#943 - "God, You're So Good" by Passion
Brett Younker talks about the passion behind the worship band's latest church anthem.

Posted: October 17, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Passion's songs have consistently been some of CCM's most popular worship music, with many of their songs being sung by millions in churches across the country. Some recent staples, include "10,000 Reasons," "Lord, I Need You," "One Thing Remains," "My Victory" and "Even So Come." 

The live releases drawn from each year's conferences have been highly anticipated since the first edition in 1998. Their worship songs have been a constant companion for me personally on my faith journey. I've had the privilege to speak with many Passion artists over the past 11 years of writing devotionals, including "Waiting Here For You," "Whom Shall I Fear," "You Found Me," "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner" and "Remember."

Whole Heart marks the newest release from Passion and features the most balanced line-up yet, with new standout songs by CCM superstars Kristian Stanfill, Crowder, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Brett Younker and Matt Redman. I had the chance to speak with Brett Younker about, "God, You’re So Good."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I enjoyed helping write, "God, You’re So Good." Kristian Stanfill and I had an opportunity to go to Los Angeles for a few days and write songs with Brooke and Scott Ligertwood, from Hillsong Church. We've loved these guys for many years. I first met them at Passion 2017. Brooke led worship again at Passion 2018. It was while we were in Los Angeles that Brooke brought up this song, which has a really old chorus, "God, You’re so good/God, You’re so good/God, You’re so good/You’re so good to me." She said she sang that chorus at a conference and it really resonated with people. I know that chorus from growing up in church.

As we were talking, we realized that the church wants to sing about the goodness of God. We decided to take this old chorus and write some lyrics for some verses around it to talk about the goodness of God. The more we discussed it, the more we realized that the place that God's goodness was fully expressed was at Calvary, at the cross.

It's at the cross that you see that God loves you. God has a pursuit of you and me to the extent of His Son dying on the cross, compelled by His love for us. In a moment that looked like darkness had overcome and evil had won, God's plan moved forward. This is what God was doing the whole time. It' s so good to sing about the cross. That expresses the goodness of God.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 13:5-6 (MSG): "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."

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

Romans 8:11 (VOICE): "If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you."

Romans 8:28 (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."

Romans 8:37 (NLT): "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."

Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV): "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins."

Ephesians 2:13 (NKJV): "But, now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen."
What is the takeaway message?

As we finished "God, You’re So Good," the third verse came out, "And, should this life bring suffering/Lord, I will remember what Calvary has bought for me/Both now and forever." That sprung the song forward for me. I remember when we played this song for Louie and Shelly Giglio, from Passion City Church. They said this was the song they’ve wanted to sing at the Passion Conference for the past twenty years and this is the message that we’ve carried. Even though we live in a broken world, we have an incredible hope because of the cross of Jesus.

Later on, we came up with the song's bridge, which expresses what we have now, because of the cross and the goodness of God. It speaks to what belongs to us currently: "I am blessed, I am called/I am healed/I am whole/I am saved in Jesus' name/Highly favored, anointed/Filled with Your power." These things we need to sing over ourselves. We don’t always think that way, but by faith, we get all of that, because of what Christ did for us on the cross. That’s really cool. We were thinking about Romans 8 and Ephesians 2.

"God, You’re So Good" has been a powerful song and powerful confession at Passion and as we’ve been singing the song at our church. Seeing the song wash over people and being able to declare what we do have in Jesus’ name has been powerful. So, often we think about what we don't have and what we come to God for. Having a song that says I'm blessed, healed and anointed by God has been cool to sing over our congregation. This song helps lift our eyes up to God and off of ourselves and our circumstances. When we are faced with difficult days and difficult people, it begins to rock our faith.

Singing a song like this, your heart begins to believe again that God is good and has good intentions for your life. He will follow through on those things. My hope is that this song builds your faith. And, rather than focus on what you lack, remember that because the cross of Jesus you have access to everything by faith. I hope that fills up your heart and puts fresh wind into your soul. God is good. Let His goodness define you.
Amazing love
That welcomes me
The kindness of mercy
That bought with blood, wholeheartedly
My soul undeserving

God, You're so good
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
You're so good to me

Behold the cross
Age to age
And hour by hour
The dead are raised, the sinner saved
The work of Your power

God, You're so good
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
You're so good to me
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
You're so good to me

I am blessed, I am called
I am healed, I am whole
I am saved in Jesus' name
Highly favored, anointed
Filled with Your power
For the glory of Jesus’ name
I am blessed, I am called
I am healed, I am whole
I am saved in Jesus' name
Highly favored, anointed
Filled with Your power
For the glory of Jesus’ name

And should this life
Bring suffering
Lord, I will remember
What Calvary has bought for me
Both now and forever

God, You're so good
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
You're so good to me

I am blessed, I am called
I am healed, I am whole
I am saved in Jesus' name
Highly favored, anointed
Filled with Your power
For the glory of Jesus’ name

God, You're so good
God, You're so good
God, You're so good
You're so good to me

Closing Thoughts

Whole Heart lights a fire in Christians to know and proclaim what you stand for, no matter what the world tells you to do. God can do immeasurably more than anything and everything you can ask or even imagine. And, this song is a true celebration of the great biblical truth of "Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" from Ephesians 3:20. God wants us to boldly approach the throne of mercy and grace to receive and obtain what we need from Him.
"God, You’re So Good" is about submitting ourselves completely to Jesus and His goodness and allowing His blood to cover us and run through our veins. I get very emotional when I sing along with this song. This is a song that we can all sing over our loved ones and to God to thank Him for His blessings. 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: "Amazing love that welcomes me, the kindness of mercy that bought with blood, wholeheartedly my soul undeserving."
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. When God created us in His image, He said, "it is very good." This song 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. The message of this song challenges listeners to think about our own doubts and how Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection, to remember that He has overcome death and fear. I'm challenged to remember to count my blessings and sing Him this song, “I am blessed, I am called, I am healed, I am whole, I am saved in Jesus' name, Highly favored, anointed/Filled with Your power/For the glory of Jesus’ name.” Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time 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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