I double dog dare you to try to sit still while listening to “Happy Dance,” the most fun-loving (and silliest) song on MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer. If this ditty doesn’t get you dancing, you just might be wearing concrete shoes.
Let’s listen to the band’s lead singer, Bart Millard, share the cute story (involving his wife) behind the making of one of the most kid-requested tunes on the album:
Hey, why don’t you get up, put on your dancin’ shoes, raise your hands (if He done changed ya), and get down to this deliriously playful song?
Go ahead! Who cares if someone sees you!
And who knows? They just might join you and get happy, too!
I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the messages in the songs on this feel-good-because-God-has-already-been-so-good-to-us compilation. Every one of Lifer’s songs exude the best news ever—the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ!
We don’t have to wait until our circumstances get better to celebrate Christ’s finished work on the cross. We can celebrate right this very minute because the best news ever is that the good Lord done saved us and changed us on the inside! We were made brand-spankin’-new when we believed into Jesus and were joined to His life forever (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:17).
And, right now, we have the fullness of His joy downloaded in our new hearts (because He lives there twenty-four/seven) just waiting to be uploaded through our believing lives on planet earth (John 15:11; 16:20; 17:13; Acts 2:28; 13:52; Rom. 5:11; 14:17; 15:13; Gal. 5:22; 1 Thess. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:8-9).
So, what do you say? Are you really going to let your not-so-happy circumstances and the bad news in this world prevent Jesus from doing the Happy Dance in and through your life?
Or are you going to celebrate His finished work and act like He’s telling the truth about who you already are in Him? (Click here for a wonderful article by Bob George, “Christ’s Finished Work on the Cross.”)
Life’s way too short for us Christians to walk around looking like we just sucked all the juice out of a case full of lemons. It’s time we notify our faces of what is already true about our flawless fusion with Christ’s Spirit!
Don’t you think that if we actually believed what God said in His Word was already (there’s that wonderful word again!) true about us Christians, nonbelievers would be knocking down our doors to find out where they could get some of what we’ve got?
And isn’t that what witnessing is really all about?
The only better advertisement of the gospel than a satisfied Christian is a satisfied Christian doing the Happy Dance!
If you have enjoyed this 2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series, I would love to hear about it.
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