BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#17 - "Beautiful Mystery" by Telecast
Kevin Davis speaks with Telecast's Josh White about the biblical inspiration behind their song "Beautiful Mystery."
 


I’ve greatly enjoyed the band Telecast since their debut album The Beauty of Simplicity, followed by Eternity Is Now which contains the great song "Release The Deep." I'm just now discovering their latest release, Quiet Revolution to be their best overall album.

The Brit-pop musical style and deep singing voice of Josh White combined with his biblical lyrics really resonates with me. My favorite song on the latest album is "Beautiful Mystery," a great vertical worship song based on John 14:9:

Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

The song is also based on Romans 1:20:

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Josh White from Telecast found inspiration in the lonely countryside of Iceland. He recently spoke to me about this experience.

"I was mediating on the mysteriousness of loving a God that I can't see when it hit me that it is a far greater mystery that I believe so firmly not just in this unseen God's existence but in His Love for me," White shares. "Unseen realities do not cause me much discomfort, or even bring much skepticism into my mind, for the things that I love most about those I love is not what is seen. Do not get me wrong, I love to look at my wife. But what I love most about my wife is not what I see 'the outer woman', but who I know 'the inner woman.'"

"Jesus said to Phillip in John 14:9, 'Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me?' Phillip saw Him but did not know Him. The mystery is not the unseen for we always see whatever we are filled with. Paul wrote in Romans 1:20 that 'His invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made. He was filled with a God he knew and therefore saw Him in everything!'"

"This song is a great take on these passages and expresses adoration to our unseen God for blessing us with the ability to know Him and His creation. Paul really urges us to have that assurance of His divinity from viewing what God has made and believing in our hearts by faith alone. He really is a ‘beautiful mystery’ and worthy of all our praise."

Lyrics to "Beautiful Mystery:"

I will praise You / With all of my heart, soul, and strength / And I need You / More and more each day / Lord I love You / At the foot of the cross I will stay

Your blood it covers me / So I'll sing

CHORUS: Hallelujah / It's a beautiful mystery / Hallelujah / to love someone you can't see / Hallelujah / to be loved by You my King, my King


I love when a song can help me pray the greatest commandment of the Bible:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and combine the cry of my heart to be closer to God “more and more each day” with my praise and thankfulness for being loved by my King.

I can’t help but sing at the top of my lungs this great song of vertical worship!

You can listen to the song here.

Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music as well as, movies, TV shows and multiple PodCasts. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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