If grace is a party (and it is!), there’s no doubt in my mind that MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, would be chosen as the official background music for it. It’s not at all hard for me to imagine Jesus, the saints that have gone before me, and a heavenly choir of angels celebrating up a storm to this album’s fun and funky tempo in eight of its grace-oozing songs. And my favorite of the eight is the third track titled “Grace Got You,” the focus of today’s message.
In my premiere post of this series, I shared the backstory of how the band’s lead singer, Bart Millard, experienced a revelation of the good news (the best news ever) of the gospel of grace—after almost two decades of being in the Christian music business. Even though he was singing about God’s grace, he wasn’t embracing and savoring it in his own life. He was—like so many Christians—stuck in a miserable, legalistic mindset, trying to pay for what he had already been given as a free gift (Eph. 2:8-9).
Up until 2012, when he read books like The Naked Gospel and The Cure, Millard just didn’t “get” grace. He was like an impoverished, mouth-watering child, peering through the window of a candy store (the Werther’s commercial comes to mind), longing to unwrap and enjoy the delectable wonders decorating the shelves and counter tops inside. Until … he saw something astounding. His Dad appeared behind the counter and motioned for him to come inside and enjoy the entire smorgasbord of sweets—at absolutely no cost to him (and no stomachache). After all, his Dad owned the candy store and he was a rightful heir!
Now, let’s listen to Millard tell the story behind the song:
“It’s the song that makes you smile, the song that makes you want to be silly,” says Millard.
It certainly made me smile—and want to be silly, not really caring who saw or heard me. The first time I listened to it, I was walking around our neighborhood with earbuds. I couldn’t help but smile and sing and dance. And, as you might imagine, I was “moved” to post my first impression on Facebook:
Let’s listen to this fabulous song.
I don’t think this song will ever get old to me. And I love the rap portion by John Reuben. Kudos to MercyMe for including it!
“Grace Got You” embodies the change Millard experienced the second he realized that God’s love and acceptance of him have absolutely nothing to do with how well or how poorly he behaves. God is just as madly in love with him on his worst day as He is on his best. All because of the finished work of Christ on the cross. In an April 2014 radio interview, “Bart Millard of MercyMe shares his personal journey to grasping grace,” you can hear more of his passion concerning the grace party he and his band are now attending, celebrating, and inviting others to.
As I mentioned in a previous post in this series, I was a performance-based acceptance junkie until I too “got” grace (or realized Mr. Grace, Himself, “had” me from hello). I will never forget that initial honeymoon season in my life when the wonders of His amazing grace overwhelmed me. I felt like Dorothy being swept away from the dull, black-and-white landscape of Kansas to the bright, panoramic spectrum of Oz. And I’m still in Oz over a decade later. It’s not a dream, and I don’t need ruby red slippers—because I’m never going back to Kansas. I’m an extremely grateful lifer in this wonder-filled land called grace!
I invite you to listen to “Grace Got You” (and the entire album) again and again! Let its grace-infused lyrics become a part of your joy-filled journey in Christ. I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer (and the rest of my time on this earth)—celebrating the incredible gift of Grace, Himself, who chooses to indwell me twenty-four/seven and promises never to leave nor let go of me.
If you are a believer in Christ, grace has “got” you for good! So why not come to this eternal grace party and celebrate with me, MercyMe, and countless others who will never be the same since grace “got” us?
Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed today’s new post in my summer song series, “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever.”
I’m wondering, Do you like the song, “Grace Got You”? If so, how does it speak to you?
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