I often find that knowing the context of a song gives me more of an appreciation for it and the message it conveys. I love to hear how God works in the everyday of people’s lives, and understanding the personal story that produced a piece of music gives me a bigger picture of God, and that always produces worship in me.
My experience is also that the most hope-filled songs are born out of a hidden struggle. This is the story of the gospel, that in our greatest need, God provides. In the depths of despair, the life and death of Jesus give hope. In times and places of darkness, the light of the world shines most brightly.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)
‘How he loves’ is a song that we’ve sung regularly over the past few years at City Church. I personally appreciate the way it captures an awe-filled and incredulous response to God’s lavish and undeserved love. In the video below, the song’s author John Mark McMillan tells how the story behind this song is one of light in darkness. I hope it gives you a better understanding of the song, and ultimately helps you to see and worship Jesus: