ever?” – a review of track 4, “Best News Ever”
So far, every song in which I’ve shared its message has been an upbeat, put-on-your-boogie-shoes song that you just can’t help but smile, sing, dance, and shout for joy to. They all reflect the reason Christians around the world should be celebrating—the finished work of Christ. The work that has already been done on our behalf.
“Even If” also celebrates the finished work of Christ, but in a different way. It is one of only two ballads on the entire album and speaks volumes of encouragement to Christians who seem to be going through never-ending battles. With no sign of reprieve. Weekend 22, a weekly two-hour nationally syndicated Christian music countdown show, describes this stunning anthem as the album’s “crown jewel.”
Let’s watch the heart behind this remarkable song:
Just in case you are more of a visual person (like me) rather than auditory, Millard summed up what he just said in a recent Facebook post on MercyMe’s fan page:
What Christ has already done on the cross is probably the only thing we need to get through those circumstances. It’s a foundation that was built long before those difficulties came to be.
I love that Millard keeps going back to the only real reason we Christians have to hope in better days to come: Jesus Christ. Specifically, Christ in us—our glorious Hope for all eternity (Col. 1:27)!
Now, let’s watch the state-of-the-art official lyric video for “Even If”:
Even though I’m not currently going through tough circumstances, I was last year around this time. And interestingly enough, God used the MercyMe song, “Move,” to let me know that brighter days were coming. I wrote about it in my post, “What a Difference a Year Makes! How a Kiss of Hope Helped Me Get Through Gut-Wrenching Circumstances.”
Had “Even If” been released during that time, I’m convinced that I would have played it, along with “Move,” again and again to encourage and remind me of the incredible hope that I have as a believer in Christ. Even if those circumstances never changed … or got worse.
Right now, there are people close to me who are going through heart-wrenching circumstances. Circumstances that don’t seem to be going away. But I know God has ministered to them personally through the hope-filled, it-is-well-with-my-soul-regardless-of-my-circumstances message in “Even If.”
I’m thanking and praising God for MercyMe’s heart in ministering to hurting people through their life-giving, hope-infusing, grace-filled music.
Dear reader, I’m wondering,
Has God used MercyMe’s “Even If” to minister encouragement and hope to you?
I’m would love to hear your story and pray for you.
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