#20 - "The Only One" by Kelly Mack
NRT contributor Kevin Davis continues his devotional series by speaking with Kelly Mack about the Biblical inspiration behind her debut single.
I am a big fan of singer-songwriters who use Biblical inspiration in their songwriting. New artist Kelly Mack credits the Book of Psalms: "My songs generally originate from the Psalms, which contain such amazing poetry," she explains.
The stand-out song to me on Kellyís debut album Take Me With You is the first radio single, "The Only One," a song that conveys Godís passionate love for His children, and stirs your heart in a manner like Leigh Nash singing her Sixpence None The Richer hit song "Breathe Your Name." Kellyís vocal style also reminds me of Enya, Dido and Michelle Tumes.
I had the great privilege to speak with Kelly directly about her song and here is what she had to say.
"This song comes from Psalm 36. It is not word for word, but it is my reflection of that Psalm when considering my own heart. The beginning of Ps. 36 (Verses 1-4) talks about how wicked sin is.
'Sin whispers to the wicked deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. In their blind conceit they cannot see how wicked they really are. Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good. They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.'
"After reading that and looking at my own heart," Kelly continued, "I thought about how wicked I am and how slowly and quietly darkness can creep into one's heart. It really is amazing how deceitful we can be and how sin becomes a web that blinds us from the truth of who we really are.
The second part of the psalm talks about God's amazing love (v.5-10)."
'Your unfailing love o lord is as vast as the heavens, your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean's depths. You care for people and animals alike, how precious is your unfailing love o god. all humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. you feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you.'
"The verses of the song talk about how wicked we are, (from the first half of the psalm) but the chorus is rejoicing in the fact that God is the only one who truly knows our hearts and how dark they are, and yet he is also the only one who covers us in his unfailing love like a blanket. He forgets our sins, and blots them out and covers them with his beauty.
This is from the second part of the psalm. God's love is so amazing, so mysterious, this song to me represents the mystery of this love. That we can be so dark, so undeserving, and yet God in his glorious grace, covers us with his love and hides us in his wings, never reminding us of how we have wronged him.
I love the part of the song that says 'you burn the record of my wrongs'. That is such a beautiful picture to me of God burning the book that contains a detailed description of all of my shame, and remembering it no more. I could go on and on about how wonderful that is to me. I think you get the picture of what moved me to write about it."
What a great picture we get of how God keeps no record of our wrongs and what a great interpretation of Psalm 36. Another all-time favorite song of mine based on that Psalm is "Your Love Oh Lord" by Third Day from Time.
There is nothing greater than knowing that Godís love will never fail us and reaches for us "to the heavens." Whenever Iím having one of those days where Iím feeling down and lonely, Godís love is all I need and this song is a great way to connect with Him.
Here are the lyrics:
verse 1: "I'm as black as the night, I hide out in corners pretending I'm alright. I could say that I'm free, that's just one of my lies, I'm a slave to wicked me."
pre chorus: "but it's not long before the apple's not so sweet, not long before I realize I'm tangled in this web I weave."
chorus: "But You're the only one, who would cover me with mercy, and wrap me in the blanket of Your love. You're the one who burns the record of my wrongs, You make me strong, You are the one."
verse 2: "I'm the only one who knows that I'm rotten inside from my head to my toes. I cheat and I lie, If misery's for sale then I'm looking to buy."
bridge: "There's a darkness I keep, it feeds on my soul and it won't go to sleep, it shies away from the light so my shadows and secrets stay tucked out of sight."
This is a very cool reflective song to express our devotion back to God for His love. Kelly uses very transparent lyrics and heartfelt emotion to express her walk with God. I can really relate to her imagery of being fooled by myself and needing to rely on God for strength. I especially like her second verse about ďlooking to buy miseryĒ as truly when we give in to temptation and our sinful natures, thatís what we get. True happiness, joy and love can only come from God. Thank you Kelly for that reminder and for a song to express to God that He is ďThe Only OneĒ.
You can listen to the song here.
Posted November 03, 2008 | 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.