#866 - "You Are Good" by C3 Live
C3 Live worship paster Andrew Bennett shares the testimony in their community that inspired "You Are Good."

Posted: October 17, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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C3 Church San Diego has released the worship album Love So Wild by their worship team C3 Live. The band is led by Australian worship pastor Andrew Bennett, and this album was recorded at a special night of worship in San Diego featuring multiple C3 worship leaders.

C3's mission statement is to be "a church that is fresh, real, powerful, and has at its heart the Great Commission to win souls and make disciples of all nations. A church that impacts the city and influences the nations towards Jesus Christ. A church that has a culture and atmosphere of faith, hope, and love. A church that develops leaders and empowers people to become all that God had purposed and destined for their lives."

"Music is unique in its ability to bypass the senses and minister to people in ways words cannot always do," Andrew Bennett shares. "Praise and worship helps us to fulfill the mission of our worship team to create an environment where people can experience the life transforming presence and power of God." I had the chance to speak with Andrew Bennett about "You Are Good."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I wasn't the primary writer of the song; it was Providence Cordell, who came into our church a couple of years ago. She has a video where she shared her testimony that she battled with sickness and pain in her body and anxiety and depression her whole life. People she knew from where she grew up told her that was probably what God wanted for her, it was God's will that she was sick and He was trying to teach her something. 

She came into our church and she heard preaching of faith that God has healing for us and that He has an abundant life for us in Christ. She started to believe for healing, and actually experienced a miraculous breakthrough where she doesn't have pain in her body anymore, and she is full of joy and free from anxiety and depression. She wrote this song based on that experience and the revelation that God is good and that He has good things for us.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG): "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands."

Psalm 13:5-6 (The Message): "I've thrown myself headlong into Your arms--I'm celebrating Your rescue. I'm singing at the top of my lungs, I'm so full of answered prayers."

Psalm 27:4 (NKJV): "One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple."

Psalm 27:8 (NKJV): When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV): "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Philippians 1:3 (The Voice): "Whenever you cross my mind, I thank my God for you and for the gift of knowing you."

Romans 8:28 (The Voice): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

What is the takeaway message?

Throughout the process of making this album, Isaiah 43:18-19 was one of the Bible passages that inspired us. That was huge for us. Especially with worship music, it's so easy to get attached to and remember the former things. We have a traditional ideas of what praise and worship sounds like and which instruments should be used in church. We have a lot of great memories about the former things, growing up singing songs we all loved. The whole concept of "behold a new thing, do you not perceive it?" is about what God is doing right now. 

When I look around now it may cause me to hang on to my fond memories of the old things, and doesn't pay homage to the traditions I grew up and was comfortable with, but we want to introduce a new and current sound that younger people can connect with. They desperately need to hear the Word of God. But if we keep packaging it in the old sound that we are comfortable with but it means nothing to them--we need to have the perception that God is doing something new. We constantly are open to new things and letting go of the old and embracing what God is doing right now.

This song is about inviting people into this place where it is safe to open their hearts and open their hands. Sometimes we can come into the presence of God with an element of fear that God's going to take away something I enjoy or He has judgment for my failings. The revelation for this song is that it is a safe and embracing place to let your guard down and express that God is good and He is the Father of life. For me, I love this song because it lets me open my heart to an embrace and encounter with God. It's an invitation to let your guard down and taste and see that God is good.

Find me here
Open heart and open hands
Speak to me
Breathe Your life into my bones
As I seek Your face
You are filling up this space
You are good

Meet me here
Hold me safe within Your arms
Every fear
Melts away in perfect love
And I feel Your peace
Filling every part of me
You are good

And I'll worship You forever
For eternity I'll sing
That You are good
And I'll praise Your Name forever
You're restoring all my hope
'Cause You are good

I hear Your voice
Speaking light into the dark
Steadfast love
Ever with me from the start
Even when I've gone astray
Still I hear You call my name
You are good
And I'll worship You forever
For eternity I'll sing
That You are good
And I'll praise Your Name forever
You're restoring all my hope
'Cause You are good, (You are good)

And I'll worship You forever
For eternity I'll sing
That You are good
And I'll give You all the glory
For Your love has made me whole
'Cause You are good, (You are good)

You called me out into a spacious place
Where I am free to live and dream and
Run and not grow weary
You are good

In a lot of ways, the song has a psalmist's vulnerability, like David saying "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Psalm 34:8 (NKJV). The song uses prayer-filled phrasing like "You called me out into a spacious place, where I am free to live and dream and run and not grow weary, You are good." That's a big part of Christian living, praying back to God with thankfulness for what He has given us and remembering to lift up our eyes and our voices to Him who gives all that is good.

I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song filled with biblical truth. I am especially comforted by the poetic truth of the lyrics, inspired by Isaiah 43 where Scripture says: "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." This song celebrates the freedom we are promised in God's Holy Word (2 Corinthians 5:17): "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." Christians are new creations on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives us new life, and we don't have to live anymore with our guilt, fears or worries.

This song is a sincere offering of praise back to the Lord, to express our desire to seek His face, feel His peace and hear His voice. Worship is about giving God our best, offering all of ourselves to Him. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. According to God's Word in Jeremiah 29:13, we need to search for God with all of our heart, and we will find Him. In our fast-paced society, how often are we dedicating our whole heart to God?

"You are Good" celebrates the truth written in "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis, which depicts Aslan (God) as described in the book and movie: "He's not safe, but He's good." Yes, He's very good. If you think about the type of faith we are called to have as believers, it is described as the faith of a mustard seed, and we are called to "walk by faith and not by sight." This song reminds me to have resolve and be steadfast as a follower of Jesus, remembering to keep our eyes wide open, find ways to serve Him and run and not grow weary. All we need is faith, and God will show us what He has planned for us. He's the author of our lives and knows what's best for us, much better than we do. As I listen to this song, I'm challenged to seek God's face, lifting my eyes to the Lord and singing "I'll worship You forever, For eternity I'll sing, that You are good." Amen to that!

Listen to the song below.


NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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