BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#978 - "Good News" by Mandisa
NRT's Kevin Davis talks with Mandisa about depression, salvation, and the Good News of Jesus Christ in her latest single.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #978 -
Posted: July 02, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Often an artist's strengths inspire their best work. But for acclaimed pop-and-gospel singer Mandisa, it's her very human flaws and frailties that gave birth to her stellar fifth album, Out of the Dark, after spending much of the past few years suffering from depression. 

She has emerged from the pit of depression with a willingness to be totally transparent and vulnerable about her journey. "My hope is that people will be on this journey with me," explains Mandisa. "When I began, I was in a really dark place, but where I am today is so much better and so much lighter." The album features "Unfinished," "Good News," and "Bleed the Same."
 
Mandisa is the acclaimed Season 5 American Idol finalist, and a multiple Grammy and GMA Dove Award nominee. You may have seen her set at this year's Winter Jam tour. A theme that Mandisa weaves throughout all of her albums is about remembering our identity of who we are in Christ. I had the opportunity to interview Mandisa in-person before her appearance at Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about her hit song, "Good News."


Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

"Good News" is a part-two song. Part one is the song on my Overcomer album called "Dear John" for my brother, John. He was not a Christian. And I so desired for him to be a believer. I wrote that song as a plea for him to give his life to Jesus in 2013. In 2016, he called me up and said he was ready to accept Jesus as his Savior. I prayed the prayer of salvation with my brother. And, now, he's a Christian. 

Immediately, I shared the good news online. And so many people shared in my joy because they were praying along with me. It's amazing when something you've been praying for materializes. And, when it has eternal implications, nothing compares to that. 

I wish we could see what happens in heaven when someone accepts Jesus as their Savior. I'm sure it's the most joyful celebration you could ever imagine. How much more should we have the biggest praise party since we understand the power of life over death? There's nothing that can be compared to that. This is what "Good News" is about.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Luke 15:7 (NLT): "In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away."

Luke 4:18-19 (NIV): "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 

Luke 15:3-7 (NIV): "Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

John 7:38 (NKJV): "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."

John 4:29 (NKJV): "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

Romans 5:8 (VOICE): "But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display-the Anointed One died for us."

John 3:16 (VOICE): "For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life."

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."

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT): "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."

What is the takeaway message?

Do you see how excited I am? That's the thing about good news. I shout it from the rooftops when I've experience something I cannot wait to share with others. How much more should it be for those of us who know what it is to have salvation? How much more should we want those that we love to experience that same joy? That is why we share the good news. That is why we testify and give our praise reports. It's because we want the world to know about a great God who still does great things.
 
My last album is called, Out of the Dark, because it chronicles the journey I've had in battling depression. It's a constant fight and it might be my thorn in the flesh that I have to fight against daily. The enemy wants to take my joy. One of the things I have seen is how depression and anxiety has become an epidemic. One way we can celebrate is the good news that God isn't done with us yet. Any day we are still breathing is a day that we can walk closer with Him. It's not going to be easy, but we are not alone. This song celebrates the good news of salvation and the good news that God isn't done with us yet.
 
Lyrics:
I've been quiet for way too long
I can't fight it no, no more
Got a story and it's time to tell
'Cause I just can't, just can't keep it to myself
Somebody give me a microphone or a megaphone
Or a telephone (I gotta share it)
You're gonna clap your hands
Gonna wanna dance when you hear it (hear what?)
 
Good news
Got that old made new
Got that joy coming through
Got me feeling alright
Good news
Got that skip in my step
Feel that beat in my chest
Got that love in my life
I'm talking good, good news
I got that good good news, yeah
 
I been praying (how long?)
For so, so long
Believing (for what?)
That day would come
He heard me (yes, He did)
And He pulled me out
He put me right here for such a time as now
 
Come on, clap your hands
Do that funky dance
 
Good news
Got that old made new
Got that joy coming through
Got me feeling alright
Good news
Got that skip in my step
Feel that beat in my chest
Got that love in my life
I'm talking good, good news
I got that good good news, yeah
 
If you got it, share it
If you need it, receive it
Come on, tell everyone that it's all about good news (all about good news)
So much pain in the world
Dark in the world
Sure could use a little light in the world
So come on, tell me your good news
 
Good news
Got that old made new
Got that joy coming through
Got me feeling alright
Good news
Got that skip in my step
Feel that beat in my chest
Got that love in my life
I'm talking good good news
I got that good good news, yeah
Good good news
I got that good good news


Closing Thoughts

One of the reasons I feel so strongly about featuring female artists making faith-based music, like Mandisa, is that they are representing a desire for holiness and purity to my three daughters, which is so important. God's love is pure and unconditional. The world wouldn't know this unless they've experienced Him personally. Commit to holiness, trust in Jesus, and this song can be your anthem. No matter what you've done, you can be pure in the Lord's sight.

Think about the story of the woman at the well (John 4:7-42). Think about how excited she was to drop her bucket and to tell the town's folk to "come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?". Jesus knows everything about us. And His Spirit is the well of living water. That's a picture of His love for us. He is our Savior. That's Good News.
 
As followers of Jesus, we know that we can trust God's Word. We're all a work in progress. Have faith and let God "work all things together for good." Spend time with God, and let Him redeem and restore you. 

We're not at the end of our journey. God's still writing our stories of redemption. He wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what He's started in all who have put their hope and trust in Jesus for salvation. God has a plan for "those who love Him; who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We really bring nothing to the table. Jesus says there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. When a sinner turns to God, heaven throws a party.
 
"Good News" is an anthem of praise. Many of my favorite songs are based on the joy and themes of trusting in God from the Gospels. So many people struggle to apply God's Word to their lives. The Good News of the Gospel, which this song perfectly portrays, is that God accepts us no matter what we've done or what we're going through.

With God, all things are possible. The same goes for salvation. We can't earn heaven. It's only through complete surrender to Jesus that we can be saved. "Good News" is a great reminder of that biblical truth. I find myself praying and singing along with this amazing song as it expresses deep desires that many people have. As Christians, we can loudly proclaim, "So much pain in the world/Dark in the world/Sure could use a little light in the world/So come on tell me your good news." Amen to that.

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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