"Blessed Be" by Jason Gray is my favorite song from the album All The Lovely Losers
Both the song and the album title which comes from the opening lyrics are based on The Beatitudes, which is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Other songs based on this passage are "Bless The Lord," "Amen" and "Narrow" by Shaun Groves from his album White Flag
which is thematically linked to The Beatitudes. Jason has a unique perspective in that he has a speech impediment and finds strength and comfort in the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:1-12
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.
Jesus really loves us just as we are, not who we pretend to be. Not only does he love our weaknesses, he blesses us because of them. Being poor in spirit, meek, persecuted, and insulted bring blessings from God, which is all we need. When I first heard this song, I liked the melody and message, but I didn’t know Jason’s story which makes it even more powerful for me.
Jason speaks about his song "Blessed Be" which is based on the Beatitudes. With his speech handicap, this has special significance to him. He feels the Beatitudes are saying "blessed are the losers" and he's ok with that "because that means there's room for me". "There seems to be a special blessing available only to the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, or in a word: the losers. It’s a shame that most times we are deathly afraid of becoming the kind of person Jesus described as eligible for this blessing."
Lyrics to "Blessed Be"
All the lovely losers
Who never thought you’d hear your name
Always on the outside
Empty at the wishing well
But time will tell
The ones who know that they are weak
They shall see
The Kingdom come to the broken ones
Like you’re drinking from a salt sea
But one day you’ll be satisfied
For the taste of mercy
If only you could have your fill
One day you will
Not for the strong, the beautiful, the brave
Not for the ones who think they’ve got it made
It’s for the poor, the broken, and the meek
It’s for the ones who look a lot like you and me
Jason really captures what it means to be loved unconditionally by Jesus in this song. I love knowing that in my brokenness, I am actually closer to God than when "I think I have it made." It is so wonderful to know that being a 'loser' by the world’s standards is what we are called to be as devoted followers of Jesus. Live for Him and “you’ll be satisfied."
Listen to "Blessed Be" by clicking here.