Psalm 100:4 in the Message says,
”Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”
Toward the beginning of 2013, a group of songwriters from our church put some days aside to spend time collaborating and seeking God for new songs. Across the three days, we had seven or eight writing sessions, each with a different combination of people. On the second day, Matty Crocker and I started our session; it was the first time we had ever written together.
As a songwriter, you always hope that every writing session leads to an incredible song, but unfortunately it doesn’t always happen. That day, however, I think Matt and I both knew we had come across something special – the song ‘Thank You Jesus’. The idea was sparked from a comment that our Creative Pastor, Cass Langton, made about how it would be great to have a ”Thank You” song in church. A song themed around the message of gratitude towards God. From there we began to work on a chorus that simply said:
”Thank You Jesus, You set me free. Christ my Saviour You rescued me.”
There was something about the simplicity of those words that we both instantly loved – thanking Him for setting us free and thanking Him for giving everything to rescue us. As Christians, it is important to call to remembrance the day of your salvation. Personally, I remember that day so clearly. It was the day I made a decision to follow Jesus and it changed my life forever. I want to always keep it fresh in my heart.
When we introduced this song to our church, our hope was that it would stir people’s hearts to worship God and it seemed to do just that. People stood to their feet and started singing it loud. It was overwhelming to watch people step in to the presence of God and embrace this song as their own. It is humbling to see how God can use something as simple as a song to draw people closer to Him.
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